Best Gifts Under $50 for Foodies 2012

friendseat best gifts foodies under50dollars Best Gifts Under $50 for Foodies 2012

Vic Firth Pump & Grind Salt and Pepper Grinders Le Creuset Stoneware Square Dish Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit Abbeyhorn-Game Of Thrones Horn Beaker Mug Lodge LCC3 Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker Whisky Sea Stones On The Rocks, With Set of 2 Tumblers Toastess Cordless Glass Kettle Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit, Everyday IPA Back to the Roots Mushroom Growing Kit Image Map

Vic Firth Pump & Grind Salt and Pepper Grinders

These are the sexiest salt and pepper grinders I’ve seen. They currently sit atop my dining room table and get usage every day. The pump is easy to operate for perfectly ground spices (you can grind coarse or fine). The clear center allows you to see when you’re running low and need to fill up. Besides, they have a lifetime guarantee.

Le Creuset Stoneware Square Dish

Le Creuset stoneware 9-1/4 inch square baker is versatile so you can use it for almost any baking, broiling, or roasting job. Since it is enamel coated, the dish won’t absorb moisture or odors and won’t chip, or stain. It can go into an over heated to 500 F and can go into your freezer, microwave AND dishwasher.  Get the red, it’s the prettiest color.

Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

This Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit has everything you need to make sushi at home including vinegars, Nori (toasted seaweed), soy sauce, ginger, wasabi, and sushi rice. The kit also includes a bamboo rolling mat, rice paddle, and a  recipe book. The book tells the history of sushi, has step by step instructions, and tons of recipes to play with. This is perfect for a friend with kids, a bachelor needing fun date ideas, or anyone who delights in raw fish and rice.

Abbeyhorn-Game Of Thrones Horn Beaker Mug

Maybe you can’t buy the Iron Throne for that Game of Thrones obsessed friend (me), but you can bring a touch of King’s Landing to their home. How about picking up this Game Of Thrones inspired horn drinking vessel and some mead. Because, you know…”Everythings better with some wine in the belly”.

Lodge LCC3 Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker

Lodge’s dual pan set is one of my favorite pieces. It comes with a 3-quart Dutch oven and a 10-1/4-inch shallow skillet that doubles as a lid. Lodge makes some of the most durable, quality products in cast-iron.  They heat slowly and evenly for perfect cooking. This set comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil formula and ready for immediate use.  Seriously, I have one and I’d accept another.

Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

Not everyone can afford Hattori Hanzo steel. Luckily for us on a budget, there is Victorinox. Their 8-Inch Chef’s Knife rocks. It’s cheap, sharp (seriously sharp) and lasts. The blade is conical and ground lengthwise and crosswise for minimal resistance while cutting. It is even laser tested to ensure optimum cutting power.  Your friends will thank you repeatedly for this present.

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition

When I first got into the wine industry, I knew nothing of wine (I drank plenty of it, but I could not tell you anything about it). My new boss put me through the Windows on the World wine school, and I came out confident, and slightly wine geeky. If you can’t afford Zraly’s course, this book is the next best thing. The book covers everything that he goes through in his classes, AND it becomes a reference for the rest of your life…all you need now is wine.

6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker

After a full day of work, the last think you want to do is cook. Neither do your friends. This gift is perfect for anyone who prefers a homemade meal, but has neither the time or energy to do so after a long day. Crock-Pot’s slow cooker has a 6-quart capacity (good for 7 servings). It also allows you to cook anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours. So you can set up your stew in the am and come home to it at night. The oval stoneware is removable, so you don’t have to get a serving dish dirty.I’d say it’s a win.

Whisky Sea Stones On The Rocks, With Set of 2 Tumblers

Talk about swanky here. This set of 6 handcrafted stone chillers comes in a hardwood tray with 2 tumblers.  Why granite chillers? Ice is often added to a drink to rapidly cool it, but in the case of fine spirits, the ice melts and waters them down. Granite chillers look cooler, preserve the quality of that delicious scotch, and make for a terrific conversation piece. Scotch “on the rocks” anyone?

Toastess Cordless Glass Kettle

Europeans love their electric kettles. I’m not quite sure why the US has not hopped on this trend. They heat water seriously quicker and to the perfect temperature. Toastess’ glass kettle is sexy! It is perfect for tea drinkers (tea brewed at the wrong temperature can result in nasty, bitter flavors) and coffee afficionados. Besides, this kettle is BPA free.

Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit, Everyday IPA

Brooklyn Brew’s beer making kit is awesome. I first saw it at the Fancy Food Show and let me tell you, I was impressed. The beer it makes is delicious AND you end up saving money with the kit. You’ll be the coolest cat in town running your in-house-beer-making-operation. The kit includes a beer making mix (grain, hops, and yeast), 1 gallon glass fermenter, chambered airlock, glass thermometer, a racking cane, tubing, tubing clamp, screw cap stopper, and packet of sanitizer. It makes 1 gallon of beer (9-10 12 ounce bottles). At $40 that’s about $4 per beer…but the refills cost only $15. That means every beer after is just $1.50.

Back to the Roots Mushroom Growing Kit

Don’t worry. Growing these shrooms at home won’t get you arrested. This gift is fun for children and a terrific gift for foodies. The kit comes with sustainable-mushrooms that are planted in recycled coffee grounds You just open the box, set it on a kitchen window sill, and mist (spray mister included). It grows 1-1/2 pounds of pearl oyster mushrooms in 2 to 4 harvests.

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