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GIFT IDEA 5: A SET OF STAINLESS STEEL MIXING BOWLS

Get the set that comes in various sizes, much like a set of measuring spoons or cups.
Stainless steel is favored because it is non-porous and durable, meaning your friend can use the bowls to marinate meat or confit a duck, and then bang them around to get them nice and clean.

“What’s the big deal?  It’s just a bowl, right?”  Well, no.  Chefs mix everything: salsas, dressings, marinades; they whisk the holy heck out of egg whites to stiffen them up lightly for a souffle or to the point they actually form the peaks needed for a meringue. Whipped cream?  How do you think that got its name?

Stainless steel mixing bowls are a fantastic option for your friend, and they don’t take up much storage space because the bowls fit inside one another.   They can get a little pricey, though, but paying for quality now will give your chef friend years of complete satisfaction.

Plus there’s the fact that every time they use one, they’ll be thinking of you.

And there it is: five outstanding gift ideas for the home chef / cook that are not only extremely practical and sought after, but not too expensive.  It’s important to let that person buy their own fancy meats, cheeses, and knives; they’ve got that covered.

But these gift ideas are things they will constantly use, maybe even one day cooking you a delicious thank you dinner where they used all of them in its preparation.

And that will give you ultimate bragging rights.

This is the final part of a 5 part series.  Hope you enjoyed!

This was a guest post series by Nicholas Joseph of LearnfromMe, a writer over at elance.com.  You can also catch him here on The Examiner.  If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at contact (AT) simpleitaliancooking.com.