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Top 10 Most Popular Kitchen Gifts

Gift Ideas at CHEFS Mix
December 7, 2012

The Holiday Season is my favorite time of the year. But when it comes to Holiday shopping, I tend to procrastinate until the last minute. The irony is I try really, REALLY, hard to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I listen all year long hoping for that little nugget of “I wish I had,” or “oh, I really want,” and I am on it like a duck on a June bug. I even have a phone app dedicated to recording those little gems of desire. But despite my best intentions, there always seems to be one or two people that I just have no idea what to get.

If you are in the same situation for the cooks and bakers on your gift list, we are here to help. We have compiled the top 10 most popular kitchen gifts. These are the items that are currently trending and popular on the CHEFScatalog.com site. I am going to share some of the features and functionality that makes them different, special, unique, and a great gift idea.

Oh, and by the way, if you have any questions about the products or gifting potential feel free to ask questions in the comments, or tweet (@CHEFScatalog), Facebook (facebook.com/CHEFScatalog) & email them (CHEFSmix@chefscatalog.com). We are happy to help and share what information we have.

CHEFS Top 10 Popular Gift Ideas

1.    Cuisinart Griddler, GR-4N

The Cuisinart Griddler is an amazing little machine featuring five functionalities in one compact design. The Griddler is a half griddle Cuisinart Griddler | CHEFS Mixand grill, full open griddle, full open grill, contact grill, and panini press all-in-one. Optional Waffle Plates turn the Griddler into a waffle maker, too.

Only 13-inches at its widest point, the Griddler is compact enough to stay on the counter, stash away in a cabinet, or store in the tight confines of a dorm room.

When the Griddler was introduced over 6 years ago, it was an instant hit. It has only grown in popularity over the years. It is no wonder that the Griddler is a popular gift idea!

2.    KitchenAid 7-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer, KSM7586P

A KitchenAid Stand Mixer is almost synonymous with the Holidays. Probably 75% of the people I know, including KitchenAid 7-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer, KSM7586P | CHEFS Mixmyself, received their first KitchenAid stand mixer as a gift. And its iconic shape is recognizable just about anywhere.

What could KitchenAid do to make this mixer special? They gave it more capacity, and they gave it a DC motor. With a 7-quart work bowl, this stand mixer is the largest home machine that KitchenAid produces. The 1.3 horsepower DC motor makes this mixer KitchenAid’s quietest, and the powerful motor delivers more power with 75% more mixing torque than the Artisan series.

If that sounds a bit too technical, let me put it this way: this mixer will knead 8 lbs of bread dough, or blend batter for 14 dozen cookies without getting bogged down. It is a powerful and quiet mixing master.

If you have a baker or bread maker on your gift list who complains about their mixer not being able to handle heavy batches, this is the mixer for them.

3.    CHEFS Stainless Steel Stovetop Popcorn Kettle

This little stovetop popcorn kettle is pretty unassuming. It looks like a simple 6 quart sauce pan with a glass lid that has a turn crank. But there are a few tricks under the lid that makes this a standout popcorn kettle.

First, this saucepan has a tri-ply encapsulated base, which helps improve the heat distribution across the bottom of the pan. Even CHEFS Stainless Steel Stovetop Popcorn Kettle | CHEFS Mixheating means no hot or cold spots, and no scorched popcorn on one side and raw kernels on the other.

The next innovation was the glass lid that lets you look inside as the popcorn pops. The attached turn crank has long paddles to help distribute the oil and kernels across the bottom of the pan. Even distribution means you can use less oil during popping. As the popcorn pops, the paddles pushes the popped popcorn away and redistributes the un-popped kernels to the bottom allowing the seeds to expand naturally for light and airy popcorn.

The lid holds one final innovation that makes this popcorn popper unique: a silicone cup. Built into the lid, add butter, seasoning, caramel or other toppings into the cup to gently melt while the popcorn pops. Then remove the silicone cup and pour the contents in the pan over the popping corn directly through the lid. No lost heat or splattered mess and the paddles distribute the topping among the kernels.
This unique popcorn kettle is hopping, and sure to be a hit with the popcorn lovers and movie buffs on your gift list.

