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The perfect gifts for your favourite foodie | CTV Vancouver News |

The perfect gifts for your favourite foodie | CTV Vancouver News

Kitchen gadgets and appliances can make great gifts. But before you hit the stores, you may want to arm yourself with some ideas from the experts.

The hot gift this year is a gadget that replaces several appliances. The seven-in-one Instant Pot is a great option for someone who loves to cook as much as someone who just wants to make an easy one pot meal. Its seven functions can make large batches of yogurt, perfectly cooked brown rice, fall-off-the-bone slow-cooked meals and tender ribs. It costs $130.

Even the most basic chef will find the $280 Cuisinart Toaster Oven very easy to use. It offers a convection setting, comes with an extra rack and pizza stone and delivers whether you’re broiling or baking.

If your chef already has all the basics why not give something the pro’s use, a sous vide appliance.

“Sous vide cooking is a process where you vacuum seal foods and cook them in a hot water bath. It lets you cook through foods to a perfect internal temperature without over cooking them,” explained Paul Hope, the home editor of Consumer Reports, which tests hundreds of kitchen appliances each year.

The $250 Joule has an app, but must be controlled with your smartphone. The $149 Anova, on the other hand, can be controlled by your phone or operated manually by simply setting a temperature and pressing “go.”

“The sous vide appliances we tested had different features, but we liked the results from both as long as you follow the directions,” said Hope.

In addition to gadgets and appliances, Consumer Reports also tested dozens of pots and pans. It found the Cuisinart Castlite non-stick performed almost as well as cookware that cost twice as much. It is dishwasher-safe and oven-safe to 500 F, and can also be used with induction cooktops.

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