Top 10 Gadgets to Gift-Let’s Shop!

How can a gadgets require a great deal of courage?

By giving one to the Accidental Locavore, or anyone else who cooks a lot.

We usually have what we like and can’t live without (and drawers full of rejects).

In the spirit of holiday-gift giving, here are my top 10 gadgets (including a new favorite cookbook).

You’d have to kill me before I’d let them out of my kitchen.

A lot of them are from GIR and although they’ve graciously sent them to me for review, I would go out and buy any one of them (or my new criteria–move them to France).

They come in a dozen colors, which will either make shopping easier or harder.

And yes, these gadgets bring me joy.

Top 10 Gadgets to Gift:

  1. Mini spatula from GIR. I use it at least once a day, generally more. You can find it hanging out in the dish drainer more often than in its handsome utensil holder my friend Ivan made for me.
  2. New ladle from GIR. This is a new item (but will be available for the holidays). It’s probably going to clear several lesser ladles from my house. That’s a good thing. It acts as a scraper while you ladling stuff so you can get every last drop out of the pot. Brilliant!accidental-locavore-gir-ladle-gadgets
  3. Waiting to test the spoonula coming out with the ladle from GIR. Will it remove spatulas and spoons? I dunno, the big spoon from them is another thoughtfully designed piece and much used.
  4. Also new, the bottle stoppers. Designed not to add any height to the bottles, you can stick them in the fridge without major reorganization. They’re cute and totally leak-proof (I kept trying). Something you don’t think you need till you’ve got them.accidental-locavore-gir-bottle-gadgets
  5. The reason I didn’t think I needed them was because we keep the undrunk wine (when there is some) in a carafe from ­­­­­Savino. It keeps the wine in good shape for about a week. The floaty thing stops the air from penetrating the wine.accidental-locavore-wine-gadget
  6. Silicone lids, also from GIR. Like the mini spatula, the round ones are in use almost every day. They act as a drain stopper when I want to thaw something or soak spinach. The bigger ones are lids for cooking, covering food in the fridge, or for heating something in the microwave.
  7. POURfect measuring spoons I initially mocked, but cannot live without! These may seem overly precious, but trust me you’ll toss all others that came before.Accidental Locavore Mary's Measuring Spoons
  8. Sous-vide machine, the slow cooker for the 21st One of the big advantages is that you can sous-vide when you have time and finish it off a couple of days later. My friend Zhu Zhu just made the most amazing caramelized carrots, starting them in the sous-vide machine first
  9. Fasta Pasta (life changing pasta cooker). Just trust me on this — it’s the best $15 you’ll spend.Accidental Locavore Fasta Pasta
  10. The cookbook? Made in India by Meera Sodha. My friend Rob recommended it and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since. It’s why I now make perfect basmati rice.

Happy Shopping! What looks most tempting to you?




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