The holidays are a favorite time of year for those who cook, and Christmas is an excellent time to consider getting the cook in your life a kitchen gift to enjoy and use for years to come.
“While some people may think of getting a kitchen gift for Christmas as not particularly romantic, the fact is serious or aspiring cooks don’t mind – and might even prefer – getting something practical and useful to make their meal preparation easier and more enjoyable,” said Odessa Keenan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program assistant for the agency’s Healthy Texas program.
Keenan said there is a wide variety of kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and other items of different types, designs and costs, so it’s important to identify just what is needed and determine how much you are willing to spend.
Small Kitchen Appliances/Gadgets
Keenan said there several small kitchen appliances and gadgets made to save time, perform specialized tasks and/or take some of the drudgery out of meal preparation.
Some small appliances and gadgets Keenan said might make good gifts include:
- Food processor
- Stand mixer
- Instant pot
- Stand blender
- Herb infuser
- Electric griddle
- Burger press
- Air fryer
Food Preparation Tools
“Food preparation can be time-consuming and frustrating if you don’t have the right tools in your kitchen,” Keenan said. “There are a variety of specialized items out there to help the chef in your life cut, chop, flatten, strip, debone, tenderize, shred, spin, core and more.”
Some of the items she suggested as possible gifts for food preparation are:
- Silicone baking mat
- Cutting board
- Food scale
- Knife set
- Crinkle cutter
- Herb chopper
- Meat tenderizing tool
- Garlic peeler
- Stackable measuring cups
- Shredder claws for meats
“Some foods, like lasagna, casseroles, pot roasts, whole turkeys, pies and cobblers, may require more specialized cookware, but a good mix of different sizes of pots and pans are a cook’s workhorses,” Keenan said. “Also, some cooks prefer specific brands or surfaces, so it’s important you do your homework before buying cookware for someone else. However, a good quality non-stick skillet or some practical items to help make cooking less messy would generally be welcomed by the chef and/or the dishwasher.”
She said some cooking items to consider for gifting are:
- Cast iron skillet
- Cookware set
- Dutch oven
- Specialized pots/pans
- Attachable colander/strainer
- Glass or stoneware baking dishes
- Aluminum baking sheets
- Splatter screen
Food Safety Items
Keenan said keeping utensils and hands clean, ensuring meats and other foods are adequately cooked and avoiding cross-contamination are all vital to keep food safe for consumption.
She said some items related to food safety for the cook are:
- Oven thermometer
- Kitchen scissors
- Wooden cutting board sanitizer
- Sponge holder
- Vacuum-seal food storage system
- Utensil holder
- Multi-colored cutting boards to keep raw meats and veggies separate
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