If you’re looking for kid-friendly kitchen knives, cookware, and tools you’ve come to the right place!
Katie Kimball here – my 4 kids and I created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help bring real food and independence to families all over. Over 10,000 kids have joined us and we’d love to invite you along for the adventure!
TruChef KIDS Knife set – very small chef’s knife, paring knife, peeler, scissors and holder – in blue or pink. We’ve really enjoyed this set and it makes a great gift! The related onion goggles are excellent too.
Classic 4-Inch Paring KnifeOne 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). This knife is affordable enough to be a stocking stuffer!
Spring Chef Measuring Spoons – fits in the jar! (My mom and I just bought these for a wedding shower and I couldn’t help but think how perfect they are for our Beginners learning measuring. When you have to “pour” from a spice jar into a spoon, even adults sometimes make a mess. With little ones’ small motor skills still developing, a little “shake-a-shake-a” can turn into a big dump. I love that these spoons will go right into the spice jar! You might still need a spill bowl to snowplow it flat for “No Holes, No Hills,” but most 4yos and up can do a little side-to-side shake inside the jar and save a lot of time.)
Cuisinart 5 1/2 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot (This is the pot from the videos when we cook rice – 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!)
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!
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.
Electric Pressure Cookers
Instant Pot 6-qt: this is the one in the Premium Content videos 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.
GoWISE USA and Utopia Kitchen both have 5 or 6-quart models with stainless steel inserts. There are lots of other brands but I’m not a fan of cooking in non-stick and not being able to use any utensil I want…
Keep in mind that an Instant Pot can also be used as a slow cooker…but sometimes you need both!
This Bella brand is the most similar available to the one in the videos. It has its pros and cons! I would recommend 6-quart or larger for families.
Ingredients We Use in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
Real Salt: Not only do I LOVE Redmond as a company, this is the only salt I use in my house, and I buy it by the bucket! It’s high-quality at an affordable price, and available in mainstream grocery stores.
Dried Minced Onion (used often in slow cooker/Instant Pot meals, Premium Content class – just get a big container; the little ones are too expensive and get used up too fast!)
Dried Minced Garlic (same as above – and I link to a search for the term only because Amazon changes its stock too much and I don’t want to stick you with one that might disappear – but price check per ounce!)
Kids Cookbooks, Recipes and Kid-Friendly Cooking Classes
New Favorites for New Cooks This cookbook is written by a chef who is the founder of Charlie Carts, an amazing real food cooking program for kids – one of my team members has been lucky enough to experience them at her local library and was very impressed. I love that there are 50 recipes, all whole foods, and every one we have tried has been incredibly delicious!!
Anise Loves GREEN Food A kid’s picture book about a little boy who loves to draw and his sister who loves to cook, so perfect for Kids Cook Real Food! Leah has made almost every recipe in the book, we love it so much!
My First Kitchen Binder for Kids Perfect for helping little cooks-in-training get started in the kitchen. Your child will not only have a helpful tool but a treasured keepsake to enjoy for years to come.
The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease – in children! Dr. Madiha Saeed spent years compiling this incredible resource using FOOD (and lifestyle) to truly heal over 70 diseases that haunt children and families. I’ve met Dr. Saeed, and she is one of the most genuine, helpful, and positive people you can imagine. I highly recommend her book.
Simple Green Meals This has been helping us get more vegetables in our diet, and these recipes are so unique and flavorful, plus gorgeous photos make us want to eat every one!
100 Days of Real Food on a Budget This one is a new favorite, especially because Lisa’s girls have recipes in the book! She’s a big proponent of kids cooking and yours will be inspired by these photos and simple recipes (and you’ll be happy to save a few bucks per meal!).
The Wellness Mama Cookbook This cookbook is not written specifically for kids, but as a mom of 6, my friend Katie (the author) includes a ton of kid-friendly recipes, all real food stuff, and plenty of things I know that her own kids make. We’ve been cooking from it regularly and have yet to find a recipe we didn’t love!