Sometimes it are often hard to buy for foodies who already stock their kitchen with the newest and greatest in appliances, tools, and utensils. But with this list of cool kitchen gadgets, you’ll be equipped to serve some super cool gifts, whether for a birthday, anniversary or holiday.
If your loved one is a bonafide kitchen pro, or if they’re working on developing their skills at the stove, getting the best cooking tools for the (budding) chef in your life means that they can sauté, stir, chop, and bake with ease, while having so much fun in the kitchen. These tools will make cooking (and cleaning up!) easy, safe, and fun, and whether they’re making weeknight dinners for the entire family, or perfecting subsequent big holiday meal, your foodie friends will be so grateful to have these awesome gifts.
1 Choice Standard Weight Stainless Steel 5-Set Mixing Bowls
A fundamental piece of any active kitchen. These restaurant-quality mixing bowls are absolute workhorses, and their range of sizes make them incredibly versatile for every task. And at $2 a pop, no less!
2 Lavatool Digital Instant Read Thermometer
At this point I hope you’ve had someone tell you to cook to temperature and not to time, but if they haven’t, here’s your PSA: heat sources vary dramatically, the internal temperature of a meat at proper doneness does not. Get this thin thermometer that checks the core temperature in five seconds or less. It’ll make you a better cook.
3 Whale Strainer
I prefer using a pot strainer to pour out the liquid while keeping the food in it, like fruit and vegetable, because it’s quicker than having to dump it into a colander. I like the Fred Big Blue Whale Strainer because it adds some whimsy. Note: When using with hot liquid, be extra careful not to tilt the strainer downward as it could accidentally flow down the handle and onto your hand. — Les Shu, senior editor
4 A multi-use tool for avocados
I love guacamole, but I hate removing avocado pits — I’m always afraid I’ll end up cutting my hand as I whack the knife into the pit to pull it out. OXO’s 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer is one of my favorite cooking tools of all time. It not only cuts the avocado open, but it also helps you safely remove the pit and cut the avocado into perfect slices. — Malarie Gokey, deputy editor
5 Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
I prefer cold brew coffee all year round, so I use this inexpensive Takeya pitch around three times a week for a fresh and smooth brew at home. It’s super easy to use — dump ground coffee into the filter, screw it into the lid, fill up the pitcher with water, and let it chill in your fridge overnight. The result is a smooth and concentrated cold brew whenever you want, no need to wait on any lines. — Jada Wong, senior editor