Did the holidays sneak up on you again?
Feeling like you’ll never find the perfect gift?
Well, let’s get right to it.
Here are 26 gift ideas for the cook in your life.
We did the work for you. From stocking stuffers to pieces that will last a lifetime- we’ve thought of everything. These are things that your culinarily-inclined person will actually want.
1. Cake Tester
It may sound silly or seem like nothing, but this is one of the most versatile and important items in any professional chef’s repetoir. Test the doneness and temperature for anything - from an angel food cake to steak! (Ateco, $1)
2. Maldon Salt
A beautiful and flavorful way to finish a dish. (Maldon, $6)
Steaming vegetables and fish is a healthful and delicious way to prepare foods; it’s nice to have this device so you can focus on other parts of your food prep while other items steam. (Norpro, $7)
4. Piping Bag
Calling all bakers: Great for piping with a non-slip grip. (Ateco, $7 for the 18-inch)
5. Pastry Tips
Calling all bakers: This is a versatile, durable group of tips for any decorating occasion. (Ateco, $10)
6. Citrus Press
Easily squeeze citrus for juices, marinades, baking, and more. (Amco, $10)
7. Butcher’s Twine
Help your cook truss chickens and tie up a bouquet garni with this refillable metal container of butcher’s twine. (Norpro, $12)
8. Microplane Zester
A Microplane zester is the best out there; it minimizes waste in citrus zesting and allows with delicate flakes when grating cheese. (Microplane, $13)
The perfect place to rest a beef tenderloin, to allow cake to cool after the oven, or to drizzle chocolate over the top of Christmas cookies! (CIA Masters, $16)
A silpat is practical for every cook - an easy to clean, non-stick surface that is great for cleanly removing any baked good from your sheet pan. (Silpat, $20)
11. Kitchen Shears
A sturdy pair of kitchen scissors goes a long way - especially when butchering a chicken, filleting a fish, or chopping of bones for a stock. (Wusthof, $20)
12. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
There may certainly be cuter mixing bowls out there, but these are the best bang for your buck. Exceptionally durable, great to use over a double-boiler, without the fear of breaking. ($29)
13. Mortar & Pestle
Forget the spice grinder. This is the best way to grind fresh herbs and exotic spices. (Fox Runs, $32 for Granite)
14. Immersion Blender
A great way to make soups, purees, and foams. (Cuisinart, $35)
15. Peugeot Pepper Mill
It may seem like a pretty penny to spend on a pepper mill but this is the best one out there with a fine grind and a great look. (Peugeot, $37 for the 7-inch)
16. Paring Knife
A paring knife is a kitchen essential for small knife-work, from peeling an onion to mincing garlic. (Wusthof, $40)
17. Food Mill
Make the smoothest pommes puree ever and process canned tomatoes without a second thought. (OXO, $50)
18. Cake Decorating Stand
Calling all bakers: This rotating cake decorating stand is an investment that adds ease and will last. (Ateco, $50)
19. Stainless Steel Stock Pot
A stainless steel piece with infinite uses - from boiling pasta to building a consomme to making gumbo for friends. (Cuisinart, $69)
20. Food Processor
The ultimate way to instantly make evenly chopped vegetables, a smoother (or chunky?) peanut butter, pesto, or even a mayonnaise. (Cuisinart, $100)
21. Stainless Steel Frying Pan
While a non-stick pan may seem like an attractive option, you’ll never get the same texture and heat conduction as you would with a stainless steel pan! (All-Clad, $110 for the 10-inch)
P.S. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, stainless steel is always the way to go!
22. Chef’s Knife
A nice steel chef’s knife is an essential tool that will stand the test of time of kept sharp and clean. (Wusthof, $130)
23. Mandolin Slicer
The best way to get consistent, fine cuts for things like gaufrettes and french fries. (Bron, $143)
24. Dutch Oven
A practical piece for stove top and oven that will last a lifetime. (Le Creuset, $275)
(Note: Stop giggling if the term “dutch oven” threw you back to middle school.)
25. KitchenAid Mixer
A true staple for any baker that will save you hours, if not days, of your life while you wait for that meringue. (KitchenAid, $340)
26. The Journey & My Provence
Two cookbooks from Alta Editions optimized for mobile, tablet and desktop use. Check for missing ingredients from shareable ingredient lists; learn techniques from top chefs with video and image galleries, and more! Oh, and the recipes are delicious!
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