Convinced there’s a cook in your life who needs more grilling gear this holiday season? Sure, he might call himself “king of the grill” unironically. And yeah, he might love flames, raw meat, and the rugged outdoors. But another pair of tongs probably won’t set his soul on fire. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite cookware and appliances that we’re confident the chef in your life will use and love… more than that ninth grill brush.
1. DIY Carne Asada Kit
Complete with a grill, tortilla griddle, tongs, and two varieties of spices, this DIY Carne Asada Kit means that Taco Tuesday is about to become Taco Every Day. This is one of those gifts he’s going to use to impress that someone special (hopefully it’s you!).
2. Krups Double Basket Fryer
Although there’s nothing healthy (or even healthyish) about them, deep fryers open up a world of culinary possibilities from homemade French fries to fried green tomatoes. With an adjustable thermostat and stay-cool basket, there’s honestly nothing you can’t crisp to perfection.
3. French Fry Cutter
Step aside, month-old frozen curly fries, there’s a fresher contender in town. This heavy-duty cast-iron cutter is ideal for slicing potatoes into restaurant-style French fries at your kitchen table. With durable, stainless steel blades, you can experiment with different veggies like eggplant and sweet potato.
4. Ugly Food Delivery Subscription
Because we haven’t had a veggie body-pos movement yet, our treatment of “ugly” produce is actually a huge contributor to food waste. We’re not kidding. Billions of pounds of perfectly healthy fruits and veggies are tossed every year, just because they don’t look perfect. That’s why, if you live in select regions of California, Imperfect will deliver produce boxes to your door filled with fruits and veggies that are affordable, convenient, and delicious. The best part? You’re helping reduce waste and pushing us toward a more sustainable system of eating.
(Prices vary; imperfectproduce.com)
5. Haven's Kitchen Sauce Sampler
This globally inspired sauce sampler features four of Haven’s Kitchen’s best artisan sauces: Herby ChimiChurri, Kale Walnut Pesto, Peanut Lemongrass, and Red Pepper Romesco. Perfect for pasta dishes, sandwiches, marinades, and stir-fries, this sampler kit will turn even the driest dish into pure awesome sauce.
6. Victorinox Rosewood Chef's Knife
Every cook knows the importance of a great knife, and for us, Victorinox’s chef knife is the one that makes the cut. Designed for pro chefs, its heavy handle design makes it easy to chop, slice, and dice whatever is on your cutting board.
7. ChefAlarm Grill Thermometer
OK, so your guy knows his way around a grill. But does he know what’s happening inside of it? And, for that matter, inside each piece of meat? Unless he’s a hot-dog-whisperer, probably not. Luckily, the ChefAlarm lets you get under the skin of whatever you’re grilling. With a leave-in probe, high- and low-temperature alarms, and a built-in timer, you can get all up in your brisket’s business to make sure it’s cooked to perfection.
8. Chef Backpack
For pro chefs, potluck fanatics, or cooks-on-the-go, this backpack offers a sleek and durable way to carry cookware from place to place. (Because carrying all of your knives around in a plastic baggie probably isn’t okay.)
9. Cuisinart Electric Knife
Carving the roast beast can be downright dangerous if you don’t have the right tools to do the job. With a bread blade as well as a carving blade, this guy can cut cleanly through the toughest meats, veggies, breads, and more. And we promise he’ll be using it way beyond Thanksgiving.
10. Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker With Pancake Plates
Know a guy who loves brunch but hates leaving the house? With this kick-ass Belgian waffle iron that doubles as a pancake griddle, he can easily whip up a delicious morning meal in the comfort of his kitchen. In other words, he can experience all of the wonders of brunch without the horrible inconvenience of having to put on pants.
11. Made In Starter Kit
High in quality and low in price, these pots and pans are perfect for that single friend who wants nice cookware… but hasn’t had the chance to put them on a registry yet. With the Made In Starter Kit, he’ll get all the basics including a stainless steel frying pan, saucepan, and stock pot. You can also purchase individual pans if you want to spend a little less.
12. Spice Rub Sampler
‘Tis the season to season! Blended with organic spices, this kit includes seven distinct seasonings. From spicy habanero salt to zesty chimichurri, they’re perfect for seasoning meats, poultry, fish, and even tofu.