5 Kitchen Gifts that Will Survive Holidays to Come
Posted on December 1, 2011
This time of year, many people begin to think about holiday shopping. Even as budgets look slim and the economy has yet to impress anyone with a strong rebound, one important thing to keep in mind is that anyone receiving a gift still appreciates durable, quality items. This is especially true when it comes to commercial kitchen supplies, even ones you plan on using in your home. Kitchen supplies are put to use so often, it pays to have something you can rely on time and time again. Plus, every time the holidays roll around, you may be reminded of that really great gift that you gave (or received!) that has lasted throughout the years.
1. Cast Iron Skillet. Cast iron is known for its longevity and durability. Many people lovingly hang on to their heavy cast iron items that have been passed down through the generations. Cast iron’s rust resistance and heat conductivity make it perfect for a variety of uses, and it’s great for starting foods on the range and finishing them in the oven. With a little seasoning, a cast iron skillet will last for years to come.
2. Paring Knife. A paring knife is slightly smaller and less versatile than a chef knife or a santoku knife, but nonetheless makes a difference in the commercial kitchen or home kitchen. The short handle and blade allow users to deftly peel those pesky potatoes and apples that seem to pop up around the holiday season.
3. Dutch Oven or Casserole. Using a dutch oven in the kitchen can do wonders when it comes to slow cooking, braising and roasting. Copper casseroles are simply made to last, and usually look quite lovely when just resting on the range, too.
4. Gratin dish. When it comes to food presentation, not much beats the traditional yet timeless look of a gratin, or gratin dish. These shallow dishes come in metal or ceramic, usually, and can be pulled straight from boiling and browning in the oven to be cooled slightly and served on the table. They are hearty and attractive, just like the food most often cooked inside–and great for reheating leftovers in the oven, to boot.
5. Cake and pie server. How many times have you been to a birthday gathering where the host failed to produce a viable cake server? Butter knives and spatulas just don’t do the trick, and a good quality cake server will become a go-to item the baker in your life.