4.    KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender with Interchangeable Bell Blade & Removable Pan Guard, KHB2571SX

 KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand BlenderUsed in professional and commercial kitchens for years, immersion blenders allow cooks to blend right in a pan or bowl without having to use a standard blender. With this stick blender, blending, pureeing, chopping, shredding, mincing, frothing, mixing, whisking, emulsifying, or aerating are quick and easy. Featuring a quiet 5-speed DC motor, this immersion blender features 5 attachments and two blending arms to give ultimate functionality:

  • Three interchangeable blades are a first in the immersion blender industry
  • Removable pan guards prevent scratching when blending in cookware.
  • A 1liter blending jar comes with a handy lid to make storing leftovers easy.
  • A 2-1/2 cup food chopper is perfect for small jobs of chopping vegetables or nuts.
  • The whisk attachment creates frothed drinks and silky batters.
  • 8-inch blending arm is perfect for shallow and smaller pans
  • 13-inch blending arm reaches into deep soup and stock pots

If you have a soup lover on your gift list, this KitchenAid Hand Blender will make the perfect gift, even if they already have an immersion blender.

5.    The "Never Burn" Sauce Pot

"Never Burn" Sauce Pot | CHEFS MixCHEFS is the only place you will find the “Never Burn” Sauce Pot. A truly unique pot, it is designed to help prevent overcooking or burning. The design of the pot begins with a thick outer layer of stainless steel. Going in toward the center are alternating layers of steel and aluminum that encase a hidden layer of silicon oil. That hidden layer of oil helps ensure even cooking temperatures every time. Don’t let the hidden layer scare you, it is hermetically sealed for 100% safety.

Generously sized with a 10-quart capacity, the “Never Burn” Sauce Pot is sure to become a favorite with whoever uses it. Check out a couple of the product reviews you can find on the CHEFScatalog.com site about this special pot:

Now a believer. I was very skeptical about claims for "no burning or sticking" but this is one product that delivers. The wife has tried it with tomato sauce, collard greens, and the worst of the worst, oyster stew. Nothing sticks. We like it so much that we bought one for our daughter. It has become the "go to" pot for both families. –Breadman, South Carolina

I pot we cannot do without!!! About 6 months ago, we bought a "never burn" pot, and found out it was exactly as advertised. Have never burned a thing in it. We like it so much, my wife and I decided to buy another. Now we have two "never burn" pots. Not only do we consider these pots indispensible for cooking, they are the easiest pots to clean - no residue - cleans as easy as any stick free pot. We couldn't do without them.--gene42, Virgina

It is a great gift for the chili makers on your gift list.

6.   Breville Risotto Plus Rice & Risotto Maker , BRC600XL

The Breville Risotto Plus Rice & Risotto Maker is a new Breville Risotto Plus Rice & Risotto Maker | CHEFS Mixproduct, but a popular new item. It is truly a multi-cooker: a steamer, slow cooker, and rice cooker all-in-one. With 7 preset cooking functions , including a 5-hour “stay warm” function, the advanced multi cooker can make tender slow cooked meals, stir free risotto, fluffy rice, and quinoa an in the same cooking bowl. The sauté function, quickly soften vegetables, caramelize onions, or brown meat.

The Risotto Plus is a workhorse in the kitchen. It doesn’t limit itself to just grains, steam vegetables, poultry and seafood with the push of a button. With its varied functionality, this multi-cooker will find a permanent home on the counter top.

It would make an excellent gift for anyone wanting a rice cooker or needing a smaller slow cooker.

7.    Viante Pasta Fresco Electric Pasta Maker, CUC-27PM Viante Pasta Fresco Electric Pasta Maker | CHEFS Mix

If you have a pasta lover on your gift list this year, this is the gift for them.

Mix, make, and extrude pasta with one machine. The advanced pasta maker and extruder features a powerful motor to mix and knead to perfect consistency. 10 interchangeable disks make pastas from Fettuccini to Ziti.

The quiet and powerful motor will have pasta ready in minutes that would normally take hours to roll and shape by hand.

8.    Commercial Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer

Commercial Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer If you have ever had to slice a potato for potato chips or a traditional layered gratin, and gotten frustrated with the uneven thickness of the slices, you need a mandoline.

