Since the first wooden spoon allowed a cave man to stir his stew without burning his arm, humans have been on a quest to make shinier, faster and better kitchen gadgets. If you have a high-tech chef on your list this holiday season, take a look at these seven gadgets that are perfectly priced to fit almost any budget.
Salter Stainless Steel Electronic Scale ($100-$150)
Named the number one must-have gadget for home cooks in 2013, by Fox News, this kitchen scale will let you tackle recipes with new accuracy. Because most European recipes are written with weight measurements instead of volume measurements, this gadget is just what your high-tech chef needs to tackle recipes from all parts of the globe. The stainless steel design makes it the perfect addition to any modern kitchen.
Cuisinart SG-10 Spice and Nut Grinder ($60)
The innovation behind a spice grinder is not new, but this essential gadget is often sadly overlooked in favor of more novel items. By freshly grinding and toasting your spices instead of buying them already ground, you add incredible flavor and dimension to your dish. Although you can grind spices with a mortar and pestle, consider buying your high-tech chef a little electronic grinder like the Cuisinart.
Food Network App (Free)
Your high-tech chef is more likely to have an iPad propped up on his countertop than a cookbook, and the Food Network in the Kitchen app is just what he needs on his device. With recipes from all of the stars on the Food Network, this app also lets high-tech chefs store notes about which substitutions they like for each recipe they use. When it’s time to approach a new tactic, the app provides links to countless instruction videos, according to Food Network.com.
Magic Bullet ($60-$160)
Able to mince, dice and blend anything in a matter of seconds, the Magic Bullet is an express blender that shot to fame through infomercials. Its popularity means that it’s now stocked in stores like Macy’s where shoppers can choose between several different sizes of Magic Bullets at great prices, especially on Black Friday. Perfect for the chef who wants to make anything from icy summer cocktails to healthy green smoothies and flavorful pureed soups, the Magic Bullet is a must-have for the high-tech chef.
Jaccard Simply Better Pro 45 Meat Tenderizer ($20-30)
It’s time for your high-tech chef to put down his boring mallet and grab a Jaccard meat tenderizer. Perfect for even the most expensive cuts of meat, this meat tenderizer promises to make cheaper cuts of meat taste tender and flavorful. The 45 stainless steel blades on this tenderizer work with more accuracy than a mallet, and your meat will cook faster and absorb sauces better after a round with this tenderizer.
Omega Nutrition Center Juicer ($300-$430)
In most cases, your high-tech chef will want presents to make cooking and chopping faster, but the Omega juicer does just the opposite. By slowing squeezing fruit instead of quickly grinding it, this juicer preserves necessary nutrients and enzymes. The slow squeezing process also slows the effects of oxidation, which means that you can enjoy your juice for up to 72 hours after it has been made.
Robot Coupe Combination Processors: Bowl Cutter and Vegetable Prep ($400+)
In professional kitchens all over the world, food processors are all referred to as Robot Coupes, and now, the company whose brand is synonymous with the food processor has come out with a combination processor. The Robot Coupe combination processor can grate, slice, dice or julienne whatever your chef needs. Whether your high-tech chef is making a puree, a fruit compote or a batch of mayo, this is the gadget for the job.