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If you have a chef on your Christmas list, you are in luck. There are a million different cooking gadgets that any chef would love to have. Not all gadgets are worth your money though and if you don’t enjoy cooking it can be hard to figure out what would make a great gift.
It’s generally a good idea to stay away from unitaskers and items that aren’t good quality, but for some things proven to be chef favorites, check out this list. On a personal note, my husband loves to cook, but he loves kitchen gadgets even more and approves of everything on this list.
Here for the top 10 gifts for anyone who loves to cook.
Top 10 Gifts for Chefs
My husband firmly believes that how you slice food separates a great cook from a mediocre one. This Mandolin Slicer allows you to quickly and easily slice fruits and vegetables. It not only saves time, but allows you to cut things more thinly than you could have with a knife.
A quality knife is the best tool you can invest in. It will allow you to quickly and easily cut, chop, and slice foods.
Not only are cast iron skillets free of chemicals, but they last forever. You can put them directly from the stove top to the oven and they even add a little extra iron to your diet.
Buy one of these, and you’ll never have to risk over cooking or under cooking meat again. You can stick the thermometer in the meat and shut the oven door. It even has an alarm that will go off when the food is ready.
When cooking, you should weigh ingredients in order to get the most accurate result. As you may know, one person’s cup of flour may be actually contain more or less flour than another person’s cup of flour depending on a lot of different variables (method of measurement, temperature, humidity, brand/type of flour, altitude, etc.) A cooking scale removes those variables.
A good pair of tongs is a chef’s best friend. They will be used for more things than you can possibly imagine, but make sure they are spring loaded.
Price: $25 and Up
An immersion blender can be used to make soups, smoothies, desserts and more. Their small size makes them convenient and easy to use.
Even if the cook you are shopping for doesn’t like coffee, this is a great gift because it is actually a perfect spice grinder. Spices lose their flare over time, so it’s best to buy whole spices and grind them right before use. This coffee grinder is perfect for the job. Include some whole spices and this is a perfect gift.
Being able to buy whole coffee beans and grind them yourself is just an added bonus.
A salad spinner is the only way, short of using a half a roll of paper towels, to dry raw greens after washing. Without it, you’re either going to be limited to “prewashed” salad mixes (which are often in need of washing), have a dirty salad, or have a wet salad.
Cooling racks are not useful only for baking. You can use them to rest meat without making the bottom sit in its own juices, baking things suspended over the sheet pan, baking bacon, and many other things.
Please share any other kitchen must haves in the comments below!
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