The first in the LowCarbKitty Holiday shopping list will focus on kitchen tool gifts that (in my opinion) are pretty much critical for any home cook, not just a low carb and/or gluten free cook!
Also check out our recommended kitchen appliance gift list (will open in a separate window)
I define kitchen gifts tools as implements and non-motorized tools that help with your cooking tasks but aren’t full on appliances.
Fishy Flipper I know what you are thinking. “I already have a spatula”. That is what I originally thought as well. But after having fish fillets break on me when trying to transfer them from the baking sheet to the dish, I finally broke down and bought a fish spatula (or fish turner or fillet flipper haha). I used a Williams Sonoma gift certificate from my amazing dad to buy it, so this was a kitchen tool gift I got last year. And I feel it really has made the difference. Keeps my fish fillets whole and is genuinely easier to work with fish either via a frying pan or baking sheet.>
Masher I actually don’t have one of these and it’s on my list because I know my family reads my blog, so this is in hopes that someone gets me a masher for the holidays. Every time I go to mash something and don’t feel like shoving everything in my beloved food processor or trying to mush it with a hand emulsifier, I wish I just had a plain, simple masher. This is perfect for mashing up rutabagas and turnips, our low carb substitute for potatoes. There you go, family. I dream big, as you can see.
Baking Sheets Another gift I was blessed with last year was a second baking sheet. I only had one, and honestly it was getting fairly inconvenient. Many bacon packages require two baking sheets to bake all at once. I use baking sheets several times a week, easy. Whether it’s roasting beets, bakin’ bacon, or baking fish, they are indispensable to a low carber kitchen. Here is my detailed post about baking pans.
Mini Cupcake Pan I’ve had a lot of fun making mini cupcakes, whether they are brownie bites or maple pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes. As whole food ingredients such as almond flour are a little pricier than the unhealthy alternatives, you can really stretch a recipe by making a ‘mini’ version, especially if taking them to parties. It also helps non-low carb friends have a small ‘sample size’ of your cooking to see if they like it or not. I have a 12 muffin size pan and it’s just NOT big enough. Get 24 serving one, or two 12-muffin pans so you can bake everything at the same time.
METAL tongs There is a reason I made metal in all caps; I’ve had plastic tongs melt on me while cooking. Whether it is sauteeing some greens, flipping bacon or frying something tasty, metal tongs are critical. Do not make the same mistake I did and only use plastic tongs. Keep those for cold salads.
Good set of knives – You need at least one good knife to cut veggies and meat. This was my first purchase and I use it almost daily. You hear it all the time about having a good knife/knife set. It’s true.
Cutting board – Get at least two – one for meat, one for veggies. I didn’t figure this out until later and I only had a cheap small one for over a year. I kept cutting veggies on it and running out of room and getting annoyed, and thinking “I really need to get a bigger cutting board”. Dad ALSO gave me a Macy’s gift card for Christmas last year (can you tell I’m a lucky girl?) so I went and bought a larger cutting board.
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Here are some links to other kitchen tools I’ve done reviews on that I adore:
I saw a fun cutting board at Costco. It was wooden and had colored plastic cutting boards that fit inside of it. Ikea also has a big and inexpensive wood cutting board. I use it to cover the countertops. I have a great mandolin too but it hardly ever gets used. Sometimes I think it would have been better to get a cheap plastic one.