Top 10 Cooking Gifts for Her
Best Gifts for Cooks
1. Slow Cookers & Pressure Cookers
A home-cooked meal is always a plus, but a busy lifestyle doesn’t always accommodate the home chef’s schedule. That’s the beauty of a slow cooker. You simply place all your ingredients in the cooker, set the time, and walk away until your meal is done. A pressure cooker drastically speeds up the cooking process for any meal. Some brands offer multi-cookers, which function as a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, and a rice cooker. Look for brands like Crock-Pot, Hamilton Beach, and Cuisinart.
2. KitchenAid Mixers
From whipped cream and meringue to scones and pizza dough, a stand mixer is a virtually endless multi-purpose tool in the kitchen, and no brand knows that better than KitchenAid. The beauty of KitchenAid is that multiple attachments are available which makes this mixer a gift that keeps on giving. If your home cook already has a stand mixer, consider attachments like a spiralizer, a pasta maker, a meat grinder, an ice cream maker, and much more.
3. Blenders & Immersion Blenders
Whatever the home chef on your list is blending up, she will appreciate a quality blender that can tackle the toughest jobs. Look to tried-and-true brands like Vita-Mix and Blendtec for the most powerful blenders, or check out KitchenAid and Ninja blenders for mid-power models. If your giftee has her countertop-blender needs covered, consider an immersion blender for smaller jobs, like blending soups and purees right on the stove.
4. Food Processor
If the home cook on your list is looking to step up her kitchen game, the real workhorse of kitchen tools is the food processor. It slices, dices, purees, grates, and shreds at lightning speed and with minimal effort. If the home cook on your list already has a food processor, consider expanding the machine’s use with more attachments and accessories. Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, and Cuisinart are brands to look for as you do your Christmas shopping.
A juicer can do more than give you the most amazing glass of OJ at breakfast. It’s a friend to all those who love to get their five servings of fruit and vegetables every day, it’s a pal to those stuck in the kitchen squeezing limes for margaritas during a party, and it’s a helper to those looking to boost their workout protein shakes naturally. Brands like Breville, Black & Decker, and Cuisinart have both citrus juicers and juice extractors for the home cooks on your shopping list.
The home chef on your list will always appreciate new tools that help her tackle culinary challenges. A spiralizer can help her turn her favorite veggies into noodles and give salads interesting texture. Whether zucchini noodles or classic julienne carrots are on the menu, brands like KitchenAid and Cuisinart offer the spiralizers she needs to make it all happen.
7. Chef’s Knife
Every chef needs the perfect chef’s knife in her arsenal. When other appliances fail, and recipes go awry, the chef’s knife is the trusty cornerstone of culinary tools. The perfect chef’s knife is properly weighted, rarely dulls, and has a strong blade that can handle any amount of mincing, dicing, and slicing. Look to brands like Shun and Wusthof while shopping, and keep in mind that an 8-inch chef’s knife is usually the perfect size for most home chefs.
8. Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron cookware is the gift that will last a lifetime. This type of cookware is sturdy, heats evenly, and helps maintain the flavor of what you’re cooking. No matter the type of baking, simmering, boiling, or sautéing, cast iron cookware will always be up to the task and can also double as serveware. Look for a large piece such as a Dutch oven, baking dish, or braising dish by brands like Lodge and Cuisinart.
9. Sous Vide
A dream device for the experimental home chef, the sous vide will revolutionize the way she cooks and serves food. Using advanced temperature control technology, a sous vide cooks anything from fine cuts of meat to fresh veggies at a perfectly consistent temperature. It also ensures that food is served at the right temperature. Try pairing this appliance with a sous vide cookbook to help her explore this cooking method.
10. Silicone Bakeware
Baking is fun until the cake you worked so hard on or the cookies you carefully crafted end up sticking to the pan. Silicon bakeware remedies this common kitchen mishap with its nonstick flexibility. Thanks to you and your superior gifting skills, the home chef on your list will never have to toil and scrape while cleaning her cake pans, muffin tins, and cookie sheets again.