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12 Super Gifts for Vegans Who Love To Cook
Gifts Vegan Cooks Deserve
If you're looking for gifts for vegans who love to cook ...
Then, you'll not only find ideas for gifts, but some of the reasons WHY they would be great for vegan home chefs (or any health-conscious cook).
From things that cook, steam and bake . . . to slicers and dicers and cooking how-to's . . . you're sure to find a very special something for the vegan cook on your gift list. ~ Happy Gift-Giving!
12 Gifts Vegan Cooks Can Appreciate
#1: Rice Cooker & Steamer Combo - A Double-Duty Time-Saver
Vegan Chimichurri Rice - Photo used under Creative Commons from: dr.coop, on Flickr
A rice cooker would make a great gift for a vegan who doesn't already have one.
For instance, an Argentinian chimichurri sauce made from fresh cilantro, oregano, garlic, onion, olive oil and lime juice is great on vegetables but also makes a great dish tossed in cooked rice. This is just one of hundreds of ways you can spice up a rice dish.
What's more, this digital rice cooker flawlessly prepares up to 16 cooked cups of any type of rice and will simultaneously steam vegetables, too. How hot is that?
This particular model allows your to prepare entire meals, large or small, in one easy step. It has a cool-touch exterior and an easy-to-use, programmable control panel that includes functions such as automatic warming and delay timer. The removable inner cooking pot is nonstick for easy serving and cleanup. Includes measuring cup, steam tray and serving spatula.
#2: Food Dehydrator - Nutrient-Rich Veggie & Fruit Snack Making
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A food dehydrator helps you naturally preserve fresh veggies and fruits to be added to a wide range of vegan recipes.
And for super wholesome, nutrient-rich snacks: from fruit leathers to kale or zucchini chips . . . you simply can't go wrong with this counter-top appliance.
Here's a very popular food dehydrator at an affordable price . . . that would make a wonderful gift.
The converge-flow drying system ensures even drying, so there's no need to rotate trays. And with 700-watts of power, food dries in hours, not days. Includes five trays but expands to 12 trays with add-a-tray accessories (sold separately). Also includes fruit roll up sheet, clean-a-screen. Contemporary granite vita-save exterior blocks light and helps retain more vitamins and nutrients.
#3: Bread Maker - Bread-Making Made So Much Easier
Photo used under Creative Commons from: Bacon And Tofu, on Flickr
Even those who love to bake "from scratch" can see the benefit in having a bread machine . . . easily making all sorts of bread goods (from ciabattas and challahs to pizza dough and panettones plus more) . . . leaving lots of time to indulge in other culinary endeavors.
If you need help choosing the best bread maker, this article: "Home Bread machines: How To Choose The Best Bread Maker For You!" is really helpful.
In the meantime, check out this model. It's popular, modestly-priced and best of all, easy to use:
Make delicious bread at home with the Sunbeam 5891 Programmable Breadmaker. With twelve different cooking functions, you can make any type of bread with just the touch of a button. Also features the ExpressBake Breadmaker Cycle, which bakes bread in under one hour. The non-stick, removable baking pan and easy-clean touch control panel make clean-up simple.
#4: Slicing & Dicing Kitchen Helpers - Quick, Uniform Slicing
Photo used under Creative Commons from: Food Fanatic, on Flickr
Slice, julienne or spiral-cut firm fruits, veggies and potatoes for beautifully presented raw and cooked dishes.
Great for making fancy spiral vegetable garnishes for salads as well as making curly fries from potatoes, the easy-to-use and comes with three sets of interchangeable blades. Just place your fruit or vegetable onto the prongs and turn the while pushing base toward the blade to make continuous spiral strands.
Make sure to stay safe and protected while using slicers, graters, peelers and zesters. Glove is made of cut-resistant fibers, yet is stretchable, lightweight, and breathable; comes in one size, and fits right or left hand; machine washable (but drip-dry).
#5: Tofu Press - Simple All-In-One Pressing & Marinating
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No more balancing books (or cans) on top of plates, on top of tofu in order to press out the excess moisture.
Toweling off and "pressing tofu" before marinating and cooking is a must if you want to ensure a flavorful dish. An avid vegan cook may appreciate this very handy food press which can be used for tofu, vegetables and more . . .
