The holidays are practically upon us. If you haven’t begun your holiday shopping, there is no time like the present. Get it? Present? OK, that joke stinks, but the gifts in this year’s holiday guide do anything but.
This year, AppleEats has decided to break its holiday gift suggestion list into two parts. Part 1, which you are currently reading, contains higher-end gifts — splurges for the special foodie in your life.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
You live in a New York apartment where space is at a premium. You’d like to give the aspiring pizza chef in your household a solution to homemade pies. The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo by Breville might be just the answer you’re looking for. It’s small enough to fit on a countertop but delivers a 750°F blast of heat — the kind of BTUs needed to give you a crust that’s airy at the center but nicely blistered along the edges. Best of all, your pizza is ready in two minutes!
Seven pre-sets (350◦F, Frozen, Pan, New York, Thin & Crispy, Wood Fired, 750◦F) plus a darkness control take the guesswork out of cooking.
You’ve probably read about the poor potato crop, which augurs a shortage of french fries. Akthough fry lovers (yo!) are unhappy about that development, it’s not forever. The Small Wonder Combi Wave 3-in-1, on the other hand, is. Part convection oven, part microwave, and part air fryer, this countertop appliance promises convenience for any food-related task.
A fourth-generation Power Smoothing Inverter guarantees that the microwave function cooks, reheats and defrosts food evenly throughout. The Combi Wave even lets you choose from pre-programmed combinations of cooking techniques (microwave, oven, grill).
Obviously, there is no one kitchen gadget this does everything, right? Think again. The Thermomix TM6 comes pretty close to being an all-in-one kitchen wonder. It is a slow cooker, a sous vide machine, a fermentation device (for making homemade yogurt, for example), a high-speed blender, and even a kettle for boiling water. With the high temperatures it is capable of generating, the Thermomix TM6 even caramelizes sugar.
All in all, the TM6 performs 20 culinary functions and techniques. Now if only one of them was paying for itself. This one comes with a pretty steep price tag: $1,499.00.