One thing I've missed about being a full time stay at home mom is spending time in the kitchen with my kids. I loved helping my girls bake pies or other goodies. Now when my boys get home from school, I'm still working, and then in the evenings I'm usually doing blogging work. I know, this past week doesn't show evidence of blogging, but we've been out of town so that's why it's been quiet around here.
Before we headed down to Williamsburg, my youngest made a fruit salad that turned out fantastic. We had partnered with Curious Chef to do a review & giveaway. He's the only one who hasn't spent much time in the kitchen. When he learned we'd be using these tools, he got a cooking bug, and started making omelets! I have no idea where he came up with that, but they've turned out fantastic!
We'd gone shopping for fruit, and I picked up some at our local farmers market. Shopping with him gave me the opportunity to help him learn how to choose ripe fruit. When the kids are with me, I always try to make it a learning experience in one way or another.
Now, my one mom "fail" was not catching him before he started cutting up the apple to make sure he washed off all the residue on the apple. He went to town peeling it because he was pretty gung-ho about the entire process. Needless to say, I didn't have a chance to instruct him on how to use it either. I guess it's a positive that he's not afraid to take charge and get the job done.
The Curious Chef came in a 6-piece set. I think he probably used the safety knife more than any of the other items. I washed them the night before so at least everything was clean before he dove in. The knife was able to do most of the work cutting through a cantaloupe, apple, and watermelon. The watermelon was more like splitting it apart more than actually cutting it. It also didn't get through the pineapple well, but that's not something it should be able to cut through. Being that it's a knife that children are meant to be safe with, it's meant to cut through something that doesn't have such a hard exterior as a pineapple.
He cut through the cantaloupe just fine. That's where the melon baller came in handy. It took him a handful of tries before he figure out how to make little balls, but he got it figured out. They turned out really good! The cantaloupe I got was super juicy, and he made quite the mess with his initial tries. What fun is it if you don't get a little messy in the kitchen? Right?
When we got to the apple slicer, he told me he didn't want me to video tape him cutting it because it uses full upper strength, and he wasn't sure if he'd get through it without embarrassing himself. I'm happy to report he got through the apple without any problems. I think because it's so wide, and so easy to hold it's better for kids to get through them.
This was a terrific set for my son to use. I would completely trust him to use the tools whenever he wants to make something in the kitchen. I have to admit, as I looked through their catalog I made quite the list of other kid friendly items I wanted for him to be able to use.
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