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I find it rather odd, but some people hate to cook, especially people my age (i.e. in their early 30s).
I was brought up in a family who loved to cook and started preparing food when I was really young.
To this day, I spend hours preparing large meals throughout the whole year, not just at the holidays. I believe getting people more involved in cooking will really help them.
You can only eat so much fast food before this starts to impact your health, not to mention all the nutrients you are missing out on.
To help those who aren’t good at cooking or simply hate to prepare their own food, here are a few gift ideas that will make it much easier for them.
There are so many great things I can say about this gift. First of all, these make a wonderful gift because they make the whole meal preparation thing easier by allowing the person to place all the ingredients into the vessel before leaving for work, and then come home to a wonderful homemade dinner.
Second, slow cookers make cleanup easier by only dirtying one pot per meal. These appliances also make things easier by cutting down significantly on the required prep time.
The giftee can buy precut vegetables, stew meat, and a few seasonings, throw it all in here, and they have a meal. These devices are also very forgiving if you forget to thaw something first.
Just pop the frozen meat into the machine and set it on low for an hour or two longer than planned. Crock-Pots and slow cookers also help introduce people to preparing their own food.
With one of these devices the new chef will easily be able to start experimenting with new seasonings, sauces, and so on, and might even start to love cooking.
George Foreman Grill
What if the only thing that the home chef had to do was place a piece of seasoned meat on an indoor grill and wait a few minutes for supper? What if they could even place some peppers and onions next to that meat, and place a bun on a warmer built right into the machine?
All of this is possible with a George Foreman Grill. Another great feature is being able to take a steak, burger, chicken breast, or other protein straight from the freezer to the grill and still cook it in less than 10 minutes.
The George Foreman Grill is perfect for breakfast too. You can cook bacon on the grill while warming pastries or muffins on the top.
It’s also good for preparing lunch. You can make a grilled cheese sandwich on it, or panini.
And of course, it’s great for supper. You can make so many simple and delicious dishes, ranging from salmon to steak to a grilled wrap or burrito.
All this in one machine!
Best of all, the George Foreman Grill is nonstick and easy to clean up. This is the ultimate easy kitchen gift.
Lots of different food items can be cooked on one kitchen appliance if you go the griddle route. With this gift, the cook will be able to make pancakes, eggs, and sausage all at one time.
At lunch, they’ll be able to make hamburgers with pan-fried potatoes. At supper, they will be able to make chicken breasts with sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions.
Imagine the convenience. All this with the ease of using just one appliance rather than a variety of pans, all at the same time.
If this gift doesn’t make cooking easier, it might be time to give up on the chef (please don’’t, there still hope).
Does the non-cook in your life claim to hate food preparation because it takes too long? Well, not anymore.
A pressure cooker will enable them to serve a meal in a fraction of the time that it normally takes. And these devices are nothing like they used to be.
They once had a bad reputation for… potentially exploding.
Now, all electric models have multiple safety features that prevent this from occurring, such as redundant pressure valves and seals that will intentionally burst before the boiler reaches a critical temperature.
These products will often come with a recipe booklet that will explain how long it takes to prepare certain items like dried beans and rice. The recipient of this fine gift will be really surprised that they can make a roast in less than thirty minutes, too!
Plus, they can be used for home canning as well, so the health-conscious chef or gardener can prepare shelves full of low-sodium, low-sugar, delicious canned goods to enjoy throughout the year.
Time to Hop on the Cooking Train
Choo-choo! Train’s pulling out of the station, and it’s about time that the cooking averse family and friends in your life hopped on board.
I hope these gift ideas will be items that help the reluctant cook in your life to have an easier time with food preparation.
These products are meant to encourage them to make wholesome and nutritious meals at home, saving time while they’re able to stay away from fast food. With these gifts, cleanup is also a cinch, with fewer pots, pans, and individual utensils to worry about.
What’s your favorite time-saving device that helps you to make healthy and satisfying meals at home? Let us know in the comments below if there’s something we missed.
And for even more convenient items to add to your kitchen countertops and cabinets, read these reviews of the best kitchen appliances next:
- The Vitamix 750 Is a Beautiful Work Horse for the Home Kitchen
- The Best Drip Coffee Makers: Improve the Taste in Your Cup Now
- The Best Food Dehydrators on the Market Today
© Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on October 19, 2013. Last updated July 22, 2020. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!