Buying gifts for everybody in your life at Christmas is an overwhelming business. Usually, most of us have too many people to buy for, and it can be easy to run out of ideas quite quickly. But you still want to give people gifts that they will really appreciate so thank goodness there are plenty of gift guides out there to help you out!
If you have a friend or family member who is a real foodie then you’re in luck, because foodies are some of the easier people to buy for! There are lots of options, from actual edible gifts and meals out to gadgets and kitchen accessories, so read on for our quick gift guide for the foodie in your life.
Some high-quality kitchen knives
Covering the basics in the kitchen is just as important as keeping up to date with all the exciting and fancy food trends that crop up, as the tools you use make all the difference to how quickly and easily you can whip up a meal.
Using kitchen knives that are of good quality will help you chop and dice food much more quickly and easily, as most people who think they hate making food may just find it frustrating to struggle to cut through a potato because their knife isn’t sharp enough.
A sharp blade made from a high-quality material will slice through meat and veg easily, and they are also much safer to use. A lot of people believe that using sharp knives is unsafe, but in actual fact because you need to use less force to cut and because the knife is less likely to slip you are actually far less likely to have an accident in the first place.
A sous vide machine
If you’re wondering what on earth a sous vide machine is, it is actually a much simpler device than it sounds like it would be. Sous vide is a French term which means to cook food under vacuum, and this cooking technique has been used in professional kitchens for decades.
In recent years it has become more and more popular with home cooks too due to the perfect results it delivers with very little effort. You essentially pop your food into a bag, vacuum all of the air out of it, and then pop it into a temperature controlled bath for a specific amount of time. The food then reaches the exact internal temperature of the water surrounding it, meaning it cannot overcook and your food is cooked evenly throughout.
If you know somebody who has always longed to cook the perfect medium-rare steak that is pink from edge to edge, or who hates it when they accidentally end up with mushy veg, then this may be the tool for them! You can pick up home sous vide machines from Sous Vide Tools.
Last but not least, if you really don’t have a clue what to get them, you can’t go far wrong with an apron! Anybody who regularly cooks or bakes could use a little protection for their outfits, particularly if they are entertaining guests so that they can save themselves the bother of having to rush off and get changed before sitting down to enjoy the meal they’ve just cooked!
An apron is practical for just about anybody, and even if you already have one, there’s no harm in having more than one… after all, you’ll need to wash them at some point! We love this Le Creuset Chef’s Apron from John Lewis!