Holiday Gift Ideas
The opening whistle for the holiday shopping season sounded a few days ago, and I know a lot of us are feverishly flailing around for gift ideas. If your loved one does any cooking then your job just got a lot easier because we are going to give you a long list of ideas. Chef Jerry Pellegrino keeps up with culinary technology, and Al has a number of gadgets in his own kitchen that are tried and true.
Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
Super handy for grilling. It comes with 6 individual probes that insert into food on the grill. Pre-set the desired temp and it will ring your phone when it's ready. Super convenient. Around $55.
Tired of that cup of coffee going cold? The Smart Mug will keep it as hot as you want as long as you want. Hot to the very last drop. Available online for about $100.
Vacuum Sealer Machine
Food Saver brand, $40-50. You can get a roll of bags, which the machine will cut for you, and allow you to make a custom sized bag. Otherwise, regular bags are available.
Sous Vide Machine
This is a submersible wand with temperature controls that clamps onto the side of a deep cooking pot. They range in price from about $50 to $150, and are very simple to use.
Suggestion: Buy a sous vide cookbook before you start.
Ninja SP 101 Air Fryer Combo Oven
This clever fold-down machine lets you air fry, toast, convection bake, and air broil. It comes with a removable wire basket and a non-stick roasting pan. Quick, easy to use, easy to clean. About $150.
Presto Eversharp Knife Sharpening Machine
It has two sides, one for sharpening and one for honing the blade. Will keep your knives sharp for as long as they last and are simple to use. Sells for about $30 and is worth every penny.
Olive Oil Spray Bottle
The spray bottle fills up with your favorite olive oil and then dispenses it in a fine mist wherever the oil is needed. It works by pumping up the container and letting fly with a simple aim and press trigger. The Woodhubs model sells for about $12 and once you start using it, you won't stop.