December 5, 2013
Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kitchen
Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite tools for the kitchen. Again, these might not be the first thing you think of to give to your favorite Foodie, but I can guarantee they will all be well used and appreciated! (And don't worry that there's no cookbooks on this list-they're coming tomorrow!)
1. Milk Frother- This is a complete and utter splurge. I don't need the milk in my morning coffee frothed and heated, but oh the luxury! The ones that heat the milk tend to be really pricey (like the Breville one pictured), but there are lots of options like this one for a simple frothing element.
2. Cast iron griddle-This one is actually on my wish list. I bought our first cast iron pan without any research and ended up with a cast iron grill pan instead of a griddle. Great for cooking meat inside, but not much else. With the flat bottom of this pan I'll be able to try all those skillet cakes I've been eyeing and finally make Toad in the Hole properly.
3. Reusable Unpaper Towels- All natural organic cotton towels are perfect for cleaning up spills, using as napkins or wiping little faces. We're slowly moving our kitchen away from paper towels and use these and microfiber cloths to handle 90% of our messes. It's so easy to toss them in the washer and grab another from the stack that we hardly touch the paper towels anymore!
4. Cookie/Cupcake Scoop- This has been key to getting cookies and cupcakes to bake up to the same size. I expected to see a big difference in the cookies, but frankly I was surprised by how "off" I was when I guesstimated how full cupcake tins were. This size is great for cupcakes and ice cream
5. Folding bamboo dishrack- We do so much more hand washing of dishes around the holidays-especially those days when I'm in the middle of a big baking project. This would look pretty out on the counter, but still folds up when you're not using it. Great for those of us without miles of counter space.
6. Immersion Blender- One of my favorite tools in the kitchen. No more pouring crazy hot soup into my food processor in batches (which really means pouring it all over myself)!
7. Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker- We bought one of these earlier this year and it is so easy to use. I am the girl that burns microwave popcorn so I never thought I could make it in a popper. I was shocked at how much easier it was to use and it goes without saying that the flavor is fantastic. Perfect for family movie night!
What's on your kitchen wish list this year?
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