If a kitchen diva is on your gift-buying list, give the gift of healthy eating with these useful gadgets that make life simple.
Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle
A kettle on the stove seems so quaint, but realistically, a fast-paced lifestyle calls for something more efficient, and the Bodum Bistro Electric Kettle delivers. Fill it up, plug it in and turn it on. Within seconds, bubbles emerge, and in as little as a minute, you can have boiling-hot water. Perfect for a cup of tea or coffee, the kettle is also great for instant soups, oatmeal or anything else that calls for hot water in a hurry! The double-wall design protects from the high temperatures, and the inner layer is borosilicate glass, which, in layman’s terms, means that your water stays pure and chemical-free. And if you’re in such a hurry that you forget to turn it off, it’ll take care of that for you too!
Krups Coffee/Herb/Spice Grinder
Freshly ground coffee is one of life’s simplest pleasures, especially when you have the power of this Krups grinder working for you. And the fun doesn’t stop with coffee; grind up fresh herbs and spices, too, with a touch of the button. The super-sharp stainless-steel blades finely grind any and all of the above in record time. And if you prefer a more course coffee ground for your French-press, for instance, a few quick pulses will deliver the perfect cup.
Flex-It Mixing Bowls
Kitchen spills can put the damper on the joy of cooking, but the iSi flexible mixing bowls nip that problem in the bud. A gentle squeeze of the flexible silicone bowl makes directing its contents into another, more narrow space (think food processor chute or into a mixing bowl on a mixer stand) a breeze. The bowls, which come in 1-, 1.5- and 2-quart sizes, are microwave and dishwasher safe, and they nest inside each other for space-saving storage. Available in red, white and green.
Salad-to-Go from the Container Store
The Salad-to-Go is nutritionist-designed to make healthy eating easier, and we have to agree that it works! Place your salad in the BPA-free plastic container and snap on the air-tight, leak-proof lid. Then, fill the salad dressing container with an ample amount of your favorite dressing, drop it in the storage slot on top, and place the whole thing in the zip-up sleeve. Bonus features: The insulated sleeve keeps salads cold, and the container is microwave and dishwasher safe. The total package!
Chef’s Planet Clip and Drain
Draining the boiling water from a pot of cooked pasta can be sloppy. And rogue drops of hot water can smart. But the Chef’s Planet Clip and Drain makes dinner a winner again with its simplistic genius. Exactly as the name suggests, you clip the gadget onto your pot, and when it’s time to drain the water from whatever you’re boiling, you simply tilt the pot, pour the water into the sink and the food stays behind in the pot.
Babycakes Flip-Over Donut Maker
Donuts have gotten a bad wrap for long enough! Babycakes is giving the sweet treat a reputation makeover with the Flip-Over Donut Maker. Squirt your donut batter into the trays using the batter bottle, and four minutes later, you have seven fluffy, baked (not fried!), cake-style donuts for all! The rotation feature ensures that the batter reservoirs are equally filled and that you end up with perfectly round donuts, and the non-stick coating makes clean-up simple. Sweet!
Libre Tea Glass
Sipping tea conjures images of relaxing under a blanket with a good book, but truth be told, not all tea fans have leisure time on their agenda. The Libre Tea glass is the perfect solution for on-the-go tea, with two ways to steep loose-leaf tea. Add hot water to the glass and tea leaves to the stainless steel filter. Turn it over to steep and, when ready, remove the lid and filter together and sip away. Or, you can add leaves and boiling water directly to the glass and sip the tea through the filter. Either option makes on-the-go tea drinking fairly quick and easy. The container’s glass interior delivers fresh taste while the polycarbonate exterior ensures shatter-proof travel. Available in original and large sizes as well as a mug option.