From stocking stuffers to extravagant, indulgent gifts, it's time to make that list and check it twice, whether you're shopping for your best pal or making your own wish list. If you're celebrating twelve days of Christmas, here's a gift for every day.
This collapsible silicone strainer/steamer basket may not be an earthshaking kitchen tool, but it's useful and practical, especially for people who don't have a lot of storage space.
Have you ever sharpened your pizza wheel? Have ever even thought about sharpening it? Yeah, me either. I mean, it's not like you need a sushi knife for whacking your pizza into pieces, right? So when I saw that a pizza wheel sharpener ($14.99) existed, I was surprised. Then again, now I have a pizza wheel that might actually be sharper than it was when it was new.
No, these buns aren't made from stuffing—they're made to taste like stuffing. Of course, every family's stuffing recipe is different, and some are very, very different. But this one hits all the typical flavor notes.
You can't shoot turkeys with the Turkey Cannon, but you can make beer can chicken on steroids. The Cannon rests the turkey at an angle while it creates steam-action inside the bird.
Soft, lightly sweet, and golden brown, these classic Parker House rolls are the perfect side for a home cooked meal.
With this mini pie maker, I plan on making a whole army of turkey pot pies after the bird is done and freezing them for easy lunches.
Who says pumpkin's just for dessert? These sweet buns laced with a hazelnut-graham cracker swirl are perfect breakfast treat. The sugary drizzle is optional but pretty.
The Pin Pair ($39.99) from Chef'n saves space by using a French rolling pin as the handles for a silicone rolling pin.
The Staybowlizer's main purpose is to keep bowls from slipping around on a table—useful for folks who need an extra hand in the kitchen or for kids who want to help mix and stir—but the longer this thing hangs around my kitchen, the more uses I find for it.
The big benefit to the T-fal OptiGrill is that it senses doneness, making it perfect for those who tend to overcook everything. I tested the grill with fish and steak, with good results.
If you've been thinking about buying a paddle-style slicer, the Microplane Adjustable Slicer with Julienne Blade is all that and more. It straddles the line between being an inexpensive paddle-style slicer and being a full-fledged mandolin.
After trying a few different juicers over the past few years, I have to say that I prefer the slow-speed models over the high-speed, and the HUROM Premium Slow Juicer/Smoothie Maker is a fine example of a slow-speed juicer.
Takeya's Flash Chill Tea Maker is a pitcher with a removable tea infuser that lets you make iced tea quickly. Just steep the tea in the pitcher, remove the infuser, add ice, and shake the pitcher.
Put ingredients in the Lekue silicone mesh bag that you want to cook in boiling water, and you can remove them all at once without fishing around or draining.
The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker makes a fast food-style breakfast sandwich in about five minutes—no cooking skills required.
Magefesa doesn't recommend using their pressure cookers to fry chicken, but I tried it anyway. The result: pressure-fried chicken with the crispest crust I've ever achieved at home.
Kraut Kaps are designed to help prevent bad bacteria from working their evilness on pickles, while letting the good bacteria proliferate. It's a simple idea, really—an airlock on the top of a cap that fits any wide-mouth canning jar.
If you like fizzy sodas but you don't like (or can't have) the ingredients in the commercial products, there's a new way to make your own fizzy drinks at home. The PureFizz Soda Maker is a streamlined product that's little more than a bottle that can withstand the pressure of adding carbonation to liquid and has a way to inject the carbonation. But really, that's all you need.
Zipzicles are an incredibly simple product—essentially a tall, thin zip-top plastic bag. You fill the bag with your desired ingredients, zip the top closed, and freeze.
If you're adept at using a pastry bag, there's no need to add this to your gadget collection, but if you need a simple tool for yourself or for kids, this has some useful features.
SleekStor Measuring Beakers aren't so innovative that I'd suggest throwing out your existing measuring cups to buy them. But if you need an extra set, I'd suggest looking at these. The three-piece set—4-cup, 2-cup, and 1-cup—nests for storage, is heat resistant to 650°F, and each cup has its own lid so you can store things in them.
The OXO Batter Dispenser may not be an essential gadget, but I do like that it's neater than my usual batter-dispensing methods of using a disher or pouring from a cup or bowl.
This double-sided whisk is nice for starter kitchens, people with limited storage space, or those who need an extra whisk and like the idea of two tools in one.
Looking for a way to keep your herbs fresh beyond one recipe? Ball's Fresh Herb Keeper works as well—and often better—than other herb storage options I used.
There are a lot of different rye flours available, including light rye, medium rye, and pumpernickel flour. However, my local grocery chains tend to have one brand and one type, and that's stone-ground rye. It's a coarser, grittier rye than most of the others that I buy online, but it still makes a nice bread. If your local markets have other varieties of rye flour, use what's available or what you like best.
In this bread, instant mashed potatoes create a softer, fluffier texture. I almost always use them in dinner rolls for that reason. The instant potatoes I buy are little more than dehydrated cooked potatoes, with no strange preservatives, chemicals, or flavors. The resulting bread is a very pale yellow, and very soft and fluffy with just a hint of flavor from the egg.
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