It’s officially gift-giving season! Woohoo!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my gift guides for the food lover/home cook extraordinaire on your list. I’m calling these stocking stuffers, but in case stockings aren’t a part of your holiday celebrations, these can all double as small, thoughtful gifts for those who love to cook or for your favorite holiday host/hostess!
When I was running the cooking studio, we had a little boutique area where we sold products we used in all of our classes and I loved this time of year when folks would come in and ask my opinion on what their favorite cook would enjoy. I love to talk about cooking, cooking gadgets and products I love, so I’m excited to pass this on to all of you and hopefully make your shopping/wish list making a little easier. I also want to note that everything on my gift guides are products I personally own or have a lot of experience with.
So…here we go! My stocking stuffer picks!
Neilson-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste – You may have noticed pretty much all of my recipes for sweets call for vanilla bean paste. While you could technically replace the paste with high quality,pure vanilla extract, you won’t get the same amazing vanilla flavor you would if you used the “good stuff.”I love the smell of vanilla extract, but the taste is not so great. This stuff, on the other hand, tastes amazing! Seriously I’ve eaten it off the spoon on numerous occasions. Since vanilla bean paste is pretty much vanilla bean in a simple syrup, you get great vanilla taste and you can see all those lovely vanilla beans in whatever you put it in. Bonus! Also, you can’t beat the price since two vanilla beans will cost you at least the same price at the grocery store. Do you favorite baker a favor and get them a bottle of vanilla bean paste!
Note: when replacing extract with vanilla bean paste in a recipe, I add the same amount the recipe asks for (or sometimes a bit more since I love the stuff so stinking much!)
Microplane – One of my favorite kitchen utensils! I use the microplane for everything from zesting citrus to grating cheese. It’s the only grater I use because it’s sharp, easy to use and I won’t shred my finger or nail while using it. The microplane comes in a ton of gorgeous, vibrant colors which makes it easy to match every kitchen!
Orange Squeezer – This is such a great, durable gift for the friend or family member who loves to make cocktails. It’s heavy duty and makes squeezing a bunch of citrus a breeze. You don’t have to be a cocktail-maker to enjoy this gift. Even though it’s meant for oranges, you don’t exclusively have to use it for them – it also fits lemons and limes. Bonus is that it’s easy to clean and keeps those pesky seeds out of your food/drink.
Jacobsen Salt Flake Slide Tins (pack of 5) – I’m a HUGE Jacobsen Salt fan. I was lucky enough to visit Ben Jacobsen’s salt farm on the Oregon coast a few years back when I worked for Hipcooks and so I now I feel like a starstruck foodie when I see his salt in places like Williams-Sonoma. These salt tins are perfect for carrying around in your purse to add to just about anything when you’re at a restaurant. I love adding a last sprinkle of flake sea salt to steak, potatoes and desserts. The flakes don’t dissolve like a fine sea salt would and add a great bit of crunch and salty goodness flavor.
Jacobsen Salt Regalis White Truffle Salt – During my visit to Jacobsen’s, we purchased a few of his containers of flavored salts. By far, my favorite is the regalis white truffle salt. This stuff smells and tastes AMAZING. Seriously, when I opened my suitcase once I got back from Oregon everything had the lovely pungent smell of truffle (am I a total food nerd for loving that everything smelled?) I add this salt to everything from potatoes to popcorn. Truffle salt is such a great treat for any food lover and they will love you for giving it to them! Promise!
Silpat Non-Stick Baking Sheet – I never thought I’d like using Silpats until I actually used one. I was always the disposable parchment paper gal, but a Silpat makes anyone’s baking life super simple. No more burnt cookies and cleanup is a breeze! Double win!
Welp, there’s my first gift guide of the season! Check back next week when I share my favorites foodie gifts under $50. Until then, happy shopping!
Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned, but includes Amazon affiliate links for each product. Thank you for reading!