So many gifts, so little time. In this last week before the holidays, we’re happy to help you cross some names off your gift list with our handpicked favorites from across a variety of food and entertaining categories. Here, the Spoonful team gives their best kitchen gear and gadget recommendations.
Immersion Circulator by ChefSteps
“This device allows home cooks to replicate sous vide cooking, a technique widely used in professional kitchens. While there are now several immersion circulators meant for home use on the market, I like Joule for its reasonable price point and small size. Plus, its app integration allows preset cook times and temperatures, and texts me an alert if the water level gets too low. I’ve been using mine to make custardy ramen eggs, homemade yogurt, perfect steaks, and even our Thanksgiving turkey. Is it a kitchen must-have? No way. But it’s a fun tool that opens up new possibilities for nerdy cooks like me.”
–Emily Teel, Food Editor
Pro Pistol Vac Professional Vacuum Sealer System
“Like Emily Teel, I’m a big fan of sous vide. As she recommended a device, I thought I would recommend the other half of the equation. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to sous vide is the amount of waste it produces with the plastic bags. Waste no more! I use the Waring Pro Pistol Vac Professional Vacuum Sealer System which comes with 12 one-gallon bags and 12 one-quart bags that are washable and reusable. A must for the sous vide enthusiast.”
–Nick Gang, Photo Editor
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
“People tend to lose their minds over Le Creuset products, and I get that. But for a fraction of the price, Lodge makes beautiful, functional and sturdy enamel cast iron products as well, perfect for the emerging home cook. I use my Lodge 5 quart Dutch oven nearly every day for soups, stews, gratins or other baked casseroles, roasted chicken, and my favorite application, homemade loaves of rustic bread.”
–Emily Kovach, Web Editor
Silicone Bowl Lids
Never mess with plastic cling wrap or tin foil again. These lids, which come in a variety of sizes and cheerful colors, create an air tight seal that turns any bowl into a storage container. The silicon is eco-friendly and BPA free, heat proof to 464 degrees Fahrenheit, dishwasher safe, and antimicrobial. If that wasn’t awesome enough, all Get It Right products come with a lifetime guarantee, no questions asked.
–Becky O’Hara, Bookkeeper
Tilt-Head Flex Edge Beater
“A lifesaver for bakers! This ensures all of the ingredients get thoroughly mixed. Regular electric mixer paddle attachments sometimes miss ingredients gathered at the bottom of larger bowls. I can’t explain how much this has helped my baking life. It has stopped me from having to constantly stop and scrape down the bowl during mixing.”
–Rachel Bowman, Assistant Photo Editor
This commercial sized, double griddle is a workhorse in the kitchen, especially at breakfast. Its bigger size (13×20”) lets you make crispy bacon and perfect pancakes at the same time. The non-stick coating makes cleans up a breeze.
–Rob Graff, Business Channel and Sales Director