What kitchen gadgets do you recommend as gifts

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I like to get dh kitchen gadgets - not electrical ones but things that help with cooking. Good ones in recent years have been:

Heavy ice cream scoop
Meat tenderiser
Recipe book holder
Sugar thermometer
Posh garlic crusher

Any ideas for others I could get him? What gadgets do you think are good?

Lakeland pineapple thing, gets the entire contents of a pineapple out no chopping, very little mess

I think we have one of those in cupboard never used from my parents

We use ours all the time!

WhatWouldLeoDo Fri 11-Nov-11 22:54:00

Blow torch?

Whereas we were given a blowtorch years ago and it only gets used when we've run out of matches to light the woodburner.

We got blowtorch for our wedding. It's still unused. Ooops

A really, really good potato peeler. We had one which peeled butternut squash and things with really hard skins no problems, unfortunately we lost it. I've tried to find a replacement but never got one quite as sharp or efficient. It was a present so I don't know where it came from. sad

PFOS, I have a really good potato peeler, which also peels butternut squash. 36p from ASDA blush

Ooh, we don't have a local asda but I might have to go and find one! I think our replacement is from morrison's and it's not the same. smile

PerAr6ua Fri 11-Nov-11 23:12:18

I treated myself to a wet and dry grinder from Lakeland a couple of weeks ago, as my old coffee grinder died.

So I unpacked it, washed it, ground some coffee - perfect.

Looked at the bunch of basil dying in the fridge. Toasted some pinenuts, chucked them in the grinder with the basil and some oil - bingo, fresh pesto for lunch.

DS wanted hummus for supper. QUarter of a tin of chickpeas, sesame oil, garlic, bingo.

I've never used a gadget so much... I've shocked myself... It's supposed to rust in the cupboard after the first day isn't it...?

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Nov-11 23:16:03

I am thinking of a blowtorch for DH and also a mezzaluna thing for doing herbs (we have a lot of rosemary)

PerAr6ua Fri 11-Nov-11 23:21:33

"I am thinking of a blowtorch for DH". hmm

SHould you be posting in Relationships Olivia? [concerned face]

Mezzaluna gets used a lot in our house. The Titan peeler from Lakeland is very good <<nurses finger tip>>.

Decent nutcrackers and a big bag of nuts?

DilysPrice Fri 11-Nov-11 23:32:18

Good Japanese knives.

4ForksSake Sat 12-Nov-11 08:14:18

a scrudle from lakeland, in fact get the lakeland catalogue & if you're like me, you could probably buy most of the shop smile

I really like this tin opener Mixed Reviews Though

I'm with Dilys, a good set of knives would be lovely present, but could be pricey.

LordOfTheFlies Sat 12-Nov-11 10:10:37


It is really unlucky to give someone knives as a present!!
Give them a gift voucher and tell them to buy their own knives!

Disclaimer: I am stupidly superstitious but I have no idea why the knives are bad.


I would add good serving spoons or really nice tea-spoons/coffee spoons (where do they go)
John Lewis have nice ones with a heart shaped bowl or ones with a twist at the top.

I'd love a blowtorch for creme brulee (burned myself on hot sugar until grill. Ouch)

DilysPrice Sat 12-Nov-11 10:12:38

It's not unlucky to give knives if the recipient gives a payment in return, a pound coin will do, or a kiss.

LordOfTheFlies Sat 12-Nov-11 10:21:07

Aaaahh. Actually my mum gave me some really good knives in self sharpening holders.
I thought she was trying to kill me off (but she's not superstitious at all).
I didn't give her anything in return though, they were a housewarming gift.

(I'll send her a pound) grin

Marne Sat 12-Nov-11 10:28:09

I'd like a blowtorch too (but would end up eating to many creme brulee smile

Would also like Knives like these

A pestle and Mortar?

double ended spatular ?

A good potato masher?

Nice Over cloves?

Taffeta Sat 12-Nov-11 10:33:58

Microplane grater. They are the dogs.

Potato ricer - no more lumpy mash.

