Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life

As I mentioned previously, in these weeks leading up to the holidays, I’ll pass along some great gift ideas for the foodie or cook in your life. Today’s are for the home cook and personally endorsed by yours truly–all are items in my kitchen that I particularly adore.

The first was actually given to me as a gift by my friend Melissa on my last birthday. She’s a stellar cook herself, so she has a good grasp on the sorts of kitchen items I would enjoy.

Prepara Herb Savor

I grow several herbs myself, but there are a few things that I haven’t been able to grow, so I have to purchase them at the grocery. They usually come in a much larger portion than is needed for one recipe, so unfortunately much of it goes to waste since fresh herbs last only about a week in the fridge before spoiling.

This is where Prepara comes in. They boast that the herb savor will prolong the life of the herbs for up to 3 weeks, but I’ve had them last well past that even! This thing is miraculous. It works with all kinds of herbs- cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint….

It came in particularly handy this summer by keeping the mint fresh for our Pimm’s Cups. For anyone that uses fresh herbs in their cooking (or in their cocktails), this gadget will be life changing, and money saving.

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This next item I picked up at Sur La Table while in Pittsburgh. I’m a minimalist, so I’m not one for having alot of gadgets that serve a singular purpose, but this one is the exception. It is fantastic.

Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper

The zipper is rounded so it doesn’t leave any waste on the cob like a knife does. It follows the curve of the cob and neatly strips off multiple rows of kernels all at once.

Since it was already September when I purchased, I missed out on a majority of the corn crop, but still put this gadget to good use for a couple of weeks. I cannot wait for next summer when I will wear it out!!

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Many months ago I shared with you the recipe for scrambled egg muffins I make on a regular basis for my hubby. I used to use a regular muffin pan to make them, but they would always stick and be really hard to clean- which meant that often, the pan would soak in the kitchen sink for days. I hate dishes in the sink. Well, those days are gone.

Silicone Baking Cups

Last year for Christmas, Ravi’s mom gave me these wonderful little silicone muffin cups. They are so easy to use- pour the stuff in, bake, then pop the stuff right out. I use the term “stuff” because you can use these for muffins, cupcakes, or recipes like my scrambled egg muffins which really aren’t “muffins” at all. They’re easy to clean and take up much less space than a muffin pan.

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So there you go, a few ideas that will hopefully help you out with your holiday shopping. I would love to hear from you as to what your favorite kitchen items are, so please comment and share!