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Top 10 Small Kitchen Gifts


Looking for something different but useful to give to your favorite cook? Most home cooks have a drawer full of gadgets that go unused. These selections are a little off the beaten path, but sure to be appreciated. These ideas are useful as stocking stuffers or for year-round gift-giving. Prices range from inexpensive to indulgent.

1. Zyliss Garlic Press

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This may be the last garlic press you ever buy. Mine is over twenty years old and going strong. No need to peel garlic cloves before pressing. Includes a cleaning tool, but cleans easily without it.

2. Silpat Baking Mat

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This silicone mat fits in the bottom of your baking sheet for non-stick cooking. Replaces standard parchment paper for cooking purposes. It's washable and reusable. Also handy for rolling out doughs.

3. Pyrex Measuring Spoon Set

I've been enjoying the use of these spoons for over a year now. I picked up an extra set for myself and one for my daughter. The spoons nest inside each other, as most sets do. However, the handles are magnetized to keep them together without the need for a ring. Gone are the days of searching for the right size measuring spoon. They are always together. They are of plastic construction with tapered ends. Dishwasher safe. They make a perfect stocking stuffer.
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4. Microplane Grater Zester

The microplane grater zester is a re-purposed carpentry tool that makes quick work of zesting and grating citrus fruits, butter for pastry, chocolate, cheese, garlic, nutmeg, and more. You'll wonder how you lived without one. There are many varieties including stick-shaped, box, micro and macro, and a personal favorite, the nutmeg grater which has a storage compartment for whole nutmegs. They are razor-sharp, so watch your knuckles. Dishwasher-safe.
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5. Adjust-A-Cup Measuring Cup

Measuring liquid ingredients accurately can be difficult with some ingredients. It can be even more difficult to get sticky fluids all out of that measuring cup. This push-up measuring cup solves the problem.
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6. Pot Clips

This is such a simple item, but it comes in so handy. It's a clip that affixes to the side of any pot. Instead of using a spoon rest, the spoon or cooking utensil slips into the slot to hang over the pot. No more drips and no more confusion over which utensil goes with which pot. The interior feet of the clips are padded so you won't have to worry about damage to your pots. You will probably want more than one.
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7. Kitchen Thermometers

When choosing an electronic kitchen thermometer, you must first analyze your usage. Large easy-to-read dials, shatter-proof clear lenses and calibration options are optimum. Other options include dual probes, timer and remote beeper.

8. Butter Bell

The butter bell is a unique method for storing butter without refrigeration. The butter is placed into the top of the bell. The top fits into the bottom which is filled with cool water, protecting the butter from spoilage and odors, yet leaving it soft enough to spread. It also works well with solid margarine. Not designed for use with whipped or soft-spread butters or margarines.
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9. Garlic Peeler Tube

It looks strange, but it works! Place garlic cloves inside the rubber tube. Roll on the counter with the palm of your hand. You'll hear the skins cracking. Shake cloves out from the tube and simply separate the skins from the cloves.
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10. Heat-resistant Silicone Spatula

Flexible rubber spatulas have always been indispensible for bakers, but would melt under high heat conditions. Today's version can withstand 600 degrees F. or more depending on the brand, making it perfect for all the nooks and crannies of the frypan.
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