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 December 2, 2014  Posted by  Expired

As an avid cook who feels at home in the kitchen, I’m familiar with lots of kitchen tools and gadgets. This list of affordable kitchen gifts will make life easier for the home chef on your holiday list.  I own most of these items myself and use them often enough to know that they’re worth the space in my cupboard or pantry; I’d certainly be eager to replace them if something happened to them. These all ship free from Amazon with purchases of more than $25.

  • Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: $18.97
    We use our cast iron skillets frequently, and Lodge is a great American brand. These come pre-seasoned, so less food will stick from the start and they will become even more non-stick with regular use.  Cast iron pans are nearly indestructible with proper care and can last for decades.  If you’re only cooking for one or two people, the 10-inch skillet may be a better option and is less expensive.  Note: These pans are heavy, so if your recipient has strength limitations, these may not be a great option.  Also, it’s important to know that cast-iron skillets cannot be used on glass cooktops.
  • Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet with Lid: $16.99
    A thick and sturdy baking pan can take your cookies or bars from awful to awesome.  This baking sheet is the No. 1 seller on Amazon, and it comes with a lid.
  • Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit: $13.49
    Many folks are going back to basics and learning to live more self-sufficiently for financial and environmental reasons. Canning is back in style again and this kit will help the recipient get started.  Include a canning cook book or some canning jars for a more complete gift.
  • Under Shelf Wrap Rack in white from Organize It All: $11.74
    I’ve ordered several of these racks for pantry organization of foil and other small items.  This is a great gift for the neat freak on your list.
  • T-fal E9380864 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator 12.5-Inch Fry Pan/Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, Black: $24.20
    This nonstick pan was rated the highest by Cook’s Illustrated and has excellent reviews for its easy care and safety. It’s light and affordable and can help people cook with less fat without food sticking.  Nonstick pans need to be replaced every few years because they get scratched easily, so anyone who has been using non-stick pans for a few years could probably use a replacement. Pair this pan with a silicone or plastic spatula to help the cook keep the new pan free from scratches.
  • World Cuisine Silicone Nonstick 16-3/8-by-11-5/8-Inch Baking Mat: $16.42
    I’ve been baking on silicone mats for years and I’ll never go back. Nothing sticks and it helps prevent cookies from burning on metal pans.  The mats are easy to clean and will last for years. These can be used in place of parchment paper or foil in your pans, so you’ll create less waste, too.
  • Norpro Mandoline Slicer Grater with Guard: $18.57
    Mandoline slicers are a great gift for people who like to cook but don’t have excellent knife skills. Slicers help create equal and uniform pieces more quickly than using a knife.  This one has excellent ratings and is collapsible to save space.
  • Epica Accupro Digital Kitchen Scale 11 lbs Capacity, Electronic Food Scale -$14.95
    Kitchen scales are very versatile and can be useful for portion control, baking or even weighing small packages to mail.  We use one daily to weigh our dog’s food to help her maintain a healthy weight
  • Rubbermaid 42-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set– $19.99
    Perfect for someone who loves neatness and organization in the kitchen, the lids to these storage containers snap on the bases, or to each other.  No digging for the matching lid among several brands of cheap plastic containers.  These containers are microwaveable, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free.
  • Hostess Gift: Harney & Sons Fine Teas Hot Cinnamon Spice, 50 Tea bags: $11.60
    This tea is my absolute favorite wintertime tea. It’s like Christmas in a mug, but isn’t too overwhelming.

Slight Splurge

World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: $31.59

 This item is more than $25, but I wanted to include it because I love it so much. I received one as a gift a few years ago and have since made many batches of curly fries, sweet potato fries, zucchini pasta and apple strings. It’s easy to use and easy to clean, and makes a great gift for the creative chef on your list.

Note: Amazon prices may fluctuate.

Val McCauley

Val McCauley was drawn to writing about Living on the Cheap after moving to Columbus from her small hometown after college. She realized that there were a ton of events and activities going on around the city, but there wasn't a website that made it easy to find out about these things. Her love of travel and desire to get out of debt after college cemented the need to live on less while still having fun. Over the last several years, she has paid off all of her debt and still has fun. In her free time, she loves to workout, play sports, and cook gluten-free meals. Val is the owner and operator of Columbus on the Cheap and That’s What We Did.

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