TELL VT: What’s the Best Kitchen Gift You’ve Ever Received?

By Vegetarian Times September 24, 2013 Categories: TELL VT

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We want to know: What’s the best kitchen gift you’ve ever received? Leave your comment below, and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times.

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My best kitchen gift ever is my 4 in 1 Progressive chopper. What a time saver. I first saw it being used at a friend's place. So when my sister-in-law insisted on buying me a gift, I asked for this. I now dice and slice in minutes and no more knife mishaps. My nerves and fingers thank her every day!

Barbara Silver - 2013-11-27 00:47:33

When I graduated from college in 1978, my best friend gave to me a set of stainless steel bowls as a graduation gift. I still have them and they get used on a near daily basis.

Janine Kravetz - 2013-11-11 14:20:41

Several years ago for Christmas, my amazing boyfriend surprised me with a five piece Sur La Table copper cookware set. It is the perfect weight, distributes heat evenly and gives my kitchen a cozy ambiance with its warm and lovely appearance. I use it almost every day.

Maud - 2013-11-10 03:43:51

The first Christmas on my own, my Aunt scoured thrift stores to find different types of cookbooks to get me started in the kitchen. They really helped me gain confidence in the kitchen and I still use many of them 6 years later. Hands down, it has been the best kitchen gift I have ever received.

Amber - 2013-11-09 22:44:47

My great-great grandmother's clay mixing bowl, given to me by my grandmother. Every time I use it I can imagine great-great grandmother whipping up a cake or some pancakes to feed her family.

Shaundi - 2013-11-06 19:49:07

My set of Mauviel copper pots! My husband bought them for me, one or two a year for my birthday, while we were dating over 20 years ago. I have seven assorted sizes, old and beautifully tarnished, and the only pots I use for cooking.

Laura Frisk - 2013-10-27 18:03:33

My simple little mandolin. I use it almost every day!

liz becker - 2013-10-26 20:06:43

My stepfather, a trash collector, found a perfectly good, in-the-box Kitchenaid mixer next to a dumpster behind a department store. All it needed was a new mixing bowl. My mom ordered one and sent to me for Christmas!

Melanie Wilson - 2013-10-26 17:54:16

The best gift I have received is a cherry pitter. Not only does it pit cherries, but olives as well; especially when you need whole olive, but don't want the pit.

Joe Williams - 2013-10-26 15:56:00

The best kitchen gift I have ever received, from my best friend Lily, is an avocado scooper and masher. This tool is very handy for the avocado lover. It scoops the avocado out of the outer peel with ease and then also functions as a masher for making guacamole. I use it everyday. It's the perfect gift for a vegetarian.

Diane Wood - 2013-10-24 18:32:12

For the last 28 years I've had my daughters, siblings, nieces, nephews, and now my grandchildren, over at Christmas time to make gingerbread houses. Each year I made triple batches of royal icing and each year I would burn up the motor of my hand mixer. About 15 years ago my brother came over the morning of the event with a brand new Kitchen Aid mixer. I made my royal icing and the mixer handled the job! I use it constantly and it's still going strong. Best kitchen gift ever!

Marybeth S - 2013-10-24 04:02:02

Until my daughter gave me a Cuisinart set of knives I never realized how much easier "real cutlery" could make food preparation. My cutting collection had grown dynamically for over thirty years from department store sales, estate and flea market bargains, outlet purchases, and drug store quick buys. With the gift of a knife collection I have gradually thrown out most of my other pseudo-knives. The ease provided by steel knives created for designated purposes (carving, paring, peeling, fileting, slicing), real kitchen shears, and a blade sharpener were miraculous.

Alice Cleveland - 2013-10-19 17:06:07

Last year for Christmas, my boyfriend surprised me with a high powered blender. We've used it everyday and I've been able to make so many nice recipes. Smoothies have never been better.

Sarah S. - 2013-10-17 14:45:17

My favorite kitchen gift is Feemster's Famous Vegetable Slicer. It is a very inexpensive tool, but I just love it and have had mine over 30 years. I have given it as a gift to many friends as gifts. It is not the fanciest tool on my shelf, but it is definitely my favorite!

Marykay - 2013-10-17 14:43:26

Many years ago we received a bread machine as an anniversary gift from my sister-in-law and her husband. Although I furrowed my brow at the time -- having never showed any interest in making bread -- it inspired me to learn! For the past 16 years I've been making delicious Braided Challah (Egg Bread) on Fridays; using my bread machine to prep the dough, rolling and forming by hand. What started as a lark from a quirky gift has become a family tradition!!

Susan Feder - 2013-10-16 14:52:35