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It’s time for another Christmas season. Many of us will be looking for ideas of gifts for our loved ones. We want to give gifts that are going to be useful and appreciated for years to come. But all we have gotten those gifts that collect dust in a cabinet or closet. I want to help today to make sure your gift doesn’t meet that fate.
I wanted to take some time and share with you some of the best Christmas gifts that I have received over the years that have really benefited me in the kitchen. These are items that don’t have any dust upon them!
Cuisinart 7cup Food Processor
I was so excited when I got my first food processor. I had been really getting into cooking for a couple years and found several occasions where I needed one for a recipe. I got a 7-cup Cuisinart Food Processor. This isn’t the biggest model you can get, not the smallest either. For me it has been plenty big and I have never really felt I needed a bigger one.
My exact model isn’t available anymore, but if you are looking to get one this year, the Cuisinart DLC-10SY Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor is a comparable model.
One of my favorite things to do with my food processor is to use the shredding disc to make shredded Brussels Sprouts that I also add bacon to. Super yum!
Crockpot Portable Slow Cooker
I was finding myself bringing my slow cooker to a lot of different get togethers. I was happy when I got a Crock Pot that has a latching lid. Before I was always concerned about the lid coming off and my food spilling during transit. Sometimes we would use rubber bands, but this is so much better. It stays put really easy.
Zyliss Pizza Cutter
I first saw this pizza cutter on an episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats. I immediately wanted one. The advantagae of the Zyliss Pizza Cutter is that you hold it close to the actual wheel. This allows you to apply more pressure and make it easier to slice through some homemade pizza. Most pizza cutters have a handle which doesn’t give you as much control. If you have ever had to go over the same spot on the pizza more than once you know what I mean.
I use it to cut dough when baking or making homemade egg noodles as well.
Flexible Cutting Boards
First off aren’t those cutting boards pretty? I love that they are so flexible. What you can do is set them on top your normal cutting board, slice up your veggies, fold the board up and then slide the ingredients right into a pot or pan. We also like to shred cheese onto them for mac & cheese and fold them up to slice the cheese into our roux. I also use them sometimes when I am adding flour to my stand mixer. I use them around the bowl to make sure no flour goes flying around the room.
My kids also love using them as a base for playing with homemade play dough.
Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen
Yes, this a book devoted to kitchen tools. It is extremely helpful to knowing what you need in your kitchen and won’t you don’t. Tons of great suggestions. Buy it for yourself and you’ll never give a bad piece of kitchen equipment again – not that you ever did before of course 🙂
I have a friend who doesn’t even like cooking but he was really interested in borrowing Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen from me.
Aroma Digital Rice Cooker
A couple years ago, we were at a friend’s house. They had this rice cooker. We decided we wanted it as well. It does a great job of cooking rice. I also like that it has a basket inside so taht you can steam vegetables while your rice cooks. I have done this many times with broccoli.
Aroma Digital Rice Cooker is also great for cooking couscous. A few times I have just used it to keep food that I cooked elsewhere warm.
Homestart Pasta Maker
The Homestart Pasta Maker was actually a gift my wife got from her parents. Our kids love chicken noodle soup. Especially when we make the noodles ourselves. The maker does a great job of getting the dough rolled out thin enough, which we have had a hard time doing with just a rolling pin in the past.
What are some of your favorite kitchen Christmas gifts you have received or even given? Leave a comment below. Looking for some more Christmas gift suggestions. Feel free to reach out to me – eric at eatlikenoone.com