It's hard for me to walk in to a kitchen store and leave empty handed. There are so many wonderful tools and gadgets I never knew I needed. During the Holidays or any other special occasion, like Mother's Day, I can make a nice little list of some of those cool yet functional gifts for other people to buy me. I have some great ideas for the cook in your house. If you haven't already done so, check my Top 10 Kitchen Gifts for the Low Fat Cook, then read below for 10 More Kitchen Gift ideas.
Slice like a pro with this beautifully designed Japanese-style cook’s knife made from hand-forged high-carbon stainless steel. Hollow indents along the very slightly curved blade allow food to fall away rather than stick to the knife as you cut—a big plus in my book. A durable, strong yet delicate knife for all your slicing and dicing needs.
I love these non-skid, black-coated stainless steel mixing bowls. Elegant yet functional, the rubberized coating keeps wet hands from slipping. The stainless steel interior is stain and odor resistant, and perfect for whipping voluminous egg whites, fluffy batters and even for marinating. The bowls come in 5-quart, 3 quart and 1 1/2 quart sizes. They stack nicely for storage.
Chop or slice as vigorously as you want and these boards will stay put, thanks to the no-skid grippers on the bottom. The surface won't dull knives, and a range of fun colors means you can assign a color for different foods to prevent cross-contamination. Trim the fat from your meat on one color board, and slice lots of healthy veggies using a different color board.
Able to withstand temperatures of up to 800 degrees, these colorful, flexible spatulas won’t melt or crack, and are safe to use on nonstick surfaces. A seven-piece spatula set would be a welcome addition to any kitchen. Although the spatulas have wooden handles, the heads are detachable and dishwasher safe.
Nonstick and dishwasher safe is my kind of cookware. Splurge on a set or pick one or two essentials like a 12-inch open skillet. The handles are oven safe, which means you can make a mean frittata. Just because these pans are dishwasher safe doesn’t mean you should be careless with them, however. The nonstick surface can still be damaged by using metal utensils or stacking the pans on top of each other.
A silicone coated whisk means you can stir away without scratching your precious nonstick cookware. An ergonomic handle makes the task of whipping up a froth or keeping lumps at bay so much easier. Able to withstand temperatures up to 800 degrees, you can whisk boiling liquids without fear of your whisk head melting before your eyes.
There are some kitchen tools I don’t need every day, but when I need them, I really need them, like my cherry pitter. A mango splitter falls into the same category. I love mangoes but find them difficult to remove the pit, which takes up an inordinate amount of the fruit, at least when I attack it. This would make a terrific stocking stuffer. Now I can prepare low fat mango smoothies with ease.
I’m a big fan of the Microplane Zester, which I chose in another top picks list. This box grater is also a must-have. No more sliced knuckles or finger tips, this box grater has a slider attachment, which fits both sides. The coarse grater is ideal for grating cheese or vegetables; the fine grater is perfect for zesting. I happen to like the classic black color but you can buy them in red, white, black or blue.
Save yourself a fortune in kitchen paper and invest in a good quality salad spinner. The kid in me loves this Oxo Good Grips salad spinner. Push the center knob down and your greens will spin themselves dry. Use the brake button at any time to stop the spinning process. Use the spinner as a container for your spun lettuce or spinach leaves, too.