Cooking can be a very enjoyable and creative pastime, and many people have developed a real passion for it during the covid lockdown. It can be relaxing after a busy day at work or lively when done with a partner or while listening to some funky music.
If someone you know loves nothing better than rolling up their sleeves, tying on an apron, and creating some culinary delights in the kitchen, and you want to show them how much you appreciate their talent, why not buy them a gift? Here are 7 of the best gifts to buy a keen cook.
Pasta has got to be one of the most loved comfort foods. It is hard to beat cuddling up on the sofa, watching a movie, and tucking into a steaming hot bowl of al dente pasta smothered in a rich sauce.
A pasta maker is a fantastic gift for a budding chef as winding out ribbons of fresh pasta is a delightful and rewarding process.
Set of Knives
Every chef needs a set of quality knives as finely chopping an onion without crying or slicing a finger off is one of the kitchen skills a professional chef learns. It is essential to keep blades sharp and in good condition as a blunt knife can hinder a cook’s abilities. Always include a sharpening stone when giving the gift of a set of knives.
Personalized Chopping Board
What goes with a set of knives? A chopping board. What better gift than a personalized cutting board. Look for companies online that will engrave a stylish wooden chopping board with a message or picture personal to your gift recipient. An ornately carved initial or name is a popular choice.
Oil and Butter Infusion Machine
This fantastic machine prepares herbs and botanicals and infuses them into oils such as cooking oil, olive, grapeseed, sunflower, almond, walnut, sesame, avocado, macadamia, or peanut oils. The oils can then be enjoyed as the ingredient in many dishes or a delicious dip for crusty bread and breadsticks.
Indoor Herb Garden
An indoor herb and vegetable garden is perfect for the chef who doesn’t have a backyard. Fresh herbs and veg grow in the container of the device and receive light from a white led lamp which imitates the cycle of night and day. They obtain water via a reservoir, making it nearly impossible to under or over water the vegetation.
A good quality set of weighing scales is usually top of a cook’s wish list, especially when they follow intricate recipes that call for a high degree of accuracy. Digital scales are generally more accurate than mechanical ones. However, a set of colored, retro-style scales will brighten up any kitchen.
Multicookers are the gadget of the moment. These brilliant machines have the ability to fry, sauté, steam, roast, pressure cook, and slow cook, meaning that you can pretty much do away with your oven, hob, and grill!