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The Most Useful Cookware Christmas Gifts

Cookware Christmas gifts are well received and here is my Christmas gift giving guide. I do a good job of stress testing cookware. I’ve discovered cookware that is durable and useful in the kitchen. I only recommend cookware as gifts that are functional or something I would use. The Christmas Gifts listed below is cookware or related kitchen items I use or recommend giving as a gift and the reason why I recommend it. As a cook, I love to receive cookware and give it as gifts. With Christmas around the corner, this is my “Christmas Gift-Giving Guide.” The prices from Amazon.com are always up to date.

My Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

1) Serving Platters

Christmas gifts - Clay Art PlatterWe eat with our eyes first. Any dish can whet the appetite when served on a nice platter. Pfaltzgraff and Fiesta serving platters make beautiful Christmas gifts that can make any dish look fantastic. I use them when taking pictures of my work for my Home Cooking Academy. There are many beautiful ways to present your masterful, or even ordinary, creations. Find serving platters here.  Here is another example:

Fiesta 9-5/8-Inch Oval Platter, Cobalt Fiesta 9-5/8-Inch Oval Platter, Cobalt
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2) NonStick Frying Pan Combos

All-Clad ComboNonstick frying pans wear out. Quickly. It’s always better to replace them before they get too many cuts or peeling. I prefer the 10″ and 12″ combo’s as they are more useful. Here is a quick listing of NonStick Frying Pan Combos.  Here is an All-Clad combo I use myself and am VERY happy with. Comes in 10″ and 12″ nonstick. VERY good quality.

 


 

3) Combo – Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet & CIA Masters Collection Wire Cooling Rack

Christmas gifts - NordicWare Baking SheetThis is a 2-item combo. Each are great, but when given as a gift together, the possibilities are endless. The Nordic Ware baking sheet is very durable. When friends see this they think it’s commercial grade. It is. I love it. The CIA Masters Collection cooling rack is also commercial strength and very strong.

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet and Big Sheet Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet and Big Sheet
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CIA 23304 Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel CIA 23304 Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel
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4) Lodge Color 6qt Dutch Oven

Lodge Color Dutch OvenLodge makes terrific enameled cast iron cookware rivaling the French Le Creuset or Staub and at significantly less money. A 6qt Dutch Oven is a versatile piece of cookware that can be used on top of the stove or in the oven. Lodge enameled cookware makes excellent Christmas gifts! They come in a variety of attractive colors and are a steal at these prices. The price varies depending on color. Pick from a variety of colors. HIGHLY reviewed!

Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Blue Enamel Dutch Oven (Blue) Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Blue Enamel Dutch Oven (Blue)
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5) Cast Iron Cookware

Cast Iron CookwareCast Iron cookware has been a fan favorite for generations, and nothing has changed. Even with all the new styles and nonstick formulations, cast iron cookware remains a fan favorite and very inexpensive. Whether you go native or the enameled variations, cast iron is always a favorite. Here is the full selection of cast iron cookware. Here is one of my favorite pieces:


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6) Le Creuset 1.5 quart Enamel Cast Iron Oval Baker

Le Creuset Oval BakerLe Creuset enamel cast iron is beautiful and functional. The rich color and even heating characteristics makes this 1.5 quart oval baker a go-to piece of cookware. Baking potato au gratin, warming left-overs, or cooking a small roast is easy with this oven to table cast iron oval baker. A perfect Christmas gift.

Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Signature Oval Baker, 1.5 quart, Cerise (Cherry Red) Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Signature Oval Baker, 1.5 quart, Cerise (Cherry Red)
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7) All-Clad Brushed Stainless Steel D5 10-pc Cookware Set

All-Clad D5 Cookware SetAll-Clad is the absolute best American stainless steel cookware manufacturer. If you need to get a gift for someone you know who likes to cook and is adventurous, this is a fantastic gift! This is the new D5 brushed stainless steel outside. It has 5 layers to evenly distribute heat. You not only need but also can’t beat stainless steel skillets for saute and deglazing sauces. I recommend folks who want a nonstick cookware set to also get a stainless steel skillet for sauteeing. The 10-piece set gives you all the necessary pieces. No, it is not cheap. If you want the best quality, look no further.

 


 

8) Scanpan CTX 12 ¾” Nonstick Eco-Friendly PFOA-Free Skillet

Scanpan CTX SkilletWhen it comes to healthy or eco-friendly cookware, I love Scanpan. While the surface still uses PTFE in the manufacturing process it is PFOA free and uses an environmentally friendly cast aluminum core. It is a very good nonstick surface given it does not have the PFOA’s. Best of all, it is also dishwasher safe. Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch PFOA Free Fry Pan.

Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan
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9) Emile Henry Flame Top Stewpot Dutch Oven

Emile Henry Dutch OvenI love Emile Henry Flame Top products. This is the only clay cookware that can be used on the stove top as well as in the stove since the old Cornflower Corningware cookware. It is pretty, useful, and the clay surrounds the food with a steady even heat that is great for braising or slow cooking. This Dutch Oven is very versatile and makes a great presentation from stove to table. Best of all, it looks like an enameled cast iron piece, but it doesn’t weigh a ton like cast iron! All Emile Henry products are wonderful. Here is the Emile Henry page.