These are my go-to kitchen gadgets of the last few years. Sort of thing you wonder how you did without before.

QOD Sat 12-Nov-11 10:46:36

apple peeler corer slicer. EVERYONE is obsessed with mine!

I have the one with suction pad on base though


LordOfTheFlies Sat 12-Nov-11 10:53:26

YY to microplane grater- they are flippin brilliant (but I haven't bought a guard, so mind the fingers)

And YY to potato ricer. I used to mash my spuds and pass through a sieve (too much time on my hands but I can't do lumps)

Silicone oven gloves- DH doesn't like them, he finds them slippery , but I love 'em

JML halogen mini oven. Great for cooking yorkie puds seperately, high temp and because it's glass, you can see them without opening the door.

SummerLightning Sat 12-Nov-11 11:05:59

We also use our wet and dry grinder all the time.

YY to potato ricer and microplane graters. I would choose a one piece metal ricer though, our Lakeland plastic one is good, but a bit fiddly to take apart and get clean and I always worry the arms are going to snap.

Silicone spatulas and tongs are brilliant.

StoneBaby Sat 12-Nov-11 12:33:05

A few suggestions:

A mandoline
A good heavy wooden chopping board
Pasta maker

WhatIsPi Sat 12-Nov-11 12:35:08

I want a new really good set of electronic scales and a new kitchen timer as I cant do without one and dd has just put it in the washing machine and it has gone through a hot wash grr.

I would also like a lovely big jam pan as I always borrow my friends - I realise this is not a gadget though grin

newmum953 Sat 12-Nov-11 12:35:10

LordOfTheFlies: Giving someone a knife is considered "severing the friendship". However, if you give a coin with the knife it counteracts the superstition.

CointreauVersial Sat 12-Nov-11 12:43:44

Posh oil bottle - you can get some nice stainless steel ones
Salad dressing shaker
Coffee maker (i.e. italian stove-top expresso maker)

Pasta making is a good pastime for a kitchen-savvy man and there are a wealth of gadgets associated with it (spaghetti dryers, extruders, ravioli trays....) which will keep you going for many Christmasses to come.

Earlybird Sat 12-Nov-11 12:49:03

Rice cooker
electric meat thermometer
new tea towels and oven mitts (not a 'gadget', but I'd wager most households would welcome fresh ones)
hand held 'wand' mixer (no idea what the proper name is)
panini press

Fwiw - most of my friends and family would find it hysterical that I am offering advice about anything in the kitchen! grin

EverSoLagom Sat 12-Nov-11 12:58:37

Last Christmas I got my OH a proper pan and a huge, super-thin spatula designed for making crepes.

WhatIsPi Sat 12-Nov-11 13:09:43

Ooh yes I would like one of those jugs that separates the oil and pan juices for gravy making.

sancerrre Sat 12-Nov-11 13:33:20

DH is getting a massive pepper mill, if I ever find one. It will make him feel manly while he's cooking.

rockinhippy Sat 12-Nov-11 13:51:29

one of those apple cutter/corer things,
good icecream scoop - surprised at how much we use ours, as it was only bought to tackle digging out a pumpkin.
hand blender

Ja9 Sat 12-Nov-11 13:56:24

Great thread! Wish youhad posted before i finished my xmas shopping though!

rockinhippy Sat 12-Nov-11 13:58:56

Oh & an electric Pepper Mill - I was bemused to find DH & a group of his hairy arsed mates discussing how much they covet those things grin - one heavily hinting for it as a wedding presentshock

If you don't have silicon oven gloves already GET SOME! They make me so happy [loser emoticon]

If you often eat pistachios or anything else with shells/stones this double dish is good.

trumpton Sat 12-Nov-11 14:56:02

Oi! Sancerre HERE !

Clarabumps Sat 12-Nov-11 16:40:49

i second the potato masher- i am always on a quest to find the perfect one..[ disappointed face]

WhatIsPi Sat 12-Nov-11 16:47:46

Love the mental image of a dh hovering over you in the manner of an Italian waiter with his oversized pepper mill.

