Without my favorite cookware, I’d be lost in the kitchen. Ok, maybe not fully lost, but the right tools go a long way in making a good home cook. Think about your favorite family dish. Do you picture your grandma serving up treats in a specific dish or whipping together a meal with her favorite set of pots? If so, you know what I mean when I talk about the right kitchen tools. To help you put together a set for you or your favorite home chef, here is a guide featuring my favorite kitchen gift ideas.
Kitchen Gifts: Cookware
My love for the Instant Pot is no secret. I spearheaded a Facebook group dedicated to Instant Pot recipes, and have my own Instant Pot guide. Why do I swear by this gadget? Because it does it all. You can cook your meals faster and with less work. I know that can seem like sacrilege to some cooks, because the work is part of the fun, but you can still create tasty dishes with deep flavors, and the Instant Pot is a wonderful tool for family meals or anything for a crowd. Buy the Instant Pot here.
Cuisinart 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This set covers pretty much everything you’ll need from breakfast to dinner. The set comes with different sized pots and pants, with tight-fitting lids and the stainless steel designs make the cookware durable. You can go from the stovetop straight to the oven with these pots and pans, and they are dishwasher safe. These are thoughtfully designed, and a joy to cook with. Buy the Cuisinart Cookware Set here.
All-Clad 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Looking for a higher-end version of the Cuisinart set? The All-Clad set is a more luxurious version of the Cuisinart. This set has the same features as the Cuisinart while boasting a lifetime warranty and is safe up to 600 degrees (vs. 550 for the Cuisinart). All-Clad is also made in America, and the products are beautifully crafted. This is a set you will be proud to own. Buy the All-Clad Cookware Set here.
If you eat a lot of vegetables, I highly recommend adding a spiralizer to your repertoire. This gadget cuts vegetables into the perfect shape and size for garnishes, salads, “noodles” and more. It’s fun to use, and I promise you will pull it out more often than you may think. Buy the Spiralizer here.
Hamilton Beach Electric Egg Cooker
I make a lot of hard-boiled eggs, and this gadget makes it easy to get perfect hard, medium or soft boiled eggs. It even makes poached eggs. It makes up to seven eggs at a time, which makes it great for dishes like egg salad, or to simply whip up a week’s worth of breakfast. Anyone who loves eggs would love to find this under the tree for Christmas. Buy the Electric Egg Cooker.
Nordic Ware Popcorn Popper
Fellow popcorn lovers know we are always looking for a way to pop the perfect bowl, and this microwave popcorn popper is about as good as it gets. The microwavable design means it is easy to use, and the bowl can be used as a serving dish for the popcorn, or pretty much anything else. You don’t even need to add oil before your pop your corn. Buy the Popcorn Popper.
My Favorite Pots and Pans
If you are looking to build a cookware set of your own, or you know a home chef who doesn’t need a whole cookware set, these are some of my favorite individual pots and pans:
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