Gear up for our 1st annual Kids Cooking Camp!

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This summer, between all the swimming, reading, traveling and running around you’ll be doing, we at Blue Apron have a key idea for an activity the whole family can do together: cook! Getting kids in on the kitchen action doesn’t just lighten your load; it also teaches them skills they’ll use for life, creates a bonding experience, builds confidence, and encourages them to learn about (and taste!) new foods.

That’s why we’re so excited to share with you our brand-new virtual cooking camp for kids. Each week, we’ll provide a fun, educational activity to help your family learn about food and meal prep. From learning their way around the utensil drawer to growing a key ingredient for dinner (it’s easy, we promise!), your kids will turn into budding chefs (and healthy eaters!) over the next eight weeks. You don’t have to be a Blue Apron subscriber to participate, but if you are, we’ll be sending you materials in the Family Plan box every week between June 27th and August 14th. If you’re not a subscriber, you can still get in on the fun by downloading all the materials from the blog posts below.

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Your whole family will enjoy cooking together, and research shows that everyone will benefit—mentally and physically. Families who cook together eat together, too, studies show, and sitting down for a meal everyday helps boost younger kids’ vocabulary and may make older kids more likely to show up at school, earn good grades, feel close to their parents, and just say no to drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy fast food and takeout. That means this cooking camp isn’t just a fun way to help your kids gain some cooking skills; it truly sets them up for long-term success. What’s not to love?

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While our virtual kids’ cooking camp runs from June 27 to August 14, you don’t have to follow it chronologically if you’d rather jump around. Here’s a sneak peek of our curriculum, tailor-made to help your children learn what goes into dinner every night—from where the food comes from to how to turn those raw ingredients into something spectacular. Download our printable overview HERE. You can hang it on your fridge as you follow along with all the activities this summer.

Here’s what you’ll be doing at camp (and when!):

We want to watch your progress and help you cheer on your fellow virtual campers! Each week, you can share photos of your activities. By doing so, you’ll be entered to win a trip to New York City, where the whole family (up to four people) will co-create a recipe with Blue Apron’s culinary team! To enter the contest, which runs from June 27th to August 22nd at 5pm, simply upload a photo below or tag your Instagram photo with #BAcookingcamp and @blueapron, then follow the link we post in the comments. We can’t wait to follow your cooking camp adventures. Let’s go!

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America’s Tiny Farmers

One of our favorite things about summer is cooking with delicious summer squash. Tender and versatile, summer squash comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, from zucchini to green and yellow zephyr to round eight ball to pattypan (think adorable flying saucer). Like tomatoes, corn and eggplant, summer squash is a seasonal must. But growing it isn’t a simple proposition. It takes serious teamwork, and one of the the most important players isn’t human. Buzzing between squash blossoms, tiny bees perform an essential service: in exchange for sugary nectar, they transfer pollen, which allows the plant to fruit. Read more »

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Week 7: Show and Tell

Wow, what a cooking camp it’s been! Your budding chefs have whipped fresh cream into thick perfection, learned where the ingredients in their Blue Apron box came from, prepared a dinner fit for the First Lady herself, and even grown tasty pea shoots from seeds. This week, they’re the teachers: We want them to show us what they’ve learned. As the stars of their own short cooking videos, they’ll share the kitchen skills, knowledge, or dishes they’ve picked up this summer at the Blue Apron Kids Cooking Camp and what their goals are for the fall! Read more »

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Week 6: Grow It Yourself

Here’s a fun family activity for the summer: Cook! Getting kids in on the kitchen action teaches them skills they’ll use for life, creates a bonding experience, and encourages them to learn about (and taste!) new foods. That’s why we’re so excited about our virtual cooking camp for kids. Each week, we’ll provide a fun, educational activity to help your family learn about food and meal prep. Want to see the full list of activities? Find them here. Now let’s go!

