What to Buy as a Gift for a New Cook? Here are 15 Best Choices
Your spouse finally has more free time and got interested in spending it at home and now they really enjoy cooking. You’re dating a person who’s thinking of changing a career path and making a living as a cook. Your daughter has moved out and is starting her own family. Your neighbor is always glad to invite you for a dinner or a cup of tea accompanied by some amazing cookies of hers. Whoever it is, you’re likely to choose a gift of them to celebrate their wonderful skills.
•Circulon Nonstick 5-Piece Bakeware Set
Anyone aspiring to master cooking needs bakeware, no matter whether you want to try and bake that grandma’s apple pie you still remember the smell of or for a quick weekday evening pizza. This 5-piece set will equip a new cook for any task at hand. The chocolate brown color looks stylish with the nonstick surface and the ridges ensuring that whatever you’ve baked will easily leave the pan. Moreover, you will clean these pans without any effort. The pans are made from heavy-gauge steel which helps even heating while the rolled rims protect them resistant from warping. The pans withstand the temperature of up to 450 degrees and have wide handles, which means you won’t have a problem getting them out of your oven.
•Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender
You can make your favorite smoothies right in a glass or blend soups in a pot. Just use this stick blender for it. You can use it instead of a countertop blender, and the beauty of this one is that it doesn’t take much space in a tiny kitchen. If the new cook aspires to make one step ahead, they can try making mayonnaise with a stick blender, which will become a point of no return in their cooking adventure. Although a novice is unlikely to think of it, once they have it, they’ll know what to use it for it.
•Lodge Enameled 4.5-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
According to cookwareinsider.com, not every piece of cookware can be used both on the stovetop and in the oven. An enameled Dutch oven can. Moreover, it’s good-looking enough to put it in the middle of your dinner table. The heavy cookware facilitates even cooking. No burnt dinner from now on! Not only can you use the Dutch oven for making stew and braising, you can bake bread or fry in it. It is a truly versatile piece of cookware.
•Bormioli Rocco Carafe
Whatever you use this carafe for – juice, cocktail or simply water – they will look gorgeous; moreover, the carafe will look fanciable on your kitchen shelf. You can even use it as an improvised vase. Few people would think about buying a carafe for their kitchen, which makes the idea of presenting it as a gift even better.
•Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack
This roasting pan will accompany you in your cooking adventure for years to come. The heavy gauge aluminum core provides even heating. It is completely encased by stainless steel, which means you can use it in the oven, broiler, or on the stovetop. Any metal utensils can be applied to this pan with you not having to worry as its nonstick coating will bear no harm. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about cleaning it: just put it in the dishwasher and add any detergent you opt for.
The nonstick v-shaped roasting rack goes with the pan. If you want to boast a roasted turkey of up to 25 pounds, it will help you do it with the handles of the pan itself being triple-riveted to provide you a secure hold of such weight. You might think that it’s not that cheap for a once-in-a-year adventure with a turkey, but it’s worth every penny if you are ready to spoil those around you with roasted food more often.
•OXO Good Grips Cookie Press
Everybody likes baking cookies because it’s fun, reminds us of that great time called childhood, and brings this amazingly cozy smell to the house we all miss. This cookie press can help you make fancy cookies with no sweat. It's indispensable if you cook for a party, want to have something to surprise your colleagues at work or to treat your friends and family. The press has several disks for you to have a choice of designs; you can even buy more disks separately to have enough designs for any season or holiday.
•The Nessie Family
This unconventional Loch-Ness-monster-looking set is comprised of a colander, a soup ladle, and a tea infuser. Not only do they look adorable, they’re really handy too. The ladle will be used for serving soups, chillis, and stews; the colander will help you lift vegetables, pasta, or other foods and strain out any unwanted liquid; the tea infuser will help you make tea or infuse spices into your dishes.
•Bodum Columbia Stainless Steel Thermal Vacuum Coffee Press
Any electric coffee maker takes lots of space on the kitchen counter. The problem is solved! Just buy this coffee press, which is amazingly easy to use and doesn’t call for any extra costs as you don’t have to buy any proprietary pods for it. Being made from stainless steel, this one is much better than those made of glass, as it will last forever. An additional bonus is that, thanks to its double-wall construction, it will keep your coffee warm for that second cup.
•Totally Bamboo 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set
We’ve known wooden cutting boards for centuries; bamboo ones are quite new for us, though they’re already very popular thanks to their natural look. There are three boards in this set; all of them are of different size. It’s your choice how you will use them: as cutting boards or for serving.
•Black Walnut French Style Rolling Pin
This rolling pin is a rare example of combining elegance and functionality. It is sure to make an adorable gift that a cook will use for years and years. Not only can you use the rolling pin for baking, it’s a wonderful tool for pounding meat or crushing nuts or crackers.
•Paula Deen Signature Pantryware 3-Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Set
Every kitchen must have a set of good mixing bowls. These ones are decorated with a red stripe, which will bring more color to your kitchen. They are also easy to store and occupy little valuable kitchen space. An additional bonus is that you can put them into your dishwasher and save time on cleaning them. Moreover, they’re versatile: mix in them, serve your dishes at the table in them, use them to put some fruit on the counter.
•OXO Good Grips Mandoline Slicer
You need to make even, consistent slices? No kitchen tool will serve you better for it than a mandoline. This one can be adjusted for various thickness. Of course, a new cook who’s still not that confident when using a knife will adore it. Moreover, you can play with different kinds of slices: straight, wavy, waffle, or julienne cuts. It will also protect your fingers as it has a special food holder for safety. It is easy to store too because all the blades are attached to the mandoline, whith the food holder keeping them together.
•Wüsthof 8-Piece Stainless-Steel Steak Knife Set
It’s obvious that steak knives are not a necessity: any flatware set will have knives that work quite well. Having said that, a high-quality steak knife will definitely make eating steak, pork chops, or rib roast even more enjoyable as it will cut meat like it’s room-temperature butter. These knives are entirely stainless steel. The exquisite looking wooden box for storage, which they are sold in, makes them a perfect gift.
•Emile Henry Flame Pizza Stone
Having pizza stones means you can bake far more goody things than pizza in your oven – bread, flatbreads, whatever you want actually. Being able to safely use a pizza stone under the broiler or on a grill makes it a perfect kitchen cookware. Moreover, you can cut your pizza right on the stone due to the special coating, which also makes it possible to wash in a dishwasher. Thanks to the attractive look, this one can be used for serving too.
•Cuisinart ICE-60W Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart ice cream maker has recently got several extra features. It has become larger, so now you can treat a crowd with the delicious ice cream you make – a 2-quart capacity will definitely provide for it. Another new thing is a countdown timer, which will instantly show you when the ice cream is ready. The control panel boasts three kinds of settings and several speeds so you can make ice cream, gelato, sorbets, etc.
They’ve also improved the paddle design in this model, the processing time being reduced too. It’s a no-brainer to add crushed nuts or other add-ins now thanks to the ingredient spout. As an extra bonus they offer an integrated measuring cup, which means you don’t have to spend your money on buying one. As soon as the ice cream is done, the device switches off automatically.
Just one last tip: freeze the freezer bowl for 24 hours in advance of making ice cream. You should wash it by hand only when it is thawed.