Efficiently removes water from tofu to change its texture and allow for a much better marination process. This gizmo is equally effective in pressing liquid out of vegetables such as eggplant slices or thawed chopped spinach. Converts into a marinating dish when needed and all the parts fit together for convenient storage.
#6: Sushi Making Kit - "Rolling" Made Easy
Photo used under Creative Commons from: Mad Tofu, on Flickr
Oddly enough, a lot of folks only think of raw fish . . . but the term sushi actually refers to vinegared cooked rice served with a garnish of veggies, seaweed, egg or seafood. Vegan sushi rolls can include a host of veggies, even tofu. Ever had a sweet potato roll? You don't know what you are missing!
This sushi making kit comes with all the tools (including sushi mat) and seasonings you need to get started. All you provide are the fresh ingredients for filling, such as: avocado, fresh cucumber, carrots . . . whatever suits your fancy!
Comes with: Bamboo Rolling Mat; Rice Paddle; Premium Nori (Toasted Seaweed) Sheets; Japanese Rice Vinegar and Sushi Vinegar; Japanese Dark Soy Sauce; Japanese-style Short-Grain Rice; pickled ginger, wasabi and cookbook.
#7: Soy & Nut Milk Maker - Fresh, All Natural Non-Dairy "Milk-Making
Photo used under Creative Commons from: tofutti break, on Flickr
"Milks" for cereal . . . for baking . . . for delicious shakes, frozen desserts or drinking straight-up . . .
This easy-to-use counter-top appliance has the capability of making wholesome, non-dairy milks from any kind of nuts, grains, beans, rice, hemp seeds and more.
The special grinding system enables not only the highest milk yield and easiest "milk" making operation available; also makes porridges and even broths and soups. Touted as being the only home milk machine that makes fully cooked as well as RAW vegan milks. 1.5 liter (48 ounce) capacity.
#8: Frozen Dessert Maker - Fast, Hands-Free Sorbets, Yogurts & "Ice Creams"
Photo credit: elana's pantry
Fresh homemade sorbet, non-dairy ice cream, or frozen yogurt . . . two quarts at a time and ready in as little as 25 minutes. Simple, easy from start to finish. Just add ingredients and turn it on.
Fully automatic frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream maker; insulated 2-quart freezer bowl; get consistently creamy results with a heavy-duty motor, and automatic mixing paddle; brushed stainless-steel housing; heavy-duty motor; large ingredient spout for easily adding favorite mix-ins; instruction book and recipes included.
#9: Vegan Cooking Classes - Broaden A Vegan's Cooking Horizons
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No matter how much we love cooking, any one of us could benefit from additional instruction. Vegan cooking is no different. There are tips and kitchen tricks to broaden one's cooking know-how.
If there are any one-day or weekend specialty vegan cooking classes in your gift recipients's local area, you can explore how to make arrangements (coordinating with your giftee, of course).
So what if there are no cooking classes nearby? Then I highly recommend this online vegan cooking series which has received rave reviews.
- Spork Online (Vegan Cooking Classes - Served Anytime!)
[Vegan cooking classes taught online by two sisters who have earned a reputation for fun, easy-to-follow cooking lessons; a new four-course vegan meal is featured each month; you can purchase a monthly, 6 months or yearly membership as a gift.]
#10: A Vegan Cook's Daily Affirmations - Inspiration . . . and Recipes, Too!
A combination of practical tips and insightful wisdom for cooking, eating and living . . . healthfully and joyfully. An inspiration to vegans and to those curious about veganism.
Live a joyful, compassionate life, every day of the year with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's guide, Vegan's Daily Companion!
#11: A New Vegan Cookbook - Vegan Recipes ... Galore!
Photo used under Creative Commons from: penguincakes, on Flickr
Anyone who loves cooking will always welcome a new cookbook. I know I would.
But remember before buying, make sure your gift recipient doesn't already own the title you're thinking about purchasing. Also you may want to do a quick search (like on Amazon) to see what the customer reviews are saying. It certainly helps in making a decision.
#12: A Gift Certificate - A Gift That Gives the Recipient A Choice
Photo used under Creative Commons from: Zlatko Unger, on Flickr
Still don't know what to give a vegan who loves to cook? You can always give a gift certificate to:
. . . a favorite health food store
. . . a natural clothing store
. . . a vegan eatery or bakery
. . . Amazon (for online shopping)
Amazon allows you to choose how you want your gift certificate delivered: by email, print-at-home or even via Facebook.