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Best Gifts for a Mom Who Loves to Cook
What do you buy someone who loves to cook?
Choosing Presents for cooks seems pretty easy as there are so many new products and gadgets and books released each year however finding your way to the good stuff can be difficult if you are not a cook yourself.
Before you choose a gift take stock of the kitchen and think about what she likes to cook. Is she a baker? Does she have a weakness for cookbooks? (doesn't everybody?) or a beginner cook who needs to build a foundation of good basics?
This list includes gifts for all these types of cooks. I am sure you will find something to delight them among this list.
Oxo Good Grips Kitchen Tools
I really like Oxo because they look good and the feel comfortable to hold. If like most of us her kitchen utensils are a hotch potch of mismatched pieces she will love this beautiful set. It's so nice you can leave it on the counter top.
The set includes: Swivel Peeler, Ice Cream Scoop, Can Opener with soft-handle, Pizza Wheel, Nylon Flexible Turner, 9-inch Tongs, Small Nylon Spoon, Small Nylon Slotted Spoon, Grater, White Plastic Utensil Holder. There is also a 15 piece set with some more specialty items.
Ice cream is happiness condensed.
Jessi Lane Adams
Buy her an Ice Cream Machine - It's fun and healthier to make your own ice-cream
If you have watched any seasons of Top Chef or Master chef you will have seen the contestants coming up with some amazing ice-cream flavours. This Cuisinart ice cream machine will let you concoct your own new flavors and you can control the additives so you can make a more pure, healthier product.
This machine produces sorbet, ice cream or frozen yogurt. It is so easy to use you do not even need to be a good cook to produce great ice-cream. You are only limited by your imagination.
How to make ice-cream using the Cuisinart machine
Buy her a Kitchenaid - If you want to eat more cake
Ok so it's a selfish motivation but if your mom loves to cook she won't mind receiving this Kitchenaid.
This 10 speed mixer is available in a whopping 26 colors there has to be one that is perfect for your kitchen. The mixer comes with several attachments, my favorite is the dough mixer - I hate kneading dough and never really did it well. This mixer does a perfect job!
“Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.”
A kitchen thermometer is essential for serious cooks
If you want professional results you need professional tools... well a few essential ones anyway. From checking how well done the roast is to tempering chocolate a thermometer is crucial for getting perfect results.
This thermometer is waterproof and accurate to very high temperatures - even deep frying. It is easy to use and for the price is excellent value. Never settle for over or underdone meat again. Once you learn the temperatures for your favourite you will have perfectly cooked meat every time.
How to use a cooking thermometer
Still not sure what you wants?
Watch what she uses most often... is it looking a little battered? Held together with tape? If she is a new cook go for a quality every day item rather than something with a single use.
Just the right size food processor
Not so large it's cumbersome and not so small it's not very useful
The 4 cup processor is a great size for everyday use. Most parts are dishwasher safe making clean up easy. From grating, making smoothies, shredding vegetables, making breadcrumbs, even grinding meats this is a good basic processor for 2- 4 people households.
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”
- Oscar Wilde
Julia Child's Books - Help her master the art of French Cooking
They have read the blog, seen the movie and now they are dying to get started. The Art of French Cooking is the perfect book for the cooking Aficionado and a great deal for the gift giver too as hopefully you will be invited to sample the results.
Even Julia Child had to start somewhere - Watch her burn food
Digital scales make measuring easy
Digital scales allow you to measure things accurately and easily. By using the "tare" button you can add more ingredients into the same bowl.
This scale measures from 1 gram to 5kg and uses standard size batteries which are easy to replace. It offers both metric and imperial weights.
A great set of cake tins and baking trays
Any cook will be happy to update their bake-ware for this non-stick dishwasher safe set from Rachel Ray. This set is made up of the sizes that are most used in any kitchen.
These pans are good quality non-stick products. They are a good weight and do not warp or bend. I really love the rubber handles that will save burnt hands time and time again in my house.
How about a quality knife set?
You know what they say about a tradesman and his tools... well the same goes for chefs and cooks. Quality tools make the job easier and produce better results. This is a good quality mid-range knife set. They cut well, feel comfortable to hold and look fantastic.
This set includes the following knives:
3.5" & a 3" Parer
- 7.75" chef knife
- 7" Santoku
- 8" Slicer
- 7.75" Bread
- 5" Partoku
- 5" Utility
- 8 Steak Knives