If you or someone you know loves cooking, these kitchen gadgets could be ideal gifts. They’re also great options for those people on your shopping list who have everything and are difficult to buy for. So add these five cooking tools to your holiday wish list this year.
This One’s for the Birds
A pie bird from the coveted brand Le Creuset is a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to bake. This classic tool keeps your pie filling from boiling over and making a mess in your oven. It also distributes moisture to avoid the bottom getting soggy and makes sure the top crust cooks evenly without splitting. And this little 3.25-inch tall doodad does all this while looking adorable.
Cast Iron Care
While the idea of chainmail may conjure up images of King Arthur and renaissance fairs, there’s a new use for this age-old metal mesh. The Knapp Chainmail Scrubber is a small square of interlinked metal circles that chefs and celebrities like Jennifer Garner swear by to clean their cast iron cookware. After using a cast iron skillet, just give it a scrub with the chainmail scrubber in some warm water, dry, and put it away. Easy!
Step Up Your Brunch Game
Enjoy a wonderful brunch at home with your own waffle maker. There are many different variations and price points when it comes to waffle makers, so just find the one that falls in your sweet spot – whether that’s a basic, no-frills model or a fancy version with all the whistles and bells. You can even find a little individual waffle iron – so cute! Whichever one you go for, a waffle iron will add wow factor to your homemade brunches.
Whether you have a high-end knife set or just a hodgepodge of hand-me-down cutting tools, an electric knife sharpener is a game changer. Keeping blades sharp improves kitchen safety because you don’t have to press as hard to make a cut, which reduces the chance of the knife slipping. And of course, sharp knives just make cutting tasks faster and easier. Even top-of-the-line knives will start to dull after a few months of frequent use, so consider an electric knife sharpener for your kitchen tool kit.
The Highs & Lows of Cooking
If you’ve ever experienced an undercooked turkey calamity or destroyed pricey steaks by overcooking them or frequently cutting into them to check doneness and letting all the juices escape, you need a food thermometer. A digital food thermometer is fast and easy to use, so you can stop agonizing over whether or not your chicken is cooked enough or your tempered chocolate has cooled to the right temperature. Just stick one of these thermometers in and get an instant temperature reading.
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