Every good chef needs an assortment of kitchen gadgets to make sure his dishes are the best. To help all the cooks, from the aspiring ones to the more knowledgeable, we have created a list of nine items that any chef would need. If you are unsure what Christmas presents would be best for your friend that likes to spend time in the kitchen, have a look here.
One of the most useful kitchen appliances is the mixer. The KitchenAid KP26M1XBU stand mixer will help you blend, knead and whip all the ingredients required to produce the culinary results that you want.
You can choose one of the 10 colors available for this model. With more than 12 attachments, this stand mixer becomes a culinary center that can accomplish many tasks, from shredding cheese in seconds to creating fusilli pasta from scratch.
The stainless steel bowl that comes with the mixer has a comfortable handle and is big enough to hold the mixed dough used for eight loaves of bread.Buy from Amazon.com for ($349.95)
DALSTRONG Chef’s Knife
When a product needs 60 days of work to be finished, you know that the craftsmanship put into it is high quality. This is the case of this chef knife. It represents both artistic craftsmanship and an example of a premium design, and it is a sharp and precise cutting tool.
Using a combination of the latest technologies and ancient Japanese sword-making methods, the series that this knife is part of is impressive in performance, beauty and value. The blade is hand-finished and is very versatile. The knife can be used to chop, slice, dice and mince.
Being made of 67 layers of steel and cooled in liquid nitrogen, the blade is suitable for professional use.Buy from Amazon.com for ($159.99)
Bayou Classic 1124
You can use this stockpot to boil anything from soups to stews, jambalaya, low country boil, gumbo or the hard-to-boil crabs. If you want even more flexibility, you can add the basket to deep fry chips, chicken, fish or hushpuppies.
The lid that covers the pot is vented to allow vapors to get out and the handles are designed for heavy duty and they’re securely welded. This stockpot is appropriate for backyard parties and many more activities. Other pots made from different materials can get affected by boiling ocean food, but being made from stainless steel, this one doesn’t.Buy from Amazon.com for ($62.99)
To complement a professional knife, a sharpener should be present on the list as well. This one is very small but it is very effective when it comes to quickly and easily sharpening your favorite knife.
This sharpener fixes damaged and dull blades with a few pulls through the coarse slot. The other one, the fine slot, is used for finishing and polishing the knife. The small size that this sharpener comes packed in is ideal for kitchen drawers.
With its gentle ceramic components, this device is made to help you keep your knives maintained and regularly sharpened.Buy from Amazon.com for ($5.99)
Some people love to experiment and make their own recipes. For those that like to venture and create their own varieties of pizza, this pizza stone for oven use will be just what they need. This stone is also good for bread, pastries or other food and it creates a nice, uniform, brown crust.
The product is easy to maintain and it requires no seasoning or conditioning. However, you will need to heat it once by itself, to prepare it before its first use. The stone is very durable and will not crack under thermal shock because it’s made from cordierite.Buy from Amazon.com for ($34.99)
Some dishes need to be prepared at a certain temperature. This thermometer will ensure that you cook your food right, showing the temperature in a matter of seconds. The device is digital and it comes with a retractable probe that you can quickly pop out to take the temperature in 4-7 seconds and then put the probe back to keep it safe and clean.
The battery is designed to conserve its power if not being used for 10 minutes. You can select if you want to measure the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius degrees, so there won’t be any guesswork involved.Buy from Amazon.com for ($12.99)
Etekcity Digital Kitchen
With a slim design, this stainless steel digital scale will help your kitchen look stylish. It is quite durable for a scale intended to weigh light products and can withstand weights of up to 11 pounds. The material that it’s made of makes it easy to clean.
Its small frame ensures that you can find a spot for it in your drawers. The two buttons show how simple this scale is to use. To make measurements even simpler, the scale features an auto-tare function, meaning it will take off the weight of the food containers when weighing them.Buy from Amazon.com for ($9.45)
Marinating usually takes long hours to accomplish. With this quick marinator, waiting doesn’t have to be a hassle anymore. You can use it to prepare meat, fish, vegetables and more. You can get a delicious marinated meal in no time.
Built to be used with the vacuum sealing system, this quick marinator utilizes vacuum power to quickly infuse food with different aromas. It helps the tasteful marinades get deep into the food. The marinator is also large enough to be used for convenient storage. Please be aware that this marinator is made of plastic and is not safe for using in the oven.Buy from Amazon.com for ($32.5)
Dexas Pastry Superboard
You need to keep your sharp knives safe, and to do that, you also need a good cutting board. This one features a realistic granite finishing design and it’s made from high-density plastic that will keep your knives sharp and will not affect them.
