Thanks for joining Kids Cook Real Food through Niles Homeschool Partnership!
Let’s focus the power of that Amazon gift card. We have suggestions for how you can spend it to make your experience teaching the Kids Cook Real Food lessons the best it can be!
There are three lists:
- one for those who need the basic tools in order to get started with the lessons
- one for people who already have the basics and would like to get some specialized kitchen tools
- and finally, a list of extra fun things that will just enrich your family’s experience with the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
Before we get to those three lists, I’d like to make sure you know about our paperback/spiral-bound curriculum and recipe books. All of the materials you’ll need to teach the course are PDFs on your flash drive, but if you’re the type that prefers real paper and don’t want to print/collate all the lesson plans then the in-print books might be right for you. They’re available on Amazon and could absolutely be part of your funds.
You should be able to buy one item in each category within the gift card amount you have, if these are some basics you’ll need. If you have something in your kitchen that more or less matches these items, move on to the next category and get something new! DO make sure you have a paring knife and a chef’s knife (6 inches or less) that fit your child’s hands. There are many brands less expensive than the Wusthof we love. 🙂
- A cutting board:
- A good knife (or knives):
- 6-Inch Gourmet Chef’s Knife (our favorite! Wusthof has a 5-inch too)
- Classic Victorinox 4-Inch Paring Knife One of our small-handed team members uses this in place of a chef’s knife and says it can do almost anything, from dicing veggies to cutting chicken. It’s a good fit for children’s hands, sharp and sturdy enough to make an impact, and America’s Test Kitchen #1 economical pick (after Wusthof brand).
- SMÅBIT knife and peeler set from IKEA designed especially for children
- Kai Little Chef – only 12.5 cm long, real stainless steel, sounds like a real winner for little hands!!
- Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set (made especially for kids, recommended by many members – but I only recommend for kids who would be using butter knives anyway, younger than 6 years old. Beyond that, real knives, please!)
- A vegetable peeler: OXO Good Grips Y Peeler, the one I use regularly
- Measuring cups & spoons:
- OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cups (helpful to have a range of them in your kitchen, also nice for pouring practice for little ones)
- CIA Masters Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Rectangular Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons (these will fit in your spice jars!)
- A whisk:
- Mixing bowls:
More Than Basics
As long as you have the kitchen basics above, you can complete almost all of the lessons. All these tools are also in the videos and would be helpful to have (or an equivalent that’s already in your home, such as another style of skillet or tongs).
- Ove’ Glove (or any easy-grip, heat resistant glove, but you’ll see this one in the videos)
- Tongs: 11 and 14-inch silicone/stainless steel tongs – the easiest we’ve found for turning veggies while sauteeing and not burning fingers!!!
- A spatula/turner:
- Dozenegg Square End Spatula you’ll see this metal spatula on cast iron in the videos (Intermediate and Advanced Classes 6 and 7, and I LOVE using it! Necessary for cast iron and eggs IMO.)
- OXO Good Grips Spatula flexible and great for cookies!
- OXO Good Grips Nylon Turner for your cookware you don’t want to scratch
- Salad spinner: OXO SoftWorks Salad Spinner (three sizes; push button operation; nonslip base, shown in Beginner Class 7)
- Colanders: OXO 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander (for draining beans and washing produce)
- Pampered Chef Mix n Chop (useful for browning ground beef, shown in Intermediate Class 8)
- Cast iron skillet: Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Skillet
- Pot: Cuisinart 5 1/2 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot (This is the pot from the videos when we cook rice in Intermediate Class 5 – it’s nice because it’s fairly lightweight for kids but it is a little thinner and will scorch more easily than a very heavy-bottomed pot…although I’ve been known to make a mess of those, too!)
- Rolling pin: French Rolling Pin (the fav for both Leah and me for rolling dough, Intermediate Class 7)
- Muffin Making Supplies for Intermediate Class 4:
- A pastry blender/cutter, Intermediate Class 7
Extra Fun Things
I listed these fun items in order of what I’d want in my kitchen to help kids make great meals…
- A cute apron:
- An immersion/hand blender:
- Food processor: Cuisinart Elite 14-Cup Food Processor Used in Class 7, Advanced
- Spiralizer – We love making “zoodles” and more at our house! Someday I’ll have to do videos, but trust me, these are kid-friendly tools. I’ve tried a few and this is the best counter-top version and this is a super low-priced cute little thing. Here’s a video of my kids using ours.
- Electric Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot 6-qt (this is the one we use in Premium Content videos you can add on HERE and it does great for a family of 4-6 people. Many recipes fit doubled. Newer ones are coming out with a few more features and “Smart” technology, if you dig that kind of thing. How to decide which one to buy.
- MasterChef Junior has a cute line of kid-size kitchen goods!
- Bread Machine: There is a HUGE range of prices here. Zojirushi is the cream of the crop and on down to your familiar kitchen brands. This is one item that is great to check for at thrift stores. People often send them off in perfect working order!
- Learning Tower (These are a great kitchen aid that grows with your child, and is quickly and easily adjusted for multiple children in one day. If you have a handyman around, you can also DIY one as a family heirloom.)
- Norpro Onion Holder (to safely hold foods while slicing)
- Apple slicer (be sure your kids know to keep fingers on TOP, but until they can use a knife on their own, this little tool is great for kids!)
If you want more ideas for kid-friendly kitchen tools and cookbooks, or if you like to source some ingredients online, check out our full resources page here.
Have fun spending that gift card, and thanks for joining us in class!