Best gifts for cooks: Tech gadgets for kitchen nerds

If we have learned something from this pandemic, good food is good for the soul. This holiday season, indulge your inner foodie with some professional kitchen gadgets and tools so you can cook restaurant-quality meals in your own home.

Ultra-fast and super-accurate, built for professionals

If James Bond had a cooking thermometer with him, it would probably be the Thermapen MK4. Made in England, it is accurate to ± 0.4 ° C and provides readings within two to three seconds. It has an auto-lit backlit display, motion sensor for wake-up mode and IP67 rating so you can wash it under the tap. The battery life is 3,000 hours. If you’re grilling or wanting the perfect readout for your steak, this is the thermometer you get.

Cheaper option:

$ 99 at ThermoWorks

Exactly, wirelessly, for remote monitoring of your great meat cooks


The Meater Plus was developed for remote monitoring of your grilling and grilling projects using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Designed for gas grills, kettle style smokers and vertical smokers, you’ll never have to worry about exceeding internal meat temperatures again with its easy-to-use mobile app. In each probe, two temperature sensors can simultaneously monitor internal meat temperatures of up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and ambient / outside temperatures of up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit.

A guided cooking system walks you through every step of the cooking process to ensure perfect and consistent results. You can also set up custom alerts / notifications based on temperature and / or time.

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  • Meater Block ($ 269) for larger cooks like ribs, pork shoulders, and brisket, and contains four meater probes.

$ 99 on Amazon

Now in a smaller, cheaper and easier to store device


With the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano, immersion in Sous Vide is now cheaper than ever. The device, which can be attached to any large saucepan or container filled with water, circulates liquid around your vacuum-sealed proteins and vegetables at the exact temperature required for perfectly cooked meals, regardless of what’s on your menu. Use the Anova app to access thousands of free recipes and monitor your chef from your phone via bluetooth.

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$ 99 on Amazon

Do everything in one device


If you haven’t jumped on the computer controlled pressure cooker yet, what are you waiting for? The Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart with Air Fryer Lid combines the company’s most popular range with an air fryer lid attachment so you can do it all in one device.

$ 79 on Amazon

The ultimate kitchen workhorse for generations


The KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer ($ 289) is essential if you’re serious about home baking. The device comes with a 5 liter glass bowl with a handle that can be used to mix up to 9 dozen cookies in a single batch. With over 14 different attachments you can use to make anything from extruding fresh pasta to grinding meat burgers, vegetarian pasta and much more, this will be one of the most valuable tools in our kitchen arsenal for decades to come.

$ 289 on Amazon

The 2500 year old cooking technology that never goes out of style


Do you know the sourdough bread that you wanted to bake in quarantine? With Lodge’s pre-seasoned Dutch cast iron double oven, you can get the baking crust you’ve always dreamed of. The lid doubles as a cast iron pan so you can make the bacon cornbread for the Thanksgiving and BBQ seasons that everyone loves. Use it for searing, roasting, boiling, baking, grilling, braising, roasting, roasting or grilling in your oven, on the stove, on the grill or around the campfire. Everyone should have a cast iron set in their kitchen no matter what type of cooking they do.

$ 50 on Amazon

High performance toaster broiler with a digital brain


Breville BOV845BKS Smart Oven Pro is not a toaster. It also includes a fan oven so you can cook your food evenly. It has 10 pre-set cooking functions: Toast six slices, bagels, baking, roasting, roasting, pizza, cookies, warming up, warm, slow cooking with 1800 watts of worktop power, so that your meals get to the table faster. The Element IQ digital controller intelligently transfers heat to five quartz elements to achieve precise and stable heat, exactly where and when you want, for perfect results every time.

Interesting, cheaper and stowable alternative:

$ 279 on Amazon

A combi oven for thousands of dollars less


Anova Precision Oven is a technological tour de force that enables restaurant-quality combi-oven cooking right at your home for thousands of dollars less than the systems used by four-star restaurants to achieve the same results. The system uses a combination of steam from a water reservoir and a computer controlled oven with a multi-stage cooking process (preheat, core cook / sous vide, crisp) to achieve even browning, perfectly cooked and juicy meat for cooking sous vide without a water bath and several Pans.

$ 599 at Anova

Cook pizza like a pro


If you want to prepare pizza like a pro, the Ooni Koda 16 is the place for you. Plug it into a gas propane bottle for epic 16-inch pizzas and delicious flame-cooked steaks, fish and vegetables. Ooni Koda 16 combines stunning design with the convenience of gas cooking and features a wide opening, a large cordierite stone baking board and an innovative L-shaped flame. Turn on the instant gas ignition and you will be ready to cook in 20 minutes. Ooni Koda 16 reaches up to 500 degrees Celsius – the scorching heat that is required to cook the perfect Neapolitan pizza in 60 seconds, baked in stone.

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$ 499 at Williams Sonoma

For the ultimate margarita


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The Elevated Craft Shaker is exactly what you need if you want to make professional-style cocktails but don’t want your hands to freeze, nasty condensation on your counter and get rid of old-fashioned, leaky shakers. With an integrated measuring cup and a sieve, you can use the large container to prepare several drinks at the same time. With its insulated stainless steel construction, it will be the last shaker you will ever buy.

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Daiquiris, crushing ice, smoothies and soups galore


The Vitamix 5200 is the ultimate professional-quality blender with laser-cut stainless steel hammermills and 3-inch diameter cutting blades to ensure an even mix every time. The variable speed, 2 horsepower peak power electric motor does and pulverizes large amounts of ice, fruit, vegetables, and anything you throw in the 64-ounce fixing jar, down to the smallest seeds. The blades in the Vitamix jar reach speeds fast enough to generate frictional heat, turning cold ingredients to steamy hot in about six minutes. A radial fan and a thermal protection system prevent the motor from overheating. Made in the USA with a 7 year warranty.

$ 449 on Amazon

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