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The Best Kitchen Gifts for Newly Engaged Couples

by Bryce Gruber

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Even if you’ve already registered, we think you still have space on your list for the best kitchen gifts for newly engaged couples — chances are, you probably didn’t think of at least a few of them. We caught up with Claudia Sidoti, head chef and head of recipe development at HelloFresh, to get the scoop on the best kitchen gifts you’ll actually love using.

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1. Good quality blender or Vitamix: This small appliance comes in handy for everything from smoothies and pureeing soups and sauces to making pesto and salsas.

2. Cast iron skillet: The trick to a great steak is getting the perfect sear, and nothing does the trick better than a good hot cast iron skillet. Plus, if you care for them, they get better over time and last forever!

3. A set of good chef knives: Less accidents happen when you’re cutting and prepping vegetables or proteins when you have a good quality sharp knife. Additionally, you want to have the right knife for different kinds of prep. You don’t want to try to chop a bunch of veggies with a paring knife, nor use a serrated knife when prepping items like steak, chicken, or fish. Get a good set, care for them, and make sure you sharpen them regularly and they too should last a long time.

 

 

Victorinox Rosewood Knife Set available here

4. Salad SpinnerI use a salad spinner for all my leafy green veggies and even herbs. It helps wash and remove excess water from greens, so salad dressing sticks better!

5Large wooden salad bowl: Salads make a perfect addition to any meal and also make a delicious main dish as well, especially when the weather gets warmer Having a large wooden salad bowl with a good set of spoons is great because it gives you enough space for tossing and it instantly dresses up the presentation.

6. Mortar and Pestle: Once you get used to using a mortar and pestle, you’ll find you want to use it for more and more recipes. You can crush up herbs, garlic and spices, and make a delicious guacamole which is an easy go-to and crowd-favorite entertaining snack. You can serve right from the mortar for a more authentic presentation.

7. Good quality pepper mill and salt grinder: Freshly ground black pepper and a high-quality sea salt can add lots of flavor to dishes, particularly, salads, pastas and grilled meats. Having a good quality pepper mill or salt grinder is the easiest way to add a zip to just about anything.

8. Cuisinart: A Cuisinart is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who loves to cook. While there are other food processor brands on the market, I’m a loyal fan of Cuisinart because they are durable, easy to clean, have excellent customer service if you need a replacement part or really anything. From pie dough to veggie prep and so much more, a cuisinart is a kitchen life saver.

9. Cutting BoardHaving a good solid wood cutting board really gives your kitchen a chef-like feel, but is also handy to have on the counter at all times so you can prep fruit and veggies quickly. However, when handling meat or fish, I like using the plastic flexible type, so that you can carry them over the sink for easy clean up and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This Madeira Edge Grain Chop Block by Architec Products is a winner in the kitchen for both utility and style.

madeira chopping board
Madeira Chop Block from Architec Products

The brand also has a great line of EcoSmart PolyPaper Cutting Boards for under $15 each, and they’re great for messy poultry prepping.

10. Dutch Oven/Le CreusetI’m addicted to my Dutch Oven. I use it for everything from boiling water for pasta, to making soups, stews, and slow oven braises, but it’s also great for deep frying too. It retains heat well and can go from stove top to oven easily — plus they come in a variety of vibrant colors to jazz up your kitchen decor, and they last a lifetime.
Le Creuset round Dutch oven

11. Large roasting pan with rack for roasting;Nothing beats a Sunday roasted chicken, and having a solid roasting pan with a rack is the perfect tool to have in your kitchen. Of course, you’ll want to have one on hand if you’re the one hosting and roasting the Thanksgiving Turkey, but it’s also terrific for special occasion roasts like beef tenderloin and pork roasts.

12. Snack-enhancing gear. Love snacks? Great! Get one or two great pieces that enhance your snack culture together, whether it’s a great cheese board or a cute countertop popcorn machine like this one by Dash.

 

13. Great baking pans. You’ll use them time and time again, and some brands, like Chicago Metallic, are even making more trend-forward baking pans and other bakeware you’ll keep for the long haul.

Bronze cookie sheet by Chicago Metallic

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