A slide dial on the side of the mandoline allows for thickness adjustments. It also comes with 2 julinenne blades, a stationary straight blade, and a stationary waffle blade. A safety pusher is also included to hold the food while keeping the fingers safe. The nonslip rubber grips and legs help keep the machine in place while slicing. This mandoline is constructed of polished stainless steel and is dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.

The mandoline is uniquely designed for quick and consistent slicing or hard or soft fruits and vegetables. It makes quick work out of 5 lb bag of potatoes, making the perfect chip slices or, with the a couple of quick adjustments, waffle cut or julienne to make French fries.

The Stainless Steel Mandoline is a great gift idea for someone who’s looking to take their cooking to the next level. It also makes a great gift for the person who loves to can and preserve the garden bounty.

9.    Zwilling JA Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan

Nonstick ceramic cookware seems to be the hottest trend in cookware. If you aren’t familiar with the ceramic nonstick, it is a non-petroleum based nonstick surface. The ceramic nonstick coating is an eco-friendly or “green” nonstick surface and doesn’t contain PTFE of PFOA.

What I like about the ceramic nonstick is that it is a nonstickZwilling JA Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan | CHEFS Mix that will still sear. My one complaint against nonstick cookware has always been that it doesn’t allow for the same level of searing that a stainless steel pan allows. The ceramic nonstick will sear very well with only moderate heat.

Another advantage of the ceramic nonstick cookware is its durability. The nonstick surface is scratch- and abrasion-resistant, and clean up is a snap. If nonstick spray is used during cooking, a bit of build up is inevitable from the silicon in the spray. A little Bar Keeper’s Friend and a little scrub leaves the surface as good and as nonstick as right out of the box.

This Sol Thermolon Fry Pan is a stand-out performer in the kitchen. I was looking through the reviews, and this from McDave, in California, really stood out:

Astounding. I had read the reviews, so I decided to go straight to the most daunting of non-stick challenges - cheese. I ran two tests straight out of the box, after washing with Dawn soap and water. 1) Parmesan cheese (grated) on an inductive cook top. I let it go until it was browned. Oil separated from the whey and the circular result slid on a plate. After it cooled, it was a perfect Parmesan crisp. Amazed, I cranked it up. 2) Mozzarella cheese (again, nothing but the cheese). Again let it brown. Slid out. I have since made blackened salmon, fried rice, browning of tenderloin before throwing the whole pan in the 500 degree oven. All with incredible results.
Get the pan. Kicks the bum of my (all steel famous brand with 2-words, one begins with an A and the other is C), no question. –McDave, California

This fry pan is a great gift for new cooks. It’s also a nice complimentary cookware piece for someone who wants to add a piece of nonstick cookware into an established cookware collection.

10.    Wusthof Le Cordon Bleu Chef’s Knife, Utility Knife, and Paring Knife SetWusthof Le Cordon Bleu Chef’s Knife, Utility Knife, and Paring Knife Set

The Wusthof Le Cordon Bleu cutlery was specially designed by the engineers at Wusthof in partnership with the head chefs at Le Cordon Bleu. This unique and specially designed kitchen cutlery is the official cutlery used at the world renowned academies.

These knives are perfectly balanced for effortless and precision cutting. One of the key features of these knives is that they are 30% lighter, compared to the Wusthof Classic knives. That has allowed the engineers to make the knife’s spine thinner allowing for effortless cutting. A specially designed bolster (at the base of the blade) allows cutting and sharpening along the entire edge of the base. The blade is honed to a 14 degree angle (conventional knives are 20 degrees), and is finished with a mirror polish to help reduce drag when cutting. The result is unbelievable sharpness without resistance.

This knife set is a great starter knife set, featuring the three workhorse kitchen knives every kitchen should have. These knives are also a perfect gift for someone who needs a lighter knife to work with in the kitchen.

There you have it! The top 10 most popular gifts, so far, this Holiday Season.

Remember, if you have any questions about the products or gifting potential feel free to ask! You can email us directly (CHEFSmix@chefscatalog.com). Or leave us a comment!

Your Turn:
What's been the best kitchen gift you have ever given or received? Let's help out the folks who are searching for the perfect gift for the cooks and bakers on their gift list. What did you get or give that made the holiday special?

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