HoneyPablo Sat 12-Nov-11 17:00:53

But kitchen utensils are not really proper Christmas presents, though, are they? Are they?
I would not appreciate anything kitchen related for a present. I remember when my dad bought my mum a micorwave for Xmas in the 80s. She loved it. I would never dream of giving DH a kitchen-related gift and he would not dare buy anything like that for me.

Gah, I looked at this thread for ideas for my present, and I already own it all.
I love kitchen stuff.

WhatIsPi Sat 12-Nov-11 17:13:02

I would love some expensive pan[s] for christmas honeypablo - I really cant justify buying them for myself.

Am also slightly coveting a new style deep fat fryer, saying to all and sundry that I would be doing tempura of all sorts when really I would be cooking chips morning noon and night...grin

Taffeta Sat 12-Nov-11 17:21:24

I want this

And this

And this


Taffeta Sat 12-Nov-11 17:22:45

Clarabumps- the perfect potato masher is a potato ricer. End of.

Honey - reminds me of my Dad. One year he bought my Mum a peg bag and some pegs to go with. She didn't speak to him for a week.

BrigitBigKnickers Sat 12-Nov-11 17:25:53

One of the best kitchen thingys I was given was a pizza pan- it has a holey plate that sits on top of a pan and does the same job as cooking the pizza on the oven shelf but without the drippy cheesy mess you get on the oven floor.

Electric carving knife is also very useful.

rhondajean Sat 12-Nov-11 17:29:07

I bought myself a fab hand whisk a few weeks back. You push up and down on the handle and it makes anything into foam pretty much.

Id have been delighted with it as a present too.

knitknack Sat 12-Nov-11 17:42:21

Taffeta - DS2 and I made the victoria sponge from that book today and it is the lightest, fluffiest, most delicious "victorian" (ds2) sponge any of us have ever eaten!

We've gone mad for cooking today - chocolate fudge, choc eclairs (ds1's cooking choice), vic. sponge, whiskey fudge and a chorizio and chickpea stew for dinner.

Phew... fun though smile

This thread is making me drool, by the way!

Are there any cooking books your DH likes? The little river cottage bread book is also excellent.... does he have a pizza stone?

I think our most used gadget, although tiny, are the Lakeland wooden tongs for extricating stuff from the toaster, toast from loaves that are a bit smaller than the usual size, (or breaks up in the toaster,) or for toasted teacakes, muffins, crumpets etc. We used to use a knife to fish it out beforehand, and I m sure I almost ended up with curly hair on a few occasions. These tongs are brill.

potato ricer is indeed a marvel. I was very hmm when I was given one as a present, but I take it all back.

If you're an omelette fan, the Lakeland pan is fab. I wonder do they do a bigger one for crepes that is equally miraculous? I love crepes (washed down with Brittany cider - yum yum!!)

Tagine? I wouldn\t use it enough, but I was talking to a friend the other day who went all misty-eyed about hers!

dementedma Sat 12-Nov-11 17:58:43

DD1 was a real foodie from an early age. She was only about 7 when she asked for a zester and a mortar and pestle for Christmas. Or a portar and mestle as she called it grin. Family laughed at us when we got her these things but this year for DD2s 18th birthday she made an 8 layer chocolate cake from scratch, covered with ganache, filled with caramel crunch and topped with a spun sugar cage.
Fab- u - lus!!

titferbrains Sat 12-Nov-11 18:10:36

Tiny hijack -does anyone have a good electric coffee grinder that does fine enough for espresso ?

StoneBaby Sat 12-Nov-11 18:28:33

I'm lurking on a potato ricer and may buy one, just waiting for the closing down sale of our local kitchen accessories shop blush

Taffeta Sat 12-Nov-11 18:43:45

grin @ "lurking on a potato ricer"

Is that legal?

I am liking the sound of the wooden tong toaster bits extricators.

tb Sat 12-Nov-11 18:59:35

I got a lovely little mini-mandoline from JL I think. It had a grating side and a slicing side, and is perfect for grating garlic and ginger.

