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Every chef, whether a home baker or a professional, loves to own the latest in small kitchen appliances. And what better gift for the chef in your life, than a kitchen appliance that make cooking meals faster, easier and better with the latest technological advances.
I made all of our meals from scratch for years while I homeschooled, and getting top quality small appliances is a must for the family baker who wants to provide healthy homemade meals.
Regardless of their specialty, there are many small kitchen appliances available for that special baker in your life. But there are 5 specific types that any baker would love to own.
Most bakers are going to already have their own mixer, but an updated model of their favorite brand or even a different style could be just what they’ve been wanting this year.
- Hand mixer—the old-fashioned hand mixer is still a favorite with many because it is easy to pull out and use. They come in an array of colors, with different speeds, features and beater accessories. Match it to their kitchen décor for fun. Some even come with retractable cord to prevent tangles and clutter. The KitchenAid 9 Speed hand mixer is one of the most liked hand mixers on Amazon.
- Stand mixer—stand mixers provide unparalleled convenience, style and take the grunt out of mixing and stirring. Stand mixers come in beautiful colors ranging from white to blue to espresso, come with several attachments and used for kneading cookie and bread or pizza dough. Other attachments whip butter and cream, cream cheese, grind food, or make pasta and ice cream. Sized for home use, but not as big and bulky as a professional mixer, the stand mixer will stand up to heavy use making an endless supply of meals. Check out the KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixers on Amazon for your family baker. This mixer has over 3,000 reviews giving it a 4.5 star rating.
- Professional mixer—the professional baker needs a sturdy and durable mixer to withstand heavy abuse and that is designed to last a lifetime. These mixers have a bigger motor and bowl capacity. For those who bake every day the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series has proven performance.
Blenders come in different styles, functions and price ranges and always appreciated as a gift.
- Countertop blender—Countertop blenders are used for making smoothies, sauces, coconut milk, refried beans and crushing ice. Cheaper than a Vita Mix, but just as durable, check out the Ninja Master Prep Professional blender or the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender.
- Immersion blender (also called hand, wand or stick blender)—This is a nice hand mixer to use for small-scale kitchen blending, whipping, pureeing, or emulsifying. Use it for making smoothies and puree soups, make hummus, mayonnaise, fluffy whipped cream, salsa, baby food, salad dressings, dips and pesto. The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender has an ergonomic handle with a trigger operation and the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has a removable 8 inch blending arm with a soft grip handle. Either of these will handle the job of blending, crushing, chopping or whisking in your kitchen.
Food processors are a great kitchen tool during the prep stage of creating a delicious meal. Depending on what you’re making, a food processor can take the ingredients from preparation stage to completion. Food processors are what you need to slice, chop, and grate foods like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and meats like leftover turkey for a turkey salad.
If you are gifting your family chef and home baker with a food processor, find out what they already own and what style they have. Then choose a different one for them to use and enjoy.
- Wide mouth processors and feed tube style—The Cuisinart Prep 9 9-cup food processor is a nice compact and sturdy food processor that fits right on your countertop. And if you are looking for a professional model, the Breville Sous Chef food processor has a 16 cup large bowl for dry ingredients and 12 cups for liquid.
- Mini Food Processor—Perfect size for small jobs, a mini food processor can be tucked away in small spaces when not in use and pulled out for grinding seeds and dried berries or chopping fresh herbs, onions, mushrooms, nuts and veggies. Check out these 3-cup styles from Cuisinart—the Cuisinart DFP-3 Handy Prep and the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini Prep food processors.
Whenever you invest in a food processor, consider what it will be used it for. Some processors only chop and grate fruits, vegetables and cheese. Other processors are built for heavy-duty tasks like making dough.
If your favorite baker loves to make bread, then a bread machine will be a pleasure to own. The scent of bread baking filling a house is one that invokes pleasurable memories. A bread machine takes the hard work out of making that loaf of bread and can be programmed to have your bread done when you wake in the morning. Imagine waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread ready for you to eat before you head out the door. There are different models available to hold various sizes of dough. The Panasonic SD-YD250 has a yeast dispenser and makes 3 loaf sizes, while the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 makes 2-lb rectangular loaf size bread, and it is has two blades for thorough kneading.
What would bread making be like if you didn’t start with grinding the wheat or other grains yourself? If you make bread on a weekly basis or more, then investing in a bucket or bag of grain and grinding your own flour will be a healthier option. When I made our bread, we used a hand-crank style wheat grinder and I loved it, but it was a lot of work. I purchased it in case we had extended power outages and it made great flour. Plus, taking turns with the kids taught them the value of literally working for their food and where it comes from. Today, I would definitely get an electric mill and there are 2 on the market that everyone loves.
- The NutriMill Classic Grain Mill grinds non-oily grains with precision grain feed control. There’s no gumming, no jamming, no overheating and no hassle. This one has a 20 cup capacity.
- The WonderMill Grain Mill is a high speed, stainless steel mill that won’t overheat your flour. It has a 12 cup capacity and a convenient storage canister to store your flour.
So, there are the best small kitchen appliances to gift your home baker. From smoothies to homemade bread, you’ll be the one receiving when your baker is happy in the kitchen!
Looking for more gift ideas for bakers? Click here to read my post “Gift Ideas for Bakers–New Bakeware and Cookware Sets”.
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