Need a bunch of small gifts for stuffing stockings? Kim Campbell, our director of culinary education, came up with a list you’ll be happy to check twice!
Silicone Garlic Peeler: $2–$10
This is a simple tool that saves time and money. Buying peeled garlic is pricey, and it’s not always easy to find. Fresh garlic is quick and easy to peel with this little gadget. Simply cut off the ends of the garlic, place the garlic into the tube, roll back and forth, and the peel is removed. It’s easy and quick, and you don’t have to deal with that pungent scent that can linger on your hands for hours.
Stainless Steel or Silicone Whisks: $5–$15
I prefer the silicone whisks because they do not scratch bowls or pans. I recommend having different sizes — small, medium, and large — for a variety of uses. Small ones are great for small custard bowls and larger ones work well for soups and sauces. Metal whisks are a bit stiffer than silicone, but some people prefer these for a better whip.
Milk Bag Strainers: $8–$12
If you make your own almond or nut milks, I highly recommend the Best Nut Milk Bag for straining and separating the nut pulp. Simply blend the nuts and water and run the mixture through these handy bags for a smoother milk. They are easy to clean and reusable. I have searched many stores for these bags and can only find them online. Amazon offers the biggest variety. There is nothing easier and healthier than fresh almond milk!
Kitchen Shears: $10–$20
A good pair of kitchen shears can cut everything from flower stems to chives. I like to use shears for cutting herbs, trimming dough, cutting dried fruits, snipping tortillas for baking, etc. These little shears are so handy and I find myself reaching for them often for a multitude of jobs.
Peelers/Julienne Peeler: $5–$15
Traditional peelers are something I use more than once in a day. I replace peelers periodically as they will dull over time. We peel carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, and squash often. A julienne peeler is a different style of peeler that typically has small teeth built into the blade for matchstick-style carrots or zucchini shreds. I recommend having both types of peelers in your kitchen.
Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons: $7–$15
I prefer stainless steel because they do not rust, crack, or discolor. I have two or three sets of spoons in a small container sitting next to my stove. I use measuring spoons A LOT! When recording measurements and creating accuracy in a recipe, I have to ensure precise amounts. I love having more than one set because sometimes they get wet or dirty, and I’m always looking for a clean/dry one. You can never have too many measuring spoon sets.
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