Gift Ideas for the Chef and Kitchen
Whether you’re looking to buy for a budding chef or simply because they have a kitchen in the house, here’s a selection of gadget gift ideas for focal point of the house, the kitchen.
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook – $9.93
“Consider, young Jedi: Why bake a plain old cookie when you can bake a super-Chewie Wookiee Cookie?” So begins the delightful Star Wars Cookbook. Aimed at young cooks, but fun for all ages, the cookbook provides recipes for treats such as Princess Leia Danish Dos, Twin Sun Toast, Tusken Raider Taters, Sandtrooper Sandies, and the Amazon.com house favorite, Boba Fett-uccine. (What better way to get young Jedi knights to eat their broccoli?) Author Robin Davis’s directions are extremely thorough and safety oriented (as she notes, “the calm and perceptive mind of a Jedi warrior will enable you to prevent most mishaps in the kitchen”), and perfect for kids who are new to cooking.
The Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook is available from Amazon for $9.93.
Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer – $14.65
This Polder Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer has a wonderful shape and design so that any cook can put it on the kitchen counter when not in use. The timer can be flipped over to change between clock and timer functions. It has a 100 minute timer and stopwatch. A great gift idea!
The Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer is available from Amazon for $14.65.
Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills – $14.99
Back when the Rubik’s Cube was in its hey day, the kitchen was probably mostly foreign territory for you. Sure, you could toast a mean Pop Tart or pour yourself a giant bowl of Cap’n Crunch, but anything beyond that was likely outside the realm of your culinary ability. Boy, how things have changed – now you’re a microwave ninja and can follow perfectly the 4 steps on the back of any box. Your mac-and-cheese is legendary. A hot dog from your kitchen is even better than the ones you can get from the gas station stop shop. What better way to pay some homage to the days of your culinary roots then with these puzzling retro style grinders.
The Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills is available from Think Geek for $14.99.
Automatic Pepper Mills/Salt Grinders – $19.99
You are getting 2 sets of the iTouchless Automatic Stainless Steel Electric Pepper Mill/Salt Grinder. Each of the Pepper Mill/Salt Grinder is ideal for dinner parties featuring salads and steaks that taste better with fresh-ground pepper and sea salt. Just press the button on top and let the mill go to work. The stainless steel grinding mechanism can be adjusted from fine to coarse, and a light will turn on automatically at the bottom when you activate the mill to help with accurate portion control at night. The nut underneath the mill controls the texture: turn clockwise for a finer grind, counterclockwise for coarser.
The Automatic Pepper Mills/Salt Grinders is available from Amazon for $19.99.
Spoon Scale – $24.99
With baking, precision is absolutely vital. Measuring your wet ingredients and your dry ingredients with our new ultra-precise spoon scale. With two spoons included, you can scoop out just the right amount of sugar, or even 10-1 grams of salt! To get this level of precision, you’d normally need a separate scale, but we’ve combined two immensely useful kitchen gadgets into one, and we love dual-use devices in the kitchen!
The Spoon Scale is available from Think Geek for $24.99.
Digital Scale Measuring Cup – $39.95
This is the only measuring cup with an integrated digital scale. Unlike typical measuring cups that only determine volume, this model also measures wet or dry ingredients by weight, a more precise technique favored by pastry chefs and artisanal bakers. A 1 1/4″ LCD on the handle displays digital measurements in ounces, pounds, or grams. The scale automatically converts weight (ounces, fluid ounces, grams, or milliliters) into volume (cups) for water, milk, oil, sugar, and flour, providing superior accuracy when making recipes.
The Digital Scale Measuring Cup is available from Hammacher for $39.95.
Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool – $39.99
It wasn’t until many thousands of years later that we took that ancient knowledge and created the ultimate kitchen tool. It can grind herbs into a lovely paste for flavoring meats, it can grate ginger and garlic for your stir fry, and you can even use a flattened stone edge to hone your blades to razor sharpness.
The Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool is available from Think Geek for $39.99.
Chef’s Remote Thermometer Monitor – $49.95
This is the meat thermometer and timer that allows cooks to monitor food’s progress from up to 100′ away using a wireless transmitter probe which sends temperature updates to a handheld receiver. Audible voice alerts tell you when your food has reached the pre-set level (from rare to well-done), and the transmitter is suitable for both kitchen and outdoor grill use, leaving cooks free to attend to other tasks and not having to constantly wait at the ready for cooking to finish. The unit’s database has pre-set temperature settings for six types of poultry and meat, and additional custom settings can be programmed and stored. The backlit display is easy to read, and the transmitter’s weather-resistant case protects it during outdoor use.
The Chef’s Remote Thermometer Monitor is available from Hammacher for $49.95.
Nutritional Facts Scale – $59.95
This is the scale that displays the nutritional facts about food items in the same, simple format found on all food product packaging as mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ten key elements of weighed foods are displayed, including calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, sodium, and more. An internal database stores the nutritional value of 999 foods and has the capacity to memorize an additional 99 foods you can program with the key pad on the scale. Foods can be stored to determine nutritional value of an entire meal or an entire day’s consumption.
The Nutritional Facts Scale is available from Hammacher for $59.95.
Space Invaders Cutting Boards – $129.99
WHUMP-WHUMP-whump-whump, they marched, downwards – ever downwards, towards your mobile artillery cannon. You fired and fired, and blasted them from the sky, but the more you shot down, the faster they came! This was the golden age of videogames. Back then, a meal was a cola slushy and a hotpocket. Now, you’re all grown up. You’ve traded in your pocketfull of quarters for a console, but you never forgot your roots. Pay homage to those days of yore when Italian plumbers battled giant apes and pie-chart-graphs ate ghosts. It’s time to decorate in video-game style.
The Space Invaders Cutting Boards is available from Think Geek for $129.99.