When used, this board will not crack, peel or splinter and is thus safe to use with professional knives. You do not need to worry about odors, either. The board will not absorb any smell or liquid and it is lightweight and resistant to stains. This cutting board, proudly made in the USA, is very stiff, and given the shape and color it is pretty stylish as well.Buy from Amazon.com for ($15.99)
How to find a unique gift for a chef
If you’re in the market for one of the best gifts for home chefs or professional cooks, you might have reached a dead end where you’ve asked yourself what present would be the most appropriate one. Whether the person you’re getting the gift one is your friend or just an acquaintance, the fact of the matter is that the broad array of choices available for sale nowadays can make it difficult for you to select the right one.
Something that we all have to consider when we’re in the market for cool gifts for a chef is that the personality of that individual matters quite a bit. Also, you need to decide whether the present has to relate only to the person’s profession or could also have a funny note or deal with some inside joke that you share with him or her.
While some argue that getting presents for cooks can also depend on the person’s gender, this detail starts to matter less and less with every day that goes by. Women are just as able to use the same utensils like men and the other way around. To find out more about how you can select a quality product for the friend you have in your life who’s passionate about cooking, read on.
How we chose the coolest gifts for chefs
What makes the most unique gifts for chefs? Just like two products with the same features but made by different brands are singular, the same rule applies in the case of people. We suggest you take the time to read our pieces of advice as they could at least give you some pointers as to what you might be looking for.
Does the present have to be practical?
When it comes to shopping for these products, you need to make up your mind about whether you’d rather opt for something funny or quirky or stick to something that’s highly usable. Anything from measuring spoons to cooking journals and cooking books can make good presents if the person you’re getting them for is focused on the practical side of things.
By contrast, if you’re trying to get an amusing gift, you could opt for a funny apron or a bizarre chef’s hat. Something that you need to keep in mind, however, is the fact that you should choose the right product depending on how well you know this person.
Let’s take this example. If you’re interning for a famous chef whose personality is in line with Gordon Ramsay’s and you haven’t had the chance to go out for drinks with him or her, it might be unusual for you to get them an apron with the message ‘Kitchen Monster.’ Some of these alternatives can prove to be risqué and even dangerous for your career.
How much are you willing to spend?
It stands to reason that products that are practical but small and made from stainless steel, as would be the case with a measuring spoon won’t ever cost more than a hundred dollars. The same goes for measuring cups, some books, slicers, as well as meat thermometers and pancake batter dispensers.
Kitchen appliances are an entirely different deal, though. Some of the least affordable products in this specific line are standing mixers, and this aspect is usually due to the fact that they are reliable, durable, and tend to serve their users for an impressive amount of time. A present like this one could really make an impression with a semi-professional chef because it is one of the top favorite appliances of cooks everywhere in the world.
On the other hand, if you are focused on getting a gift for a home cook, especially one who has recently taken up cooking as a hobby, you might be able to save some money from your wallet. Introductory books can never go wrong, especially if that person is now committed to living healthy and preparing nutritious, delicious, yet healthy recipes.
Any respectable kitchen should hold several items that could come in handy in the event of a disaster. With rookie chefs, accidents can happen, although they might not necessarily be that frequent. In our experience, it is a good idea to have an extinguisher at hand whenever the circumstance requires it. The last thing that a cook would want to do is use a towel in order to put out a fire.
When it comes to being organized and keeping everything in the right place, some people are winners and others are sore losers. Nonetheless, even the second can do a good job at keeping their working space clean and tidy, and with the right things in the right spots.
If the chef you know has a hard time dealing with everything that’s left behind him or her after preparing a recipe, you might want to consider items like spice stacks or containers either for storage or as separators in a shelf. You wouldn’t believe the wonders that such products can do in a busy kitchen.
The same goes for a set of pans that can be stacked one onto the other. Such sets are space savers. Just make sure that the cookware you are purchasing boasts some kind of a non-stick cooking surface so as to avoid forcing the chef to season cast skillets now and then.
One can’t have too many knives
Our team used to love using ceramic knives until we got to the conclusion that buying one every year isn’t particularly cost-effective. The blade of these products can be broken easily, so investing in a quality Japanese knife, for instance, would make a wonderful gift for someone who enjoys cutting through meat and veggies like they would through butter.
Of course, knives are made for different purposes from cutting bread to slicing vegetables and fruits and even boning.