Three Inexpensive and Fun Kitchen Gadget

There are plenty of inexpensive fun gadgets for the kitchen which fit the criteria of useful and a bit funky, gifts that will be used with real pleasure by the recipient potentially for years, and truly you don’t need to spend a fortune to give a lot of pleasure to someone you love.

One great gift that I was given myself and have now given to other friend’s, is a sushi making kit. Having avoided sushi because of the raw fish element, getting the kit was an eye opener – raw fish is not an essential requirement and there are loads of delicious vegetarian or cooked chicken options available, making this a lovely tasty and healthy meal.

This is a fantastic present for people who like entertaining others and sushi makes a talking point too. The kit from Sushi Chef contains everything you need to make a great Japanese meal for 12 people, except the fresh ingredients for the filling.

Preparing the sushi rice is the only time-consuming part of sushi and on balance more difficult than making up the sushi rolls, however, using a rolling mat for sushi is not my favored method and cleaning the mat afterwards is a pain – there are plenty of very good inexpensive rolling machines so you can take care of that part by including one with the kit.

Go To Work On An Egg

If sushi kits don’t grab you as a suitable gift, what about a ceramic pot omelet maker from Joie? Very popular with nurses and teachers – anyone on the go with access to a microwave, these pretty and efficient pots are perfect for anyone wishing to make a hot nourishing lunch or snack.

You add beaten eggs and any other additions like cheese, herbs or chopped peppers, anything that you fancy – then pop into the microwave. No plastic taste, no mess, just yummy fluffy omelets in 2 minutes, ready either turn out onto a plate or eat straight from the pot – less washing up!

Make War On Wedges

If any friends and relatives regularly bake their own bread, then there are several gift opportunities connected to their passion for baking including the one gadget that all home bread bakers need – a bread slicing guide.

My first one was bought at an auction about twenty years ago. Already very old and probably handmade by a gifted carpenter in the 1950’s, it worked like a charm – until an unfortunate encounter with a very modern dishwasher! More recently after trialing yet another which doesn’t quite cut it (sorry), I bought the Bread Pal Bread Slicer and two more as Christmas gifts after using it once!

Bread guides vary a lot in the method they use and speaking frankly and from bitter experience, not all of them work. The reason Bread Pal is highlighted is twofold. Firstly the sheer number of reviews on it is huge for a little product like this and secondly, it works – unlike others purchased prior to finding the Bread Pal.

The first simply collapsed in bits, sawn clean through by the bread knife! The second looks good and was expensive, but slips around on the work top to the extent you just know sooner or later, there’s going to be a hurried and painful visit to the ER.

When you bake your own bread, losing half the loaf because it’s too wedge-shaped to cut anymore is frustrating and wasteful, being given a gift that puts an end to this shows a thoughtful and observant friend. Should you be thinking this is a mundane sort of gift, you clearly don’t bake or try to cut fresh bread!

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