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I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe that Christmas is only weeks away and the year 2019 is right around the corner!
For many, this is the busiest time of year. So much to get done! So many parties to attend! And so many gifts to buy!
Speaking of gifts…have you made out your gift list yet?
Do you know what you are buying for friends and family and do you know what you might like to add to your own wish list?
Give The Gift Of A Real Food Kitchen!
And maybe you have friends or family on that very same path.
Well what better time than right now to put some of those real food kitchen ducks in a row.
With the new year fast approaching, wouldn’t it be nice to start the year off right with a well equipped kitchen so you and your friends/family can eat real in 2019?!
So without further ado, let’s get to it. Here is a list of kitchen gift ideas that will make your 2019 real food adventure a breeze!
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2018 Christmas Gift/Wish List For The Real Food Kitchen
I think a good quality knife is one of the most important tools to have in your real food kitchen. You will be cutting, slicing, chopping, and dicing and a good quality, sharp knife will be your new best friend.
It’s very discouraging and even outright dangerous to cut, slice, chop, and dice with a dull knife. You can just feel the difference when you are working with the right tool.
And it really will make your time in the kitchen much smoother.
And to go with your new knife, what would be better than a brand new cutting board?
I think that cutting boards might be something we take for granted but they are very important. And I also think that yours might be looking a bit worn. So why not pair your new knife with a brand new cutting board?
I myself prefer wood to plastic. It just feels better when I’m cutting. And when cutting freshly cooked meat you will really appreciate having a juice groove. Let me tell you it’s not fun at all when you have meat juices flooding over your cutting board and onto your counter.
If you’ve been wanting to give stoneware a try now might be the perfect time.
- It’s excellent for baking.
- It’s similar to an iron skillet in that it develops a seasoning which helps to keep it non-stick.
- And it is known for heating well and evenly which is an important component when baking.
Good stoneware can be rather pricey, so if you want to try it I would suggest starting with this rectangular pizza stone. This is a great way to see if you like cooking on stoneware as it can be used for cookies and rolls or biscuits, as well as pizza. Be sure you choose lead free stoneware like the one above.
Another Update: Now we found yet another immersion blender that we decided to link to instead. We use it ourselves and love it! The best part of it is being able to remove the lower half of the blender so that it can easily be washed without having to worry about keeping the cord from getting wet.
Update: After further research, we found an immersion blender that beats what we had originally linked to. Although it’s more expensive, it’s better quality. In reading some of the reviews it seems like this tool can be expected to last about 4-5 years with daily use. This lifespan is probably a normal duration for this type of tool.
This tool will for sure make your life easier! This one is from KitchenAid.
When preparing healthy, real foods for your family, nothing quite beats a good creamy soup with a bone broth base. And nothing makes them easier to put together than an immersion blender. Trust me on this one.
Mine just bit the dust (after a good 10 year run) and since I haven’t replaced it yet I think twice about making creamy soups. And that is a sad thing. Of course they can be pureed in the blender or food processor but it is so much easier with an immersion blender!
This is a fun and practical addition to your real food kitchen. One thing I love to do with mine is to dry herbs. It never used to fail that I would buy a bunch of fresh herbs from the store, use a little bit, and the rest would go limp and yucky and end up in the trash.
But not anymore! Now I dry them in the dehydrator, bottle them, and they’re ready to go for the next recipe. And they really are noticeably fresher than dried herbs bought from the supermarket. 6.) Toaster Oven
How about a toaster oven? I think it’s the perfect addition to your real food kitchen.
We gave up using the microwave years ago. Well I take that back. Sometimes I store bread in there.
But back to cooking in one, I don’t think it’s a safe way to cook/heat up your food and I really just don’t like the way the food comes out when it’s cooked/heated in a microwave.
I love my toaster oven though!
- It also has a convection setting so it heats food up quicker.
- It’s perfect for baking smaller things.
- In the summer I can use an oven without heating up the whole house.
Crock pots are great too! Perfect for making your bone broths in, among other things.
I am careful however, with what I use my slow cooker for. Some foods just do not work in there and end up tasting terribly overcooked. But they are perfect for broths, soups, and slow cooking, tough cuts of meat. And they are a great way to cook boneless chicken thighs when you need shredded chicken for a recipe. 8.) Blender
A blender is a must if you are going to be making smoothies. And you really should be making smoothies. They are a great way to get fresh produce into your kids. 9.) Popcorn Popper
Popcorn is a great, natural, and affordable, real food snack for your kids, but it can easily turn from good to bad when you don’t pop it yourself.
Read the ingredients label on the microwaveable brands and you will find bad fats. Not to mention that you have to use the microwave. I much prefer to pop the kernels in coconut oil and use real butter and sea salt.
Now some will tell you that you can just pop it in a pan on the stove, but I’ve always found this to be a bit tricky and have almost started a fire doing it this way. I have also had trouble with the popcorn burning. Get yourself a good popcorn popper and you will have some of the best popcorn you’ve ever eaten. 10.) Air Fryer
Now last, but not least, is something I’ve added to my own Christmas wish list this year. An air fryer. I’m not to the point of recommending a brand yet, as I am still researching them, but I will keep you posted.
Whether trying to find some great gifts for the real foodies in your life, or just deciding what to put on your own Christmas wish list, we hope this post has given you some kitchen gift ideas.
We know how helpful it is to have the right tools on hand when preparing real food meals for the family. Sometimes it can mean the difference between cooking at home and going through the drive thru.
It’s also important to have yummy recipes on hand! Sign up for a free recipe eBook, 7 Mix and Match Meals, that has kid friendly, real food recipes the whole family will love!
What Do You Want For Your Kitchen This Christmas?
What about you? Which of these tools will you be adding to your Christmas list? And can you think of any others that aren’t on the list above? Please let us know in the comments!
If you would be thrilled to have one of these tools under the Christmas tree this year, let others know by sharing this post. That will make it easy for them to get you the perfect gift!
So don’t be shy. Tell your family and friends you want a real food kitchen for Christmas!