Best Christmas Gifts For Cooks
Cooks Just Love Cookery Gifts
I write this as a cook myself.
There is nothing quite as delightful as getting a gift from someone which is aimed at one of your favourite hobbies; in this case cookery.
And there is never a better time of year to receive gifts for a cook than Christmas when the market is literally flooded with all of the latest gadgets.
People love unusual gadget type gifts at Christmas and as a cook, there are usually lots of these to choose from every year and they are not all expensive.
There are some nice stocking filler style gifts for cooks as well as the more expensive kitchen gadgets.
I have tried to include both types of gifts so that you can either pick one as a main Christmas gift or as a nice but inexpensive present.
Happy shopping - make a cook happy this Christmas!
Automeasure Spice Carousels - Style Without All of those Little Glass Jars
My first choice as a Christmas gift for the cook in your life is the latest thing in the storage of spices and chopped herbs.
The automeasure spice carousel, once and for all, does away with all of those little glass jars your cook has been collecting these past some years.
And let's be honest, those things clutter up the place - either sitting on a bench top getting greasy in a wooden rack that has to be cleaned every weekend or else taking up a whole shelf of your cupboard.
Getting to the one they need means taking them all out in twos until you hear "Ooh, cinnamon at last."
The automeasure spice rack is compact and convenient though you will need to buy the spices yourself.
For the discerning cook, this is a must-have kitchen storage solution.
Spices, all in one place, neat and tidy and it even measures them out based on how much or little you need.
This would be a major gift - comes in a box so it looks good under the tree!
Does Your Cook Like To Make Cakes & Muffins
Once of the best creations over the last year or two has been the batter dispenser.
Once batter is made, it is usually the job of the trusty cook to ladle the batter into cake or muffin cases and it doesn't matter how steady the hand of the cook, it is almost impossible to get a 'hole in one' every time.
Usually this means clearing batter off the sides of the cases and also off the silicone trays.
This batter dispenser can be held directly above the cake or muffin case and pressed.
Hey Presto, perfect batter distribution every time.
A cook's dream come true, cake making without the mess.
Small But Perfectly Formed Hand Held Gadgets
Cooks these days usually like to use kitchen gadgets that are not only sturdy but also stylish and there are a number of really beautifully designed items on the market for those of a more aesthetic bent.
Gone are the days of clunky, plastic presses and graters - cooks want gadgets that are as much a conversation piece at the finished dish so here are a few smaller items which look great when held in a cook's able hands.
It is incredible to think that designers have thought about how to make it easier to cut herbs.
I watch Nigella Lawson doing it on British TV with what looks like something once used to descpitate Marie Antoinette, then I see these gorgeous herb scissors and think I should drop Nigella a hint.....get ride of that cumbersome blade!
Measure for Measure - Perfect Little Measuring Spoons
A cook can never have enough measuring spoons.
They start off using their own cutlery but eventually they end up buying a plastic tablespoon in a lurid colour.
This represents the start of their spoon collection and in no time flat, they move onto a whole set of colourful plastic spoons, all kept together with a plastic ring.
Well the spoons featured here are 'themed' measuring spoons.
They are so pretty and jolly that a smile on Christmas Day is almost guaranteed.
I suspect that if you have children in your house, these will get used a lot when 'family' bake day is going on.
Pancake Pan - For Boxing Day Morning Breakfast Smiles!
Pancakes have never gone out of fashion and although they are made in slightly different ways in various parts of the world, they remain a popular choice for breakfast.
Cooks enjoy cooking for the pleasure of putting something on the table that makes people smile.
It is usually to do with taste but can also be about presentation - there is nothing like a decorated cake or cupcake and in general, cakes can be fairly easy to decorate; indeed decorating them has become an industry in itself but pancakes....Mmmmm, not so easy to decorate right?
Once they have the syrup or chocolate sauce and cream atop them, that's pretty much it.
Until now! The latest pancake pans have said goodbye to flat-bottomed anonymity in favour of a more 'chiselled' profile.
I rather like the idea of pancakes smiling at me from my plate, don't you?
Spoon Rests and Resting Spoons
And finally, we have looked at spoons in the small size range - tablespoons, dessert spoon, tea spoon.
Now let's look at bigger spoons and other utensils which cooks use for stirring, whisking etc.
I am a messy cook. I only own one spoon rest so I tend to drop other utensils onto saucers and plates and even (undomesticated goddess that I am) the bench top.
Well there is no more need for that.
Clearly someone with an eye not only for style but also physics designed a collection of weighted utensils. Their centre of gravity prevents the utensil head from touching the surface on which they are resting - phew! No more messy bench tops.
And for the busy cook on the go this Christmas, how about this wonderful spoon rest which fits neatly onto the side of the pan which you're stirring - they come in a variety of different colours (and animals).
Will You Be Buying A Gift for A Cook This Christmas?
I hope this article has given you a few ideas about what you might buy for the cook in your life this Christmas.
There are so many wonderful useful and stylish kitchen utensils (and attire) available that you might not be able to narrow it down to one gift - fear not, you could keep one for their birthday.
Happy Shopping everyone and many thanks for reading.
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