You’ve definitely heard the buzz around “edible schoolyards” and school veggie gardens. There’s a reason health officials, parents, teachers, and students alike love them: Growing their own produce helps kids understand where their food comes from and makes them likelier to try healthy, fresh-grown ingredients. Setting up an entire vegetable garden in your own backyard might not be practical, but this week, we’ll show you how your family can grow a healthy ingredient with just a little time and effort: the humble (but delicious!) pea shoot. Read more »

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Week 5: Eating in Season

Here’s a fun family activity for the summer: Cook! Getting kids in on the kitchen action teaches them skills they’ll use for life, creates a bonding experience, and encourages them to learn about (and taste!) new foods. That’s why we’re so excited about our virtual cooking camp for kids. Each week, we’ll provide a fun, educational activity to help your family learn about food and meal prep. Want to see the full list of activities? Find them here. Now let’s go!

Sometimes, eating with the seasons feels like a no-brainer: Strawberries taste like heaven in June, corn on the cob is so sweet in September, and come October, apples have that snap and crunch you can’t resist. This week, you’ll introduce your kids to the concept of eating seasonally, so they’ll notice how eating what’s ripe now means noshing on fruits and vegetables that taste better and are more nutrient-rich. Read more »

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Week 4: Exploring the Roots of It All

When your food arrives looking clean and ready to peel, chop, or munch, it’s easy to forget where your food actually comes from—especially for kids who haven’t had the chance to visit a farm. But cucumbers and cows’ milk don’t just magically appear on the table; there’s a lot of elbow grease and dedication that goes into every ingredient. And research indicates that understanding where their food comes from makes kids more invested in trying things (even the super-healthy stuff you think they’ll shy away from). This week, you’ll meet the goats behind our tangy goat cheese and the fields that produce our shiny fairytale eggplants. Read more »

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Week 3: Let’s Eat Together

Here’s a fun family activity for the summer: Cook! Getting kids in on the kitchen action teaches them skills they’ll use for life, creates a bonding experience, and encourages them to learn about (and taste!) new foods. That’s why we’re so excited about our brand-new virtual cooking camp for kids. Each week, we’ll provide a fun, educational activity to help your family learn about food and meal prep. Want to see the full list of activities? Find them here. Now let’s go!

Now that your kids know their way around the kitchen and have mastered some basic food-prep skills, it’s time to put all that knowledge into action—by making dinner together! Today, your children will help set up a family dinner, from washing the produce and peeling garlic to plating the delicious results and setting a gorgeous table. Read more »

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Week 2: Let’s Get Prepped

Here’s a fun family activity for the summer: Cook! Getting kids in on the kitchen action teaches them skills they’ll use for life, creates a bonding experience, and encourages them to learn about (and taste!) new foods. That’s why we’re so excited about our virtual cooking camp for kids. Each week, we’ll provide a fun, educational activity to help your family learn about food and meal prep. Want to see the full list of activities? Find them here. Now let’s go!

Last week, you empowered your kids to use some common kitchen equipment. Now, it’s time for them to learn a range of basic cooking skills! Having youngins help with food prep makes them more likely to try out the delicious creations that make it to the table (weird-looking veggies included). In fact, our Family Plan is designed with plenty of kid-friendly steps in each recipe. For this week’s camp activity, we’ve hand-selected some kid-friendly, easy-to-follow videos that walk you through the basics any young chef needs to know Read more »

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Week 1: Assemble Your Kitchen Tool Kit

An artist has his paintbrushes, a handyman has his toolkit and a chef has his very own kitchen utensils. To kick off our cooking camp, we’ve designed an activity to help familiarize your kids with our favorite food-prep equipment. Once they’ve nailed this building-block activity, they’ll feel more confident in the kitchen—and be one step closer to mastering the art of making dinner! Read more »

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Your summer cooking playlist is here!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…and we’ve got barbecues, dinners on the deck and all the delicious produce we can eat on the brain. Just-off-the-vine tomatoes, buttery corn on the cob, luscious berries. Whether you’re cooking solo, whipping up a dish for two or making it a family affair, meal prep always feels like a party when you’ve got the the perfect playlist. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite warm-weather tunes for you, so get ready to ramp up the volume, feel the beet and drop it like a hot potato (sorry, we couldn’t resist!)—and if you find yourself pretending your spatula is a microphone, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Read more »

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