Cozy up to the fire with a blanket and a cup of cocoa, because winter is here! While the task of holiday shopping may seem daunting (we’re getting our list ready too), don’t forget to treat yourself this year. A time for heart-warming soups, delectable cookies, and holiday get-togethers, make this holiday season easier with these nifty kitchen tools. From crockpots and cookie cutters to herb keepers and oven mitts, you’ll be well prepared for a chilly winter. Check out our suggestions for these top ten must-have winter gadgets. Brrrring on the cold!
Finally, a fun and convenient way to freeze and preserve your herbs! Enter, the Herbsicle Herb Keeper. Fill the Herbsicle with your choice of herb, then twist the top until tight. Place it in the freezer and in a few hours you’ll have a popsicle of frozen herbs. When ready to use, grab a knife to cut off the desired amount or grate directly into your food. The Herbsicle features an easy to read label handle for quick identification. This item is dishwasher safe.
Kids love to do things for themselves, especially in the kitchen. This unique mixing mug is not only fun to use; it also reduces the mess of making chocolate milk. A 16-ounce tumbler is fitted inside a cow patterned holder with a trigger button on the handle. Simply add milk and chocolate syrup/powder and press the button. The result is a refreshingly smooth, chocolaty beverage that kids will get a kick out of drinking over and over again. Adults can have fun too, using the mug for their morning coffee or a little holiday eggnog. Mixing mug includes sip-top lid and is dishwasher safe. Don’t forget two AA batteries to get the mixing started!
Wilton Holiday Cookie Cutter Set, $16.95
Relive the magic of the holidays with these fun cookie cutters. Get all of your must-have seasonal shapes from the Wilton Holiday Cookie Cutter Set. Snowmen, mittens, gingerbread, stars and Christmas trees are waiting for your decorative cookie touch. Set includes 30 tinned steel cookie cutters that are hand washable.
Duncan Euro Design Oven Mitts, $18-$29
With all of the cooking and baking lined up this year, you’ll need an oven mitt that is safe and reliable. Euro Oven Mitts are made of stain-resistant neoprene instead of a woven fabric, which allows them to withstand extremely high temperatures (up to 500°F!). A European cut makes for a snug fit, comfortable for both left and right hand use. And a water resistant, secure grip design will ensure that your casserole ends up on the table, not on the floor. Oven mitts are dishwasher safe and come in several sizes.
Vinturi Classic Wine Aerator, $29.95
Chianti? Rosé? Pinot Grigio? Whatever your choice of wine for a holiday dinner, serve it right. The Vinturi Classic Wine Aerator is the perfect gadget for wine lovers alike, who know that the best wines are properly aerated before they are tasted. This easy to use aerator (one for white and one for red wine) is simply held over a glass while wine is poured through, resulting in a more enhanced scent and flavor. This item is dishwasher safe.
Crockpot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker, starting at $32.99
An absolute must have for your kitchen, the Crockpot 6-Quart Cook and Carry Slow Cooker will be your best friend this winter. Simply toss in your meats, veggies, and seasonings and forget about dinner until it’s time to eat. Taking dinner to go? No problem. This crockpot also has a Little Dipper warmer that lets you quickly reheat the perfect amount of your meal before packing some up for later. Crockpot insert and lid is dishwasher safe and comes with a one year warranty.
Nothing says winter like a warm bowl of soup. Create your own homemade recipes in half the time with the Calphalon 3-in-1 Immersion Hand Blender. This high performance hand blender helps you prepare perfect soups, sauces, and salsas in one easy maneuver. Complete with a stainless steel blending wand and five speed dial selection plus turbo button, this hand blender also comes with a convenient chopper attachment to chop vegetables, nuts, cheeses, and anything else you may want to toss into your soup.