LordOfTheFlies Sat 12-Nov-11 19:16:10

Wooden tongs- I got a pair from Lakeland-dirt cheap too- so that DS can make his own toast without electrocuting himself.

On my wish-list:
An ice maker (electric not a scabby ice tray)
A really nice , massive cutlery set at least ,oooh, 84 pieces.

Jcee Sat 12-Nov-11 19:20:42

YY to silicon oven gloves and apple corer/slicer thing

Apologies for mini hijack, but anyone got one of those electric rechargeable corkscrews? Are they any good? I suspect not but DH covets one

Want2bSupermum Sat 12-Nov-11 19:23:13

Gadgets that I use a lot are:

Microplane - get two, one fine and one regular. Don't get the one which is 1" wide as difficult to clean. The 3" wide ones are better.

Braun coffee grinder - black for coffee and red for spices.

Braun hand blender with attachments - the chopper is great for baby food, hummus, pesto etc and the stick is good for soups and milkshakes.

Knives - DH had global ones and I like them. I expanded the collection with Japanese ones from a kitchen supply shop (less than half the price of retail).

French wooden implements such as wooden spoons, tongs and spoonulas.

BerylStreep Sat 12-Nov-11 19:55:58

You must get a Stirr.

This is an amazing gadget - automatic pot stirrer, which honestly, until you have one, you will never realise you needed it so much.

Soups, sauces - anything which needs regular stirring.

(for those who already have one - you will know what I mean when I say it is also ahem the housewife's friend) wink

OriginalPoster Sat 12-Nov-11 20:57:36

Yoghurt maker Lakeland, not easi yo, the electric one. It is fab and only £20, saves a fortune in yoghurt.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 12-Nov-11 21:04:58

Joseph Joseph Index chopping boards

Uphillbothways thank you - the nut dish is brilliant

Mammonite Sat 12-Nov-11 21:20:50

joseph joseph things: double sided chopping board, fridge magnet spoon measure (brilliant).

titferbrains You want the Krups burr grinder. It is used daily in our house - and you will not get a better coffee anywhere in these isles.

<barricades door against caffeine-deficient MNers>

piebald Sat 12-Nov-11 22:09:46

To add to things you didnt realise you needed is a battery operated pepper grinder-its so good you can season with one hand and stir with the other

jennifersofia Sat 12-Nov-11 22:20:22

A really good bread knife is fantastic if you buy unsliced loaves. We have one by Sabatier bread knife that is really good.
This knife, which might look a little gimicky, is one of the most useful knives we have used - brilliant for picnics, travel etc., it is properly sharp, a good length and good for spreading (and easy to find in the grass!) picnic knife.
Also digital scales are super useful scales if he is into baking. Cast iron frying pan which can go from stove top to oven also great skillet. I could go on!

NotTheBlinkingGruffaloAgain Sat 12-Nov-11 23:25:05

banana holder wink

Oh, this is great, DP loves kitchen gadgets, so many gift ideas here (and quite a few that I'd like for myself too).

My suggestions are:
Potato ricer (seriously, I was dubious until I got mine, but wow. I adore it now).
Food mill (picked a great one up in Italy, but am sure they can be found in the kitchen dept of John Lewis / House of Fraser or similar). Great for lovely chunky soups.
Good knives - my sister's DP's Mum bought them an amazing set of Japanese knives last Christmas, I covet them.

KenDodds, I have been lusting after that index chopping board for aaaages. Actually went to Meadows and Byrne (which is kitchen heaven for me, and the nearest place that stocks them) recently to get one, and they were out of stock. Pfffft! My DCous has one, and every time I'm in her kitchen, I eye it like a hungry lion eyeing a wildebeest. Must drop many hints to DP grin.

JulesJules Sun 13-Nov-11 09:21:23

Well I would also recommend the potato ricer - I never mash potatoes any other way now.