Emile Henry Flame Round Stewpot Dutch Oven, 4.2 Quart, Burgundy Emile Henry Flame Round Stewpot Dutch Oven, 4.2 Quart, Burgundy
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10) J.A. Henckels International Definition Knife Set

Henckels Knife SetEvery home cook needs a good knife set. Sharp knives are safer. This Definition knife set includes 3″ Paring Knife, 5″ Serrated Utility Knife, 8″ Bread Knife, 5″ Hollow Edge Santoku, 8″ Chef’s Knife, 4x 4.5″ Steak Knife, 9″ Sharpening Steel, Kitchen Shears, and Hardwood Knife Block. This machined knife set is beautiful and perfectly functional.

J.A. Henckels International 19480-012 Definition Knife Block Set, 12-pc, Black J.A. Henckels International 19480-012 Definition Knife Block Set, 12-pc, Black
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11) Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12-Pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Cookware SetI love stainless steel for cooking. It is healthy, durable, easy to clean, and dishwasher safe. As I’ve stated before the best brand is All-Clad. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro is next on this list. As you see, All-Clad is premium quality and premium priced. For a near performance equivalent, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is unbeatable for performance and price. I use Cuisinart MultiClad Pro and love it. To complete the set I recommend the All-Clad nonstick skillets above or the Scanpan skillet to provide a very complete and dishwasher safe cookware set.

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
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12) Scanpan Classic 11-Piece Cookware Set

Scanpan ClassicFor the discerning cook who wants the best performance and style, Scanpan Classic is it. At around $500 it is not cheap, but it is a great value. The PFOA free nonstick interior is amazing. I use the Classic skillet myself and LOVE it. It works great on flat top stoves. The aluminum core surrounds the food with an even heat that makes cooking a joy. Check it out here:

Scanpan Classic 11-Piece Deluxe Cookware Set Scanpan Classic 11-Piece Deluxe Cookware Set
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5 Cookware Birthday Gift Ideas

Here are 5 cookware birthday gift ideas. Cookware makes excellent birthday gifts, especially for pots or pans we don’t want to invest in ourselves. Birthdays happen all throughout the year, so the birthday gift does not have to be seasonal. The cookware does need to match the cook. The most important attributes I suggest to take into consideration is whether or not the cookware needs to be dishwasher safe or healthy. The last thing anyone wants to do is give a gift that will not be used or enjoyed. So, make the best selection from what you know about the birthday person. Here are my cookware birthday gift ideas that ALWAYS make excellent birthday gifts.

Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

5 Cookware Birthday Gift Ideas

1) Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

Lodge CasserolesBeautiful and functional, enameled cast iron cookware is easy to clean and healthy. Usually not recommended for the dishwasher, these pieces make up for the hand washing with their colors and functionality. Braisers, roasting dishes, Dutch ovens, or frying skillets, these pieces are always handy. Able to take them from stove to tabletop is a great feature. Lodge, Staub, and Le Creuset make excellent selections. Get the best prices on enameled cast iron cookware at Amazon.com!

Lodge 3.6 Quart Enamel Cast Iron Casserole Dish with Lid (Carribbean Blue) Lodge 3.6 Quart Enamel Cast Iron Casserole Dish with Lid (Carribbean Blue)
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2) Quality Stainless Steel Skillets

All-Clad Stainless Steel D5 SkilletIf the birthday person is into cooking, they will enjoy a stainless steel skillet for sauteing. Nothing beats a quality stainless steel fry pan for the fond that makes great sauces. Healthy and dishwasher safe (this does not include the nonstick inside versions), these pans make excellent birthday gifts. All-Clad, Calphalon, and Cuisinart are my personal favorites. 

Cuisinart MCP22-30H MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper Cuisinart MCP22-30H MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
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3) A Large Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Skillet

Circulon Infinite SkilletsFragile foods like eggs and fish fillets on stainless steel skillets is an invitation to long clean-ups. So, a nonstick fry pan is needed. If the birthday person has worn out skillets where the nonstick surface is coming off, a new one will be a life saver. Today there are many choices for nonstick skillets that are also dishwasher safe. All-Clad, Anolon, Circulon, and Farberware all make excellent nonstick skillets. For the Dishwasher Safe variety, I think it’s hard to beat the quality of Scanpan, winner of my premier nonstick cookware award. 

Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan
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4) Healthy Eco-Friendly Cookware

Scanpan Classic FrypanIf the birthday person is into healthy living, Non-PFOA cookware is required. Today ceramic substances are getting more nonstick all the time, and manufacturers are offering chemical free additions to their product lines. While stainless steel is always a good choice here, some new additions also offer nonstick varieties. In my opinion, none are quite up to the old Teflon standards for non-stickyness, but come very close. The Cuisinart GreenGourmet and Scanpan product lines are my choice. I’ve been testing them and find them durable and pretty good on the nonstick surface. 

Cuisinart GGT22-30HCR GreenGourmet Tri-Ply Stainless 12-Inch Covered Skillet Cuisinart GGT22-30HCR GreenGourmet Tri-Ply Stainless 12-Inch Covered Skillet
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5) Clay Cookware from Emile Henry

Emile Henry Flame Top Dutch OvenClay cookware offers excellent heating capabilities, nice colors, and a unique gift that can make memories for a lifetime. My choice here is Emile Henry French clay pottery. They offer the new Flame Top product line that can be used on top as well as in the stove. A fondue set, tagine, of Dutch oven make excellent choices. Or, a dazzling pie dish or seafood themed appetizer dishes make a great impression. Whatever the selection, Emile Henry clay cookware is always a welcomed birthday gift. 

Emile Henry 614593 Flame Top 12-Inch Brazier Red Emile Henry 614593 Flame Top 12-Inch Brazier Red
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