Wayne’s Weekend: Kitchen Gadgets For Holiday Gifts

Check out this collection of new and interesting gadgets that are sure to make great gifts for the foodie in your life.

It’s holiday gift giving season again.  And, each year I try to find interesting food related gadgets that would make great gifts for those who love to cook.  Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, stylish designs, or countertop appliances, this collection covers a broad range of prices and uses.  You might even be tempted to treat yourself to a gift or two.

The Perfect Bake

The Perfect Bake system turns anybody into a master pastry chef.  Linked to your mobile device, it weighs each ingredient for accuracy and uses built-in timers to alert you when you’re done mixing, baking, or cooling. If you need to rescale a recipe, Perfect Bake does the math for you—whether you’re changing the size of your cake pan, the quantity of cookies you want to bake, or the amount of chocolate chips you have on hand. You can choose from hundreds of pastry chef tested recipes or create your own.  Forget measuring…just add ingredients.  The Perfect Bake can be found at Brookstone.

Hot Dog Slic’r
Around $10.00

This fun, dog-shaped kitchen gadget quickly creates safer, smaller hot dog pieces. It is designed to accommodate standard hot dogs, cold or cooked. Simply place a hot dog in the Slic’R and push down. It also features a bowl for your favorite dipping sauce. You can get more information on the company that supports inventors and products like The Hot Dog Slic’r at Trident Design and find purchasing information on Amazon.com.

RSVP Onion Goggles

If you’re always shedding tears over chopping onion, then the Onion Goggles might be just what you need.  These sturdy plastic goggles feature comfortable foam seal that protects eyes from onion vapors and have anti-fog lenses for maximum clarity.  You can get more information on the company that supports inventors and products like The Onion Goggles at Trident Design and find purchasing information at Amazon.com.

Farberware Food Huggers

Farberware Food Huggers are a set of four reusable silicone covers that help preserve the freshness of leftover fruits and vegetables. Just push the leftover half down into the closest sized hugger and save it in the fridge until you need it again. When the food is pushed down into the Food Hugger, the Food Hugger folds tightly (hugs) around the food and creates a seal to hold in the natural juices and prevent exposure to circulating air, which can cause food to spoil or dehydrate. Crafted from 100% FDA silicone, Food Huggers are 100% BPA and phthalate free.  Food Huggers are also dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.  You can find Farberware Food Huggers at Sur La Table.

Farberware Avocado Huggers

Farberware Avocado Huggers fit snugly over a half avocado to help keep it fresh longer.  Two sizes are included to help make sure you are prepared for avocados large and small.  Just slip the small end of your leftover avocado into the Avocado Hugger like you were putting on a slipper.  Then pull the rest of the Avocado Hugger up over the back so that the whole half is inside the Avocado Hugger.  Avocado Huggers come with a pit pocket that can be pushed in or out depending if the half you are saving is with pit, or pit free. You can find Farberware Avocado Huggers at Sur La Table

iDevices Kitchen Thermometer

The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer is a full-size bluetooth cooking thermometer that allows you to monitor temperatures from the iDevices connected app on your mobile phone or tablet.
With dual-probes you can monitor two temperatures simultaneously from another room.  And, with temps for certain foods preprogrammed into the app, you can simply select an item and your desired level of doneness and the Kitchen Thermometer does the rest.  It is available online at iDevices.

Savora Designer Kitchen Tools
$9.99 - $39.99, depending on the item

This elegant collection of kitchen tools was designed by Sid Ramnarace, a former designer for Ford Motor Company.  He and his team focused mainly on creating a line of culinary utensils that are functional, sleek, modern and ergonomic, delivering a high-quality experience with every use.  Ramnarace believes that cooking is an art and communicates the individual’s personality.  All Savora products are available in eight fashion-forward colors, including Snow, Noir, Crimson, Indigo, Passion, Raven, Citron and Persimmon. Savora products are available at Bloomingdales.

Toddy Wedge
used for my iPhone during the segment

Toddy Wedge is a hand-crafted stylish and essential companion for your electronics that both cleans and holds your mobile device. The bottom exterior is crafted with plush microfiber material to offer scratch-free cleaning without the need of harmful fluids and the top is engineered with microfiber silk that leaves your surfaces with that “out of package” look.  You can get more information at toddygear.com.

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