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Gluten-Free Gifts: Top 10 Kitchen Appliances

8 Comments 03 November 2011

When you go gluten-free, you inevitably end up spending more time in the kitchen. So, in order to make peace with this situation, I’ve found it helpful to have some key tools to play with. 

Do you have trouble justifying the purchase of a kitchen tool? I’ve been there before.

I’ve noticed over the years that a lot of people I know that claim to “hate cooking” have really crappy kitchen tools or none at all. Why not make your life easier and invest in some nifty kitchen appliances? Preparing food is a fact of life…..three times a day. And if you have food related health issues, you have even more of a reason to create a kitchen that you actually want to hang out in.

Here’s a quote I found that I thought could be applied to the benefits of having good tools in the kitchen, especially if you have a special diet to deal with.

β€œWe shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire…give us the tools and we will finish the job.” -Winston Churchill

So maybe the people that don’t invest in their kitchen (Hi, Mom!) have issues about spending money and they don’t see the need or feel like they deserve it. But seriously, the right tools will save you time and….time…especially today…is very valuable!

And the right tools can help to lighten the sometimes difficult transition to a gluten-free lifestyle or just a healthier lifestyle in general. How’s that for ROI?!

But this quote makes sense too, when it comes to falling for infomercial counter space wasters:

β€œMen have become the fools of their tools” -Henry David Thoreau

So here are some small kitchen appliances that I’ve actually used for years. Just two are on my personal wish list. (wink, wink)

If you are shopping for someone that is gluten-free, in my opinion, a non-compulsory present any time of year is the best kind! I would have been thrilled to receive any of these as gifts. And if you are living gluten-free, don’t forget to buy yourself a pressie every now and then to make your life easier!

And please tell us all in the comments what kitchen related gift you are dreaming about or that you can’t imagine living without.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker, Black

Seems obvious, right? When you first figure out that you need to eat gluten-free, most people kind of freak out about bread. “OMG, I can’t live without bread!!!” I’ve owned two bread machines over the years. In the end once I got over my attachment to bread, I just used it to surprise people with warm loaves of bread. Scored major points with neighbors and friends! Who knew the day would come when a bread machine could be programmed for gluten-free breads!

Juiceman JM400 Juiceman Jr. 2-Speed Electric Juicer

Juicing is fun! Srsly. If you’re a nerd like me! πŸ™‚ Again, I’ve owned two Juiceman Jr. juicers over the  years. Love them. Plus, the Juiceman’s personal story about juice saving his life is inspiring! Once you have fresh OJ or discover green juice, you’ll reserve a spot for one on your counter top.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White

I own this rice cooker and love the idea of using it to cook whole grains….like buckwheat, etc. in addition to rice. Evidently I’m a bit old school though, and forget to use it. However, I’ve known many people that use their rice cooker almost every day….and they weren’t even on a gluten-free diet.

KitchenAid KSM150PSMC Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Metallic Chrome

I’m dreaming about this baby. I don’t know what I’m waiting for…a wedding registry?! Maybe I’ve waited long enough. Now I really need one…my Peanut Butter Love bars burnt out my hand mixer. Good enough excuse, right? Plus, I’m excited to make whipped egg whites effortlessly.

Cuisinart DLC-2007N Prep 7 7-Cup Food Processor

I bought my first Cuisinart at the ripe age of 34. Please, don’t wait like I did! I don’t know what I did before I had this. It slices, it dices…it emulsifies and I make homemade herbed mayo and aioli almost every week in it. The first thing I made in my Cuisinart was corn-free marzipan!

Vitamix Turboblend 4500 Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor

Ah, the mighty Vitamix! The Range Rover of blenders. As a kid in Oregon I watched infomercials about them….”Whoa! It even makes hot soup!!” Then a few years ago the nice people at Vitamix gave me one. I know!!!!! Toooooo freaking cool!!! And it’s true…it makes hot soup! My boyfriend at the time and I watched wide eyed with amazement…slightly scared…mostly thrilled…steam slowly rising from the top. It makes the best dairy-free hot chocolate complete with foam ever! If this one ever dies, I’m going to have to fork out the cash for a new one. I’m spoiled.

