For many foodies, the only thing more exciting than discovering a great new restaurant is getting to flex their own culinary muscles in the kitchen. That means having an arsenal of pots, pans and kitchen tools to tackle any recipe that comes their way.
With the holidays right around the corner, we've rounded up the must-have kitchen gadgets that are sure to impress your favorite home chef. Who knows, you might even reap the benefits and score a dinner invitation.
Bear Paws Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
For the grill master in your life, look no further than the Bear Paws Pulled Pork Shredder Claws. Voted by BestProducts.com as one of the "35 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets You'll Actually Want to Use" these Wolverine-style claws are as convenient as they are fierce-looking. Use them for pulling pork, shredding chicken, lifting turkeys or even tossing salads. And at just $13, you can't really beat the price.
But if you needed any more convincing, the Bear Paws have been approved by America's Test Kitchen, as well as appeared on T.V. shows like BBQ Pitmasters and Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. (Amazon, $13)
Cook Joy Gyoza Maker
Know a foodie with a soft spot for Chinese? Also among BestProducts.com's list of "35 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets," the Cook Joy Gyoza Maker might be the gift they never knew they needed.
Quality dumplings aren't easy to come by. Takeout options can be soggy, but making them at home by hand can be totally tedious and time-consuming. The Cook Joy Gyoza Maker takes the hassle out of making homemade dumplings. Simply place the skins on the rollers, add filling and turn the crank. It's fun, easy and a delicious departure from traditional Chinese takeout. Plus, it comes with a second roller for making wontons. Yes, please! (Fancy.com, $55)
Lavatools Bluetooth Thermometer
Impress the tech-savvy baker in your life with the Lavatools Bluetooth Thermometer, ranked by Reviewed.com among the "Top 10 Smart Kitchen Gadgets That Will Help You Bake the Tastiest Treats."Not all ovens are created equal and this handy little tool will help make sure yours is at optimal temperature, even sending real-time updates to your phone. (Amazon, $40)