I have a mezzaluna, which is very satisfying to use, but have just bought these herb scissors from Clas Ohlson which I'm stupidly happy about blush

Cast iron casserole - le Creuset or Sainsbo's (see Mumsnet swears by)

I want a jam pan and thermometer. And one of those fiendish looking apple peeler/corers. And an ice cream maker that doesn't have to go in the freezer... <strokes Lakeland catalogue>

TracyK Sun 13-Nov-11 10:46:11

www.firebox.com/product/1109/Voodoo-Knife-Block These are suprisingly good knives as well as being quirky and a talking point.

I also like the apple corer - you can also use it for coring cucumber and maing tiny circles of stuff??

I also got a www.firebox.com/product/2722/Cherry-Chomper which is also good - keeps your fingers getting cherry stained!

nocake Sun 13-Nov-11 11:19:53

For my last birthday my sister bought me a pair of fish pliers. Not only are they useful but they're beautifully made in stainless steel. A really lovely present.

nocake Sun 13-Nov-11 11:23:00

And the person asking about coffee grinders... the best ones are burr grinders, rather than ones with a chopping blade. You should also keep your coffee grinder for coffee as spices and garlic will leave flavours behind that will taint your coffee.

miserablemum Sun 13-Nov-11 12:26:58

I'm really really tempted to get DH this for Xmas or his b'day


I know he would completely love it forever......but its £££ so not sure I can justify it.....

miserablemum Sun 13-Nov-11 12:27:16

I wouldn't complain if someone got me this for Christmas

Taffeta Sun 13-Nov-11 15:14:43

I'd quite like this

<not even pretending there's a connection to food or gadgetry>


miserablemum Sun 13-Nov-11 16:51:07

grin grin grin

issynoko Sun 13-Nov-11 16:54:18

My brother got DH a meat mincer last Christmas. Fab - he likes cooking roasts and cottages pies and loves using up leftovers so just the ticket. And cottage pie with the minced up leftovers...yum.

<derails thread>

issynoko Sun 13-Nov-11 16:59:24

Also - I use the tweezers for getting pin bones out of fish ALL THE TIME. Also love grinding up stuff in the pestle and mortar - and the children like to get in on that too. Fab for blending own curry spices etc. DD got a hot choc frother in her stocking last year. She loves that. And small DD is rarely without her chef hat. Even for eating cereal (she's 3).

Mashed spuds DH's favourite food. Am also swayed by the ricer. Any particular one better? So it doesn't make the potato all gluey?

LaCiccolina Sun 13-Nov-11 18:01:55

The Screwpull wine cork pullers are fabulous. Open any cork with your little finger. Does that count as a kitchen gadget or a necessity?

Otherwise I actually like tea towels from Pintuck http://www.pintuck.co.uk/
Lovely and bright and cheerful for a damn dull job.

bumblingbovine Sun 13-Nov-11 18:15:08

Not exactly a gadget and I hesitate to suggest that you buy chopping boards for Christmas presents (not exactly romantic) but I absolutely love this. The chopping boards are stored neatly with little space talen up and they are lablled, meat, veg, cooked food, fish.


They are a bit small though and if your family is more than 4 people (we are only 3) then they may be too small. Some of the Amazon reviews say that they mark easily and they do but tbh they are stored away so that does not bother me at all.

<<has got a Lakeland order in her basket, oh dear this is going to be expensive>>

Wrigglebum Sun 13-Nov-11 19:35:39

Another vote for a potato ricer, mandolin, quality pestle and mortar and pizza stone.

I love my pizza stone and the pizzas come out so nicely, especially if you roll out the dough on a bit of polenta, gives it a nice crust. Must get making some pizzas again, means I can enjoy all those forbidden cheeses and deli meats now I'm pregnant as blasting them on the top of a pizza makes them safe grin. I also like cracking an egg on the top of it half way through cooking [runs off to wipe saliva from chin].

Yorky Sun 13-Nov-11 19:48:23

Giving knives as a gift is 'unlucky' as it will cut your friendship - when our next door neighbour bought me my first penknife I had to give him a penny for each blade (posh penknife so cost me 2p!)

