Everyone has that phenomenal cook or baker in their life. I personally use and love each of these items, so they come with my high recommendation as gifts for other cooks and bakers out there! Just so you know, some of these are amazon affiliate links that support BarbellsAndBaking (at no additional cost to you) and help me keep this blog up and running. Thank you for your support! Happy Shopping!
1. Every Last Crumb Cookbook by Brittany Angell - The ULTIMATE cookbook for people who have been cooking Paleo/Gluten Free or for those who want to start trying it! The recipes in here are 100% amazing and you can't even tell that they are gluten free! This is a MUST to have in your kitchen!
2. Fred and Friends MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser - How cute it this?! Yes please, I'll take a little manatee in my cup any day! They also have a "Deep Tea Diver", "Lemon Tea", "Mister Tea", and "Tetanic"! These would be perfect for a stocking stuffer for any tea drinker!
3. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Juicer - I did a TON of research before buying this juicer and have not been disappointed! This baby will probably last my entire life and makes the most delicious juices! I love that it's big enough that I don't have to cut all of the vegetables down to smaller sizes!
4. FRED MIX STIX Drumstick Spoons - I mean who doesn't want to cook and play the drums (aka your kitchen counters or random objects hanging around your kitchen) at the same time? Put on some music, drum, and cook away! I LOVE having these in my kitchen and they are the cutest gift!
5. Ninja Master Prep Professional - I use this for all of my smoothies in addition to anything else I need to chop up (salsa, onions, sauces, etc.). Now this isn't a Vitamix, but it's pretty close! Consumer reports compared the top-rated Vitamix 5200 as a 91 out of 100 and the Ninja also scored a 91 out of 100! The only things that I would say this can't do that a Vitamix can do is grind nuts SO fine that it can be flour (the Ninja can grind nuts into a fine meal, but not quite the flour consistency) and making juice out of vegetables (such as carrot juice), or make almond milk. Those would require the power of the Vitamix. However for anything else, this blender will more than do the job amazingly well, it takes up less space in your cupboard and is WAY less money out of your wallet! Seriously though.
6. Pyrex Storage Set - About 2 years ago I got rid of all plastic storage containers from my cupboards because of the fact that substances can leak out of the plastic and into your food if you microwave them in the plastic. I also hated the fact that some plastics get "stained" from certain foods such as sauces, so we decided to just use glass containers. I have never regretted this decision! They are easy to clean, very sturdy glass (I've dropped a couple of them and they haven't broken), and best of all, I don't have to worry in the slightest about anything leaking out into our food!
7. Artisan Non-stick Baking Mat Set - These are seriously amazing, especially for cookies and pizza. Your pans don't get marks on them and you NEVER have to worry about anything sticking! A Baker's dream!
8. Norpro 994C Silicone Egg Pancake Ring Round - These little rings are when you need your eggs to be perfectly round for putting them in english muffins OR if you are like me and are a perfectionistic and you just want your eggs to look really nice and round haha (I know... ridiculous... but at least I admitted it)!
9. Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer - Now this little baby is AMAZING! I use it to make "Zoodles" (noodles out of zucchini) and other "vegetable pastas"! Seriously one of the greatest tools for cooks that want/need healthier pasta options!
10. Pyrex Bakeware Set - The Pyrex Bakeware set is also amazing because all of the containers have lids, so when you cook/bake food (like my famous italian sausage lasagne), you can eat what we want, then put the lid on it and just put it in the fridge! Definitely makes for easy clean up! Pyrex is also is fantastic quality for bakeware.
Questions? Anything else you would add to the list! Feel free to offer other suggestions!