Episode 21: Top 15 Fathers Day Presents From The Kitchen

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Fathers day presents from the kitchen are a great idea for the dad that cooks. Men and women cook differently. Men need gadgets, men like tools, and some of the best new dishes he’ll create may be because of the new device you’ve given him.

Today, I’ll go through my kitchen drawers and share some of the small and large tools and gadgets I can’t live without in my kitchen. It might give you an idea for a fathers day present you never considered.

I’ve already given you great ideas for breakfast that you can make for dad. I’ve even shared my favorite dessert, the Chocolate Macaroon as an idea for something sweet, and an easy pot pie for a manly dinner.

Now that he’s well fed, let’s talk about some kitchen gadget ideas starting with the inexpensive and simple:

Fancy Vegetable Peeler – Dad’s is probably dull and worn, time for a new one.
GOOD GRIPS 6 piece kitchen essentials set – I love the “Good Grips” brand as they are so easy to handle. This set also includes the vegetable peeler I use at home.
Rubber Bowl Scrapers – If there’s a chunk missing from the current one, time to switch.
Rubber Pastry Brush – for applying butter, sauce, or egg wash. They last a long time.
Green Bean Frencher – cuts string beans lengthwise for a new plate appeal
Portion Scoops – for better consistent baking and a new visual presentation of rice and starch.
Bench Scraper – one of my favorite tools for scraping counters and portioning dough
Tongs – are indispensable in the kitchen for stirring, grabbing, and not burning hands
Instant-Read Digital Thermometer – THE most important tool for accurate cooking and baking
Beak-Nose Paring Knife – an inexpensive, unique knife that helps with close up work. I have used Wusthof brand knives in my own kitchen for years and love them!
Pepper Mill – An attractive pepper mill not only adds flavor, but appeal to the kitchen itself.
Salt Dispenser – I like to pinch kosher salt rather than shake iodized. A covered salt dish.
Asparagus Steamer – with the insert basket, it can be used for numerous kitchen items.
Cast Iron Pan – When cared for properly, it will outlast Dad. It’ll outlast everybody.
Chinois – is a very fine mesh strainer used in the commercial kitchen for sauces
ManPans Steamer Insert – I use ManPans in my videos – and in my kitchen – because of their construction.

Fathers day presents that enable him to further explore and express his curiosity and love of cooking are the best ways to show that you know what he likes. Even if Dad already has one of the items above, there are now shiny, chrome-plated or rubber handle padded upscale versions of just about every kitchen gadget you can name.

Give him something new, or update the old, fathers day presents from the kitchen are the best.

What are you giving your Dad for his special day?
Leave your comment below for others to share ideas.

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  1. Dan
    4 years ago

    What I find super useful are ramekins. These little bowls are constantly coming in handy for different tasks – getting your mise en place together, serving condiments and sauces, cooking custards. Cheap, useful and highly recommended.


    • ChefTodd
      4 years ago

      I agree with you Dan.
      I also like them for baking and molding items for plate presentation.
      If you refer back to NRL Episode #6, I used them for a potatoes au gratin dish and inverted the ramekin onto a plate.
      Actually, Episode #5 shows the entire inspiration for the French 6 course meal, Beef Bourguignon in ramekins.

      I love those ramekins!


  2. Phaw Khrua
    4 years ago

    Lots of great ideas there. One thing I would add to the list is “Private Preserve.” If your dad likes wine (especially red wines), this is a good way to maintain the quality of the wine longer, in the bottle, without having to use up the bottle so quickly. Private Preserve is a combination of inert gasses and is heavier than air. When you spray a little bit of it into the wine bottle, it displaces air and forms a protective layer between the wine and the air, keeping the oxygen in the air from oxidising the wine (which would otherwise change its flavour). I bought some as a birthday gift for my dad, about 20 years ago, and he liked it so much that, ever since, he’s been buying it again whenever he runs out.

    One Christmas, I got him a digital thermometer and he always comments on how much easier it has made things. As you said, that truly should be the number-one item on the list.

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