The holidays are a time for cooking, baking, and making merriment.
You can easily help your favorite baker or chef make their favorite handmade, flavor-filled creations by giving them any of the following kitchen essentials. And don’t worry, savvy shoppers—all of these items are $50 or less.
Every cook or baker could use an extra all-purpose sharp knife. This 8-inch knife is a bestseller on Amazon and is perfect for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. It has a high-carbon stainless steel blade and 2-inch handle that’s textured, slip resistant, and ergonomically designed. I happen to own this knife and can vouch for its effectiveness. It makes cutting open butternut and acorn squash a breeze. Priced at $30.86.
Any chef who has gone through even one major holiday knows that a gravy strainer and fat separator is a necessary purchase. We like this strainer because it features heat-safe glass, and an 18/8 stainless steel fine-mesh filter and pierced strainer. Also, it has a 4-cup capacity and a wide mouth—perfect for easily straining fat, seasonings, and lumps. Priced at $22.35.
3. John Boos Square Maple Edge-Grain Cutting Board with Feet
Any baker or chef would love receiving a sturdy cutting board from John Boos. Boos Blocks are known for their craftsmanship—the company was established in 1887 and has been making these fab boards ever since. The company also features certification from the National Hardwood Lumber Association. This board is 9-by-9-inch. And the block also is constructed of maple wood. Priced at $36.95.
4. America’s Test Kitchen “Vegan For Everybody” Cookbook
Although all of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks are aces, the vegan cookbook makes a great selection for the cook who wants to master plant-based meals. This cookbook contains vegan recipes for everything, including breakfast, stews, burgers, main dishes, snacks, desserts, and more. The Kindle book is $18.99. The paperback is $20.36. The spiral-bound version is $40.95.
5. Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set
Bakers and cooks alike are always looking for a sturdy set of measuring cups. The Pyrex measuring cups are glass, which is sturdier than these cups plastic counterparts. The cups come in a three-pack, which includes 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup capacity measuring cups. The measuring cups are constructed of nonporous glass that won’t warp, absorb colors, or stain. The glass also is preheated oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher-safe. Basically, these cups are the ultimate food prep items. This convenient, stackable set is $17.16.
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