Gift Guide Kitchen Essentials
Gift ideas for that person that loves to spend time cooking, baking, and creating in the kitchen. It can be hard to go from store-to-store or even spend time searching online for that perfect gift that can be time-saving too. This gift guide kitchen essentials is loaded with great tried-and true gift options. I personally use all of the items I have recommended below.
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Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book
While this is not a gadget, it is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE cookbook. My mother had this book. I have this book. I bought this book for my daughter. This is my go-to cookbook to this day. I have spent decades cooking and the recipes in this cookbook are tried and true. This is a great gift to give anyone that is newly married, new to cooking, bridal shower, or birthday. Pick any gift-giving time and this cookbook is the perfect gift. This is the OLD original book too. The new one is good too, but the old one has so many great family favorite recipes I just have to recommend this one.
Bamboo Cutting Board
When I think about things that I use in my kitchen every day, this Bamboo Cutting Board is the cutting board that I use for everything. I have other cutting boards, but to be honest, I do not use them. This cutting board cleans easily, and it looks as good today as it did when I first purchased it over twenty years ago. Love, love, love it.
Cast Iron Skillet
A couple of cast iron skillets are a cook’s best friend. They clean up well, they heat evenly, and they can be used on the stove top or in the oven. But it once and use it a lifetime. I use mine every day. I purchased a 12 inch cast iron skillet for myself and I received a 15 inch cast iron skillet as a gift many, many years ago.
This 12-inch skillet is pre-seasoned. It is the only way to buy one in my book. While you can season them, it is so nice to start with one pre-seasoned already.
Just like the bamboo cutting board, I love my bamboo spoons. They do not absorb the liquid therefore, I can use it on blueberry, strawberry, or even cranberry sauce and the spoon does not turn color. I can leave it in a soup pot and the handle does not get hot. I have three that I use all the time for cooking, scraping out pans, and baking too.
Good Draining Colander
I have had many colanders that I just put up with. There are those collapsible kinds that collapse when I try and drain anything in them. Not good. Then I have tried the plastic colanders that are cute, but they often lack enough holes to actually drain any liquid out. Again, not good. I got sick of using inferior products and I spent a lot of time looking and searching until I finally found my Favorite! I love this one and only this one. It is made of stainless steel so it does not rust or discolor when put in the dishwasher. With plenty of holes so the liquid drains beautifully. Since it does not collapse so I can place it in the sink and pour my contents in without a mess. Once I found this one, I bought one for my daughter too. I highly recommend this colander.
Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
Now, a baking mat is not just a baking mat. It can be used to line anything that you don’t want to stick. Before I had good baking mats, I used to have to grease and butter everything to make things not stick. That was bad for two reasons; 1) it added extra fat to the food; 2) sometimes the texture of things I baked changed. Cookies for instance would flatten out way too far and sometimes burn around the edges or at least get dark. I always longed-for bakery-looking cookies. Well, by accident years ago, I purchased a set of non-stick silicone baking mats from a neighborhood child as a school fundraiser. Well, little did I know how it would rock my world. I now have bakery-looking cookies. The uses are endless. This is another one of my go-to kitchen essentials.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
While they may not be the pretty bowls that some homemakers want to have on display, they are a mixing bowl that once you have, you will grab one of these bowls first. Stainless steel is easy to clean, the bowls don’t break, there are air tight lids that fit on these bowls to help with food storage. I just love mine. I would wager to guess that I have had my stainless steel mixing bowls about 40 years now. Again, these bowls I make everything in. Sometimes I do mix things in these bowls and transfer the ingredients to a pretty bowl if I am bringing a dish to pass for a pot luck, but I wouldn’t feel bad about bringing the stainless steel bowls either.
Waffle Head Potato Masher
There are a number of cheap potato mashers on the market. I have actually broken some as the rivets have come out or they bent when I was trying to mash potatoes for a crowd. Here is a great potato masher that has a waffle head. The waffle head helps the potato push through allowing for quicker mashing of potatoes. I find that this style is easier on my hand and arm for pushing through a bunch of potatoes. I seem to always be cooking for a crowd when I make mashed potatoes. Also, notice that this one does not have rivets-I haven’t broken mine yet. This is a really nice one.
Large Non-Stick Sauté Pan with a Glass Lid
Having a good non-stick pan with a lid is a basic necessity in my kitchen. This one is dishwasher safe. The one I have is a 12 inch just like the one in the photo. I use this for hash browns, cooking pork chops, and hamburger hot dish to name a few things that I use mine for. Of course, I bought one for my daughter too.
5-Quart Kettle with Glass Lid
When I make soups, steps, and chili, this is my go-to kettle. However, I also use it for boiling potatoes, pasta, making sauces, and cooking rice. This kettle is so versatile that it is within easy reach in my cupboards. Therefore, it made the list of kitchen essentials. I even make English Toffee with this kettle. Turns out fabulous. I have one, but would absolutely love to have another.
I have a 6-quart dutch oven that I use for cooking on the stove top, but this kettle can be used in the oven as well. This is really nice for cooking things that I want to cook low and slow. Make tender and flavorful melt-in-your-mouth meats with this dutch oven. An essential part of every kitchen.
Kitchen Utensil Set
After a few years of cooking, each cook will have their special go-to utensils that they will use every day. I like the silicone utensils. When just starting out, it is nice to have a set of the most basic utensils. This set includes a serving tong, pasta server, ladle, spoon, spatula, strainer, and whisk. I also like the slim and stainless-steel handles. This is a great starter set. I wouldn’t mind getting this as a gift even though I have had these tools for many years. Sometimes, us cooks just like to get something updated. According to Amazon, this utensil set is the best seller for this product.
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