Vitamix Eastman Tritan Copolyester 32-Ounce Container with Dry Blade, Lid, and Recipe Book

Please, please don’t hate me…I actually have this too, but I’ve never used it. I know, what’s wrong with me?! But over at the Celiac Chicks Facebook page I created a survey on kitchen appliance gifts and this attachment with the Vitamix was the most wanted gift item.

Crock-Pot SCVP600-SS 6-Quart Smart-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel

I couldn’t believe it that my 28 year old roomy had never used a slow cooker before. She said she woke up in the middle of the night to check on it because the concept scared her. (Yeah, she’s from another planet.) I use mine all the time. Easiest way to cook ever! And did you know that there are slow cooker cookbooks out that are completely gluten-free? Yup.

Miallegro 6007 Miarepa, 7 Arepas In 2 Sizes Arepa Maker

OK, alien roommate is actually from Venezuela and she literally lives off of arepas. She has one of these arepa machines, which I had never seen before. If I could only eat corn! Thought this would be fun and handy for you guys to know about.

Brentwood Appliances 4-portion Arepa Maker

Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker

Mmmm…who doesn’t love the crunch of a waffle?! I own this waffle machine. Love it! You know, waffles don’t have to always be for breakfast…and you can even use them unsweetened for tasty sandwiches.

Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator – Black

OK, I know this makes the list 11 items! But I didn’t count this one because it may just be my idea of an exciting gift. Yes, please…Excalibur fairy…wherever you are….I’ve been a very good girl, except for killing my vegetables with heat on occasion, but I want to change. Please, please help me to make the world a safer place for food enzymes!

WARNING: Some ladies really hate kitchen appliance gifts. They might start quoting Gloria Steinem if you buy them one. So, proceed with caution if you are a guy buying a gift for a lady in your life. Make sure she really wants one. Or is the type of girl that wants one over a pair of diamond earrings. Or maybe buy her both. That’s always smart! πŸ™‚

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    Elizabeth says:

    I am gluten/dairy/soy free and I struggle to make my own bread on a monthly basis… my mom who is also gluten free is always telling me I need the kitchenaid mixer, but I really want the excaliber dehydrator instead. neither is in my budget, but someday!

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    Amanda says:

    I am not one of those ladies who would scream at the gift of a kitchen appliance..squeal with delight is more like it. My wishlist? Can you say all of the above? So far I have a hand blender and a scale. Best $10 I spend on that hand blender. Yup a $10 hand blender that works. I want a juicer and a vitamix probably first and the kitchen aid…ya I’ve wanted that since I used one in high school. Then again…bread….mmm…as I said… All of the above!

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    Cheryl Bischoff says:

    I am dreaming about the Kitchen Aid mixer, I have a Bosch which is great but the KA would give limitless possibilities for attachments.

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    James Snider says:

    Thank you for this post. We discovered about a year ago that my daughter has Celiac’s Disease. We are still learning the ropes.

    We had Thanksgiving with my family yesterday. Half of them bent over backwards to help her determine what she could eat, having Googled contents for traces of gluten. The other half just didn’t get it. Of course, we brought plenty of our own food for her (sweet potato, green beans, merangue pecan cookies, etc). A life saver for us was TFX sheets. They are like Slipats, but a lot less expensive. We put them on cookie sheets before warming up her food to reduce cross contamination. You can get them on line: http://engstromtrading.com/products-page/ or sometimes I find them at Whole Foods.

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    Melissa sellers says:

    I wish for a bread maker . I never made bread since I became gluten free .or had bread just took all flour product out of my life

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    Artemis says:

    I would love the Kitchen Aid Mixmaster. I just recently had an AHA ! moment to which I can put learning how to accomplish my gluten free dreams. Ciao

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    Rachel says:

    I want to know whether harina pan for making arepas is whole grain or if it is degerminated like most cornmeal products


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