Foodstirs, food crafting kits
Generation Z (the group born in 1995 to present) has a curious attitude toward food, healthy eating and cooking. Thanks to technology, social media and FoodNetwork (all of which are part of their pop culture), this group of kids is more up-to-date on healthy food trends and more inclined to experiment in kitchen. Generation Z possesses some of the youngest cooking prodigies with opportunities to showcase their cooking know-how to the public. According to the NPD Group report, Generation Z consumers prefer home-cooked foods to processed, ready-to-eat meals such as cold cereal, and are not big fans of microwaveable foods – yes they prefer to use the stovetop or oven to prepare meals.
With this generation’s culinary curiosity highly peaked, its no wonder consumers are seeing an emerging trend in food craft kits for kids. Foodstirs is the name of a company specializing in food crafting kits designed to get families in the kitchen cooking together.
The company’s owner, Galit Laibow, created the Foodstirs’ name. It’s a derivation from the words “Foodie” and “Hipster.” The food crafting theme kits are delivered in self-mailer boxes directly to your doorstep.
Each kit contains all of the dry ingredients for the sweet project, a step-by-step recipe card for the food craft and a bonus healthy dinner recipe, skill sheet, specialty cooking tools and craft supplies. Foodstirs strives to use all natural ingredients, and the flours and sugars in the kits are organic.
The Foodstirs Mother’s Day kit also included all the supplies to make a Mother’s day card.
The Foodstir kits aim to teach and inspire children to discover their inner chef. I was provided with two kits and enlisted my niece Caitlin, a sous chef in the making. She’s been asking me to teach her how to cook and these kits provided us with the perfect opportunity!
Since our time was limited, we decided to make the mother’s day kit, and use it as early gift for her mother. The kits include all the dry ingredients in individually labeled packages.
We followed the simple instructions. The kits foster a healthy exploration of different ingredients and bring a fun curiosity to the science of baking.
They also encourage counting, learning how to properly measure ingredients and fine and gross motor skills for stirring and kneading dough – perfect for developing their muscles!
We followed the instructions to create the dough, rolled it out and then cut it into eight wedges.
We placed the wedges on the parchment-lined cookie sheet and brushed them with milk.
Before placing them in the oven, the directions instructed us to sprinkle each scone lightly with some of the remaining sugar – for a little added sweetness.
We topped each scone with a single heart sprinkle, displaying all the love that went into our Mother’s day baking project.
We cooled the scones on a wire baking rack. They smell amazing!
Once the scones were cooled they were ready for packaging. We placed them in a basket, paired them with strawberry jam and teas and tied them up in a southern basket style. Caitlin’s mom loved them and Caitlin was very proud of her gift. We look forward to having another baking session using the Lemon Cookie kit.
Foodstir food craft kits are sold online and delivered directly to your door. They retail for $24.99 – $39.99 for each kit or are sold in a bundle of three for $94.99. The kits are perfect for children ages 4 and up. Chefs designed them and they are kid tested. Foodstir kits help kids be more comfortable and creative in the kitchen, while teaching them basic cooking skills.
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Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of Foodstir food craft kits, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience.