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 Guyot Design Squishy BowlsHit me with your best shot! You don’t have to worry about these shot cups breaking! Great for outdoors—and friends who are too fun-loving. From Guyot Designs Inc. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.
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December 2009

Marketplace / Gift-Finder

Best Kitchen Gifts Under $35

Favorite Cooking Gifts & Gadgets Of 2009

 

Of the hundreds of housewares we try each year, these items impressed us so much that we added them to our already-overflowing NIBBLE kitchen. Affordable to you, they’ll delight recipients without breaking the bank. If you want to spend a little extra dough, check out our Kitchen Gifts Over $40 page or our Best Housewares Gifts 2008 page for additional gift-giving ideas.

Products shown in alphabetical order. Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change.

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CaliBowls: Drip-Free Bowls For Eating, Mixing & Serving


These may look like just another set of colorful bowls (they’re available in six colors). But look closely—there’s a patent-pending lip situated at an angle that pitches the food onto your utensil, cracker or chip, thwarting any spillage or overflows. It also prevents anything you’re preparing from spilling over the edge. Whether you’re feeding kids, serving dips, whisking or whipping, here’s a real solution to the problem of the contents dripping over the side of the bowl and onto your counter or table top. They’re microwaveable and dishwasher-safe. We love them!

  • CaliBowls
    Multi-packs in different sizes and colors
    From $24.99

Buy online at CaliBowl.com

 

CaliBowlsOur lips are sealed: Nothing drips over the
lips of CaliBowls. Photo by Hannah
Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

   

Guyot Designs: Travel Shot Cups


Sometimes, at the end of a long, celebratory evening, we want to contemplate the stars with a Cognac or other distilled pleasure. But we don’t want to put our good glasses at risk: We’ve knocked over our fair share over the years. When we saw unbreakable shot glasses, part of Guyot Designs’ Squishy Bowl series, we knew they were a valuable addition to our partyware. Made of food grade silicone, they are odorless and don’t alter the flavor of the spirit.

  • Guyot Design Travel Shot Set For Two
    $7.95

Buy Guyot Designs at specialty sports and outdoors retailers, including:

  • DicksSportingGoods.com
  • EMS.com
  • REI.com

www.GuyotDesigns.com

  Guyot Design Squishy Bowls
Hit me with your best shot! Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.
   

Metrokane: Rabbit Aerating Pourer


We’ve tried a variety of aerators for wine—they open up a young or tight wine and release the flavors and aromas. This is the easiest and most effective solution we’ve tried. You don’t need to manage a separate unit or have a decanter. The Rabbit Aerating Pourer snaps into the top of the wine bottle like a conventional pour spout and aerates the wine as you pour it into the glass. Made by the folks who created the Rabbit Corkscrew, we give it a thumbs up.

  • Metrokane Rabbit Aerating Pourer
    $29.77

Purchase at Amazon.com
(Free Super Saver Shipping)

See video at Metrokane.com

  Metrokane Rabbit Wine Aerator
Wine tastes better instantly. Photo courtesy Metrokane.
   

Pyrex: Magnetized Measuring Cups & Spoons


We’re avid environmentalists; we don’t upgrade anything—no matter how nifty—if it means throwing away something perfectly good or, worse, shoving it in the back of the drawer. But when we tested these magnetized measuring cups and spoons from Pyrex, we became instant converts: They’re the best we’ve seen. They’re nested for compact storage, and the magnets keep them firmly in place, one on top of the other. The pointed tips make it easy to scoop and pour. The white handle markers make it easy to see the sizes. They couldn’t be more user-friendly. Our other three sets found a home with a colleague who teaches cooking classes for kids.

  • Pyrex Measuring Spoons
    Set Of Five
    $7.99
  • Pyrex Measuring Cups
    Set Of Four
    Sale price: $4.99 (Regularly $9.99)

Buy online at PyrexWare.com

 

PyrexWe’re stuck on you! We’re showing the magnetic properties, but the cups and spoons all nest on top of each other in a very
compact formation. Photo by Evan Dempsey| THE NIBBLE.

   

Sharpshooter Battery Mill:
Salt Mill & Pepper Mill


Here are great everyday pepper and sea salt mills that are battery operated and work by gravity. There’s no button to push; just turn the mills upside down and they grind. We liked them so much, we replaced the classic turn-to-grind salt and pepper grinders on THE NIBBLE’s lunch table with them. Easy to fill and with an adjustable grind, they’re enrobed in soft silicone and are easy to clean. They’re fun to use; family and guests will enjoy seasoning their food. In black and red.

  • Sharpshooter Battery Mill
    $35.00 Each

Buy online at WMBoundsLtd.com

 

Sharpshooter Battery MillSeasoning food is fun as well as efficient.
Photo courtesy William Bounds.

   

WowBacon: Microwave Bacon Cooker


The things we dislike about cooking bacon: how it infuses the house with fried bacon smell, how it spatters grease all over the stove and how unwieldy it is to pour off the bacon grease. That’s why our favorite inexpensive kitchen gadget of the year award goes to WowBacon. It produces very crisp bacon in the microwave and keeps most of the odor inside the microwave (and it’s a tiny fraction of the aroma generated on the stovetop). All the bacon fat drips down to the bottom of the container, where it’s easy to pour off. The cooker pieces go into the dishwasher. The only limitation is that each three-minute cooking cycle produces just 6 pieces of bacon. The solution: We purchased two units!

  • WowBacon Microwave Bacon Cooker
    $19.95

Buy online at WowBacon.com

 

WowBaconEasy bacon! Photo courtesy WowBacon.

     


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