From knives to connected thermometers to next-gen sous vide machines, these are the gadgets that will really fire up the imagination and creativity of the home cook in your life.
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The newest generation of this digital thermometer has ports for four probes (two are included) and has a magnetic base, so it can securely attach to your grill. It works with a free app, which can chart your food’s temperature over time, and send you an alert when it’s ready.
The most essential tool in any kitchen is a good knife, and you don't have to spend a fortune to get one. The editors at Cook's Illustrated favor the Victorinox 8-inch chef's knife, for its low price, high-carbon stainless-steel blade and slip-resistant Fibrox handle.
Sometimes, the simplest methods are the best. The Whirley-Pop sits on your stove and pops up 6 quarts of popcorn in just minutes. Made of aluminum, it has a 25-year warranty on all moving parts, and cleans up with just a wipe from a towel. Movie night at home just got better.
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Boldly go where no slice has gone before. This replica of the Enterprise from the original series has a 4-inch, laser-etched, stainless-steel blade and a solid, zinc-alloy, chromium-plated body that's tough enough to cut through Species 8472 or a Sicilian pie.
Do you have a bad motivator when you wake up in the morning? This little R2 unit coffee press ill give you enough energy to pull the ears off a gundar. It has a 32-ounce capacity, so you can make enough coffee for you and your pitiful band of rebels.
An accurate thermometer is an essential kitchen tool; your aspiring chef will love this fast-read thermometer, and you'll like that it costs less than $50, yet is nearly as quick to measure temperatures as more expensive thermometers. It's available in nine different colors, is splashproof, and has a backlit display.
For those cooks avoiding carbs but who still want a pasta fix, this gadget turns veggies into spaghetti-like strands. With four different blades, the Paderno spiralizer can make angel hair, spiral cut, shoestring, and linguine-like noodles. It works with any firm fruit or veggie, such as apples, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and zucchini.
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