Looking for something extra special for the extra special cooking lovers in your life? Check out these gift ideas.
Look, No Hands
The makers of the iconic stand mixer, KitchenAid, have come up with the amazing new Multicooker that takes many different cooking tasks off your hands. While it looks a bit like a slow cooker, and does slow cook, it also does much more, including sautéing, simmering, steaming, and 24-hour keep warm. With 11 pre-programed functions and customizable settings, there’s minimal learning curve to this appliance. The intuitive display on the front automatically leads you step-by-step through each function. The precisely controlled temperature can be adjusted from 110 to 450 degrees F. PTFE/PFOA-free nonstick ceramic cooking surface makes for easy cleaning. A three-speed Stir Tower Attachment is available for even more hands-off convenience. Limited lifetime warranty. Available in silver or candy apple red. Suggested retail $350; $580 with Stirring Tower exclusively at williamssonoma.com.
Grinding your own flour gives any home baking aficionado a step up to the most extraordinary and nutritious results. Where commercial mills remove 30 percent of the wheat kernel, milling you own flour with an electric L’Equip Nutrimill Classic Grain Mill produces flour that preserves all the nutrition of the whole kernels. A variable texture control allows you to create fine to course texture of non-oily grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, millet, rice, corn, beans, quinoa, amaranth, and oats.. A multi-channel air flow helps keep the motor cool for a longer life, and the easy-to-use milling chamber is self-cleaning. Large 20-cup capacity. Limited lifetime warranty. MSRP $240. Available at boschmixers.com.
Juice Bar Plus
Freshly made juice mixtures are the elixirs of the 21st century. Making your own juice drink–or enjoying it as a frozen sorbet—is slick with the Fagor Platino Plus Juicer and Sorbet Maker. Easy to use for beginner or experienced, this second-generation model is called a slow juicer because it processes fresh or frozen foods, including nuts and wheat grass, in two steps to produce the maximum amount of juice, without shredding or grinding the food. Slow juicing creates no oxidation or separation, so it is more nutritious and closer to its natural state. The extra-large feed tube can process some whole fruits, such as apples or pears. Juice is extracted through a spout into a 35-ounce BPA-free collection cup and the solids collected in the 35-ounce unit on the side. High-quality stainless steel blades and easy to clean micro-mesh filter. Includes a cleaning brush. 5-year warranty. Fagor Platino Juicer retails for $200 and available at amazon.com.
Countertop appliances with multi-purpose functions are the ones most likely to stay on your countertop for regular use. We’re partial to the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe. This electric with reversible griddle/grill plates produces top-notch pancakes, bacon and eggs, sandwiches, paninis, burgers, and grilled meats. With an extra-large grilling surface (240 square inches open), you can entertain crowds or, using the half grill/griddle, just your family. The brushed-stainless Deluxe model includes dual-zone temperature control and a special sear feature that heats to 500 degrees F. for up to two minutes, locking in the juiciness and flavor of steaks or chops. All accessories are dishwasher safe. Limited 3 year warranty. MSRP $159. Available at amazon.com.