Must dash before DH catches me looking at kitchen 'porn'grin

Mominatrix Sun 13-Nov-11 21:05:13

Microplane graters - genius
mini chopper
mezzaluna - great for slicing pizzas as well as herbs and nuts
knife sharpener

DownyEmerald Sun 13-Nov-11 21:09:46

Best thing I ever bought DP who is the kitchen person was a posh corkscrew "for a man or woman" said the bloke in the kitchen shop, and handed me this. I think - it was about 10 years ago.

Dead clever, turn the handle til it's all the way in, topple the little woggle thing, keep turning and the cork comes out. No levers, no pulling, no effort. Fab.

Rillyrillygoodlooking Mon 14-Nov-11 04:39:25

Potato ricers are brilliant brilliant things, no gluey potatoes and smooth as.

Also, the posh microplane graters are good.

I agree with the person who said about the good pancake pan. Although now I have heard about the fancy pancake spatula I want one!

A really good pair of tongs. Good grips are well named.

silverten Mon 14-Nov-11 09:00:52

Re: knives as gifts and pennies in return...

No amount of tokens to avoid 'cutting' friendship will make the slightest bit of difference if, having bought a posh knife amind much fuss and fanfare about getting exactly the right one (despite being told that anything small for chopping veg would be appreciated, or if that was a bother, Lakeland tokens would be lovely instead), you then insist on the whole family gather round to witness the cermonial unwrapping of said knife (the one I've already seen because you checked (twice) before wrapping it up) and then spend the next three days asking for pennies in return because 'it's so important when you give knives you know, mustn't cut the friendship'.

TBH I prefer not to get presents if they come with strings.

Anyway. Sorry.

My current favourite kitchen things are a set of nice silicon spatulas (Lakeland, I love you) in pretty colours which cheer me up, they are fab: work well, go in the dishwasher, and because there are three of them I never run out of them when I need one.

OxfordGold Mon 14-Nov-11 10:15:17

Microplane graters - fab blades but avoid plastic framed version, the plastic degrades and cracks, even when you lovingly hand wash only - happened a few times now <bitter>

Ricers make wonderful mash - not gluey at all.
Chopping boards - avoid the pretty ones, if your a serious cook go for the non slip, I got mine in homebase - pampered chef sells them to at 3 times the price, they are a joy to use - my Joseph Joseph chopping board never sees the light.

Knives are my desert island gadget - I even bring them on holiday but I wouldn't buy them as a gift, it's best to choose your own, the handle and blade size choosen will depend on your hand size and the way you like to work.

Dh often buys me pretty alessi gadgets for the kitchen.

What a great thread - I love a bit of kitchen porn.

BoffinMum Mon 14-Nov-11 11:46:20

Look in the front of the ElBulli bookbook "The Family Meal". Fab gadgets in there.

bridgeandbow Mon 14-Nov-11 11:48:44

No sure it had been mentioned but good grips make great veg peelers.

A little bit electronic, but I couldn't be without my meat thermometer(~£25 John Lewis). I was always paranoid - were the juices running clear etc. Worry free now!

Particularly good if doing lamb etc as you can get it to specific temp depending on how you like it - idiot proof!

This griddle is amazing - totally non stick (I just spray with 1cal spray) Fab for fat free pancakes fried eggs and the like - nothing sticks and no sides to get in your way. You can't seem to get these easily in the UK though, mine was bought for $40 in Macy's. Can you get someone to post??

pollymere Fri 02-Dec-11 23:58:27

Pampered Chef do a fantastic Mandoline and Microplane Grater (which has a sliding finger guard included)

How about a veggie wedger or a mango or pineapple one?

I am also addicted to stoneware, and silicone spatula scraper thingys.

jane122 Fri 05-Jul-13 17:23:29

You can get some great Personalised Kitchen Gifts from this website and also some quirky Kitchen Gadgets which I love.

Love these chopping boards - easy to pop in the dishwasher too....

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