4 Incredible Gift Ideas for Cooking Enthusiasts

Lovely Cooking Supplies There’s a birthday, an anniversary or a holiday on the horizon, and you’re tired of getting your friend or loved one the same old thing every year. This time, give something that speaks to his or...

Lovely Cooking Supplies
Lovely Cooking Supplies

There’s a birthday, an anniversary or a holiday on the horizon, and you’re tired of getting your friend or loved one the same old thing every year. This time, give something that speaks to his or her passion — cooking. Whether a seasoned hand at whipping up incredible meals or a novice diving into the world of baking with a cookbook in hand, your loved one is sure to appreciate any of these incredible gifts.

A Dutch Oven

Lodge Red Dutch Oven
Lodge Red Dutch Oven

Not every home chef has a Dutch oven, but every chef should.  The Dutch oven is an investment in richer flavor and more flexibility when it comes to cooking. Equally at home on a stovetop, in an oven and over a campfire, the Dutch oven is typically made from cast iron, ceramic or clay and is perfect for slow cooking. Your loved one will make better stews, soups and roasts than ever; he or she might even get creative and bake a cake in it.

Casserole Dishes

A chef can never have too many casserole dishes. Casseroles aren’t the only thing baked in these glass and ceramic dishes; they’re also perfect for lasagna, breading and baked vegetables, to name a few. Casserole dishes are perfect for making leftovers incredible. Rather than reheating leftover food in a microwave and letting the food get all soggy, a chef can put together the leftovers with something extra and let it crisp in the oven in a casserole dish, like leftover noodles sprinkled with cheese and breading for baked mac and cheese.

Loaf Pans

If your loved one is a fan of sweets, you can’t go wrong with a loaf pan, especially since there are plenty of non-sweet dishes to make in one, like breads and even meatloaf. The more loaf pans a chef has, the better, since loaves make great gifts for multiple friends and family and can be cooked all at once.

Your Time

Just because your loved one enjoys cooking doesn’t mean he or she enjoys what comes after: the clean-up. The more elaborate the meal, the more dishes there are to clean up afterward. Give the gift of clean-up, whether for a specific meal or on a more frequent basis.

Doing the Dishes
Doing the Dishes

If your loved one doesn’t have a dishwasher, helping to wash the dishes by hand will prove an immense timesaver. Additionally, scraping and cleaning the pans, loading the dishwasher and putting the clean dishes away can prove a pain for someone who just spent hours cooking. Your loved one can unwind after eating while you tackle clean-up duty; you’ll most likely get invited to eat the meal, so it’s a win for you both.

On the next gift-giving occasion, don’t go for the mundane and typical: give the gift of easier cooking. Give your loved one a pot or pan and your time, and if you’re really looking to surprise her, provide an entire basket of cooking-enthusiast goodies, like ingredients she can use to cook. She’ll thank you for recognizing her passion and giving her a gift that allows her to embrace that passion even further.