Storing Up for Winter: 7 Autumnal Foods Your Kids Will Love to Make and Eat

The bounty has arrived! It’s that special time of year where the harvest floods in, and what better time to get your kids into the kitchen to do some winter food preparation. There are so many delicious, seasonal foods available that even picky eaters can be coaxed into the mix.

Because the next few months will be mad with end-of-the-year business and busyness, now is a great time to do some advanced meal planning. Enlisting the kids’ help will improve the chances that they will eat the spoils of their own hard work.


  1. Veggie Stew. Think in terms of the old “Stone Soup” trick and chop up any leftover veggies that might be hiding in the back of the fridge. Then you can toss in some acorn squash, potatoes, red pepper, and cauliflower before you finish it off with hearty herbs like sage and rosemary. Making a big batch of this and freezing half will provide your family with a hearty, welcome meal when it gets colder.


  1. Pickles! It’s actually much easier than you think to jar the last of this year’s cucumbers and it’s a fun project for middle-schoolers because they get to see how heat and pH balance serve to preserve food. It’s part science experiment and part culinary art. We recommend Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff for some pointers.


  1. Jam! Same idea when it comes to pears, peaches, even late tomatoes making great spreadable fruit. There is nothing more lovely than homemade jam on a piece of hot toast in the middle of winter.


  1. Roasted Carrots. If your kids like French fries, consider mixing it up with some roasted carrots. You can roll them in olive oil and herbs, and the slow heat really brings out the sugar in the carrots. Freeze in a zip up bags and reheat as a side dish.


  1. Pear Compote. It’s easy to cook a couple pounds of pears down into a delicious sauce that can be applied to both veggies and desserts later on down the line. Some other flavors you might want to add: cardamom, lemon peel, nutmeg, maple, or mint.


  1. Applesauce. It’s so fun for kids to make and it’s great for topping pancakes, baked potatoes, and oatmeal. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, make a day of it and go picking, then you can all sit at the table and peel apples (there are table clamp-on peelers that kids can use without an exposed blade). Applesauce keeps for a while and it can also be sealed up in plastic and frozen.


  1. Potato pancakes. Put the kids to work grating potatoes while you suffer through the onion, then they can stir the batter as you man the stove. Large batches of these latke-style pancakes will make great quick breakfast solutions. They are a fantastic source of carbohydrates first thing on a cold winter morning.


Food should be fun and the preparation for winter is a lovely ritual we want to share with our kids. Whenever your family sits down to eat something they all worked to make, there is a unique and irreplaceable feeling that goes along with that winter dinner.



About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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