The holiday shopping season will be extremely online this year, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cookware and serveware finds to inspire your holiday gift-giving. This list includes everything from budget-friendly essentials to stuff stockings or gift coworkers to splurge-worthy tools that will make any health-minded home cook jump for joy. We found great Black Friday deals for some of our favorites, so if you see a great price, grab it while you can.
Some cookware is pretty enough to double as serveware, and this ceramic baking tray falls into that category. Its wide, even, sturdy surface simplifies slicing pizza and baked goods. The oven- and dishwasher-safe tray comes in a vivid array of Fiestaware’s classic colors, so you can pick one perfectly suited to your home cook.
FOK Chef Darshana Thacker’s favorite nonstick skillet is an ideal present for whole-food, plant-based home cooks, as it’s not just nonstick but was designed specifically for fat-free cooking. That makes it easy to cook up oil-free sautés—no worrying about ingredients sticking to the pan. The oven-going 10-inch skillet is large enough to cook a stir-fry but small enough to handle easily.
Yes, it’s a splurge, but this deluxe gift is sure to make someone’s holiday special. The Vitamix high-speed blender can make cream-style soups in a matter of seconds, blitz nuts into a smooth butter, and turn frozen fruit pieces into a soft-serve “nice cream” treat. We like the Ascent Series A2300 model, which has a shorter, wider pitcher and cutting-edge precision settings that include a digital timer and wireless sensor.
If you’re seeking a solid blender but aren’t ready to splurge on a Vitamix, look to the full-size NutriBullet. At a fraction of the price of the Vitamix, it still has a powerful motor and heavy-duty blades great for chopping, mixing, pureeing, and achieving creamy smoothness.
No plant-based pantry is complete without a solid spice collection, and freshly ground spices offer the most flavor. The Kyocera Everything Adjustable Mill is a sturdy, do-it-all manual grinder. Its rust-proof ceramic blades make it ideal for grinding seeds, salt, and chiles, which retain moisture and can clog other mills. The beechwood base comes in three different shades.
Compact salad hands toss together ingredients more thoroughly and gently than tongs can. These ones from Totally Bamboo have a small button on the back of each that keeps them from sliding down into the bowl—a thoughtful detail.
An expensive-but-worth-it item, the Le Creuset Dutch Oven lasts a lifetime and is pretty enough to keep on the stove. This sturdy cast-iron pot can also be used as an oven roaster, with or without the lid. The enamel interior coating prevents foods from sticking, which makes cleanup a breeze.
A little smaller but just as mighty as the Le Creuset pot above, Staub’s enameled cast iron braiser is on big sale over at Zwilling for Black Friday. Color options include cherry red, turquoise, white, graphite gray, and black. Staub bonus: The interior enamel is black (Le Creuset pots have a cream-colored interior), making stains a non-issue.
You don’t need a dedicated appliance to air-fry: This Copper Crisper two-piece allows hot air to circulate freely around foods in the oven so they get mouthwateringly crisp and golden without oil. Pretty, practical, and a perfect present for the healthy home cook in your life.
‘Tis the season for citrus, and this sunshiny squeezer from New Star Foodservice gets every last drop from halved lemons and limes while filtering out seeds and pulp. Easier to use and clean than a reamer, this is a great little stocking stuffer!
Another genius stocking stuffer: Microplane’s pro-caliber tool has super sharp steel blades and an ergonomic handle. It’s also dishwasher-safe. Not just for zesting citrus, it’s great for grating things like garlic, ginger, and whole nutmeg, too.
Spiralizers are super handy for veggie-forward home cooks, allowing them to create zoodles, asparagus ribbons, and so much more. Plus, they’re fun to use. Our favorite is the Brieftons 7-Blade Spiralizer, an ultra-sturdy, crank-operated model that comes with multiple blades that store easily in slots. It comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
If they don’t already have an Instant Pot, there’s a good chance it’s on their list. Instant Pot’s 6-quart, 7-in-1 model is an all-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker that’s big enough for a family of four. Instant Pot tips and recipes are readily available online, providing endless options for culinary creativity.
Silicone pan liners make a thoughtful gift for the environmentally conscious home cook, as they offer a reusable alternative to parchment paper. A favorite among professional pastry chefs and home cooks alike, this Silpat mat is stronger than silicone-only liners, thanks to its fiberglass mesh, and we love the color.
This one’s actually on my Amazon wish list. (Hi, Dad!) FOK head chef Darshana Thacker tested several different nonstick waffle irons earlier this year and found this model to be the best for oil-free cooks. The Belgian-style waffle maker has multiple heat settings and delivers a smooth nonstick experience (along with pretty, deep-pocketed waffles).
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