Every year the Advice Sisters create gift guides with gourmet items and unique tools for those who love to cook. These gift ideas for gourmets will following will surprise and delight because they don’t have anything like these…yet! These gift ideas will really add flavor to every day!
Choose to Infuse!
Infused water is such a big trend. To do it well, you need a good infuser water bottle. We love the Asobu SWG15 Flavour U water infuser bottles. T
Asobu Water Infuser Bottles have a clear see-through center section that suspends the fruit, herbs, or whatever else you want to flavor your chilled water with between two filters preventing any bulk food to enter the drinking section.
The filters and the entire Asobu Water Infuser Bottle comes apart for cleaning.
With these Asobu bottles, you get all the flavor, but not the mess of lemons, oranges, mint, cucumber or whatever else you choose to infuse.
Absobu infuser-bottles let you enjoy just about any flavored water, support a healthy lifestyle, and save money!
Asobu makes high-quality items that really deliver what they promise. We found that out when we reviewed the Asobu Cold Brew Coffeemaker (see review).
You can get these impressive bottles in metallic, gold, white, mint green and black. The 16 ounce/500 ml double wall insulated bottle will keep your water cold for up to 12 hours.
Find these amazing bottles at Macy’s, Amazon and other leading brick and mortar and on line retailers across the US. For more information visit the Asobu Web Site: http://www.asobubottle.com/
Last holiday season the advice sisters suggested a basket of spice from Spice Islands as spices really are a very welcome gift for a cook of any skill level.
This year for a holiday gift suggestion we’re suggesting exotic spices from the Middle East from Pereg Natural Foods: Zahtar, Ras El Hanout, Koobah and Hawaij for Coffee.
These spices have been a staple of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for literally, centuries.
The base ingredients often include cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, allspice that can be used as a dry rub, or in soups, stews, marinades, on bread and much more.
A lot of the spices can be used as dry rubs, or on pita bread or however you want to flavor your food. We tried the Zahatar blend with olive oil as a flavored dipping oil and with sour cream and yogurt to make exotic dips.
Sprinkle them on eggs, hummus, veggies, and make your meal instantly more interesting. The warm earthy flavors are so perfect for the cooler months.
Pereg Natural Foods are 100% natural with no MSG or Silicon Dioxide and they’re Kosher and Gluten Free. This makes them particularly great for that hard-to-buy-for individual. Pereg aslo has quite a large collection of single spices and mixed blends to choose from.
We also like Thai Sweet Chili, Burger or Chipotle which will please even those who don’t know much about spices. They make a great gift, in a generously sized 5.3 oz. shaker jars (avg. Price $5.50). For more information visit Pereg Natural Foods https://www.pereg-gourmet.com/
Bokksu Japanese Gourmet Box :
Bokksu is a truly unique way to “taste Japan” sure to entice the world traveler and the adventurous gourmet.
The company offers Japanese snacks in gift box subscriptions ($39 and $25) . You can purchase just one box if you wish.
However, there are discounts of 3-6-and12 month subscriptions. Our photos are of two different Bokksu Classic Gift Boxes ($39) featuring two each of 10 different types of crackers, cookies, candy and tea.
If you choose a subscription gift box option, every month you or your lucky recipient receives a new box filled with themed treats from various areas of Japan.
These are from Japan and unique to most Americans, but it’s fun to try all these tasty and beautifully packaged snacks.
Once you have tried the items in a Bokksu box you can purchase the ones you like, individually, on the Bokksu Website.
You also get a booklet explaining where are these treats came from so you learn a little bit about different regions of Japan as well. What a great gift this will make!
Make Your Own Yogurt
Yogurt can be expensive, and often the ones you purchase in the store are full of sugar. A great gift is the DIY Digital Automatic Yogurt Maker by Euro Cusine.
You can find this unit in many stores, but we found ours at one of our favorites, The Grommet.
When you make your own yogurt, you can flavor it if you wish, and control what’s in it thereby making it much healthier. It’s eco-friendly as you re-use single portion glass jars instead of throwaway plastic tubs.
We really like the Euro Cuisine because it’s super-easy to use, just boil milk (any kind), add some “starter” from another yogurt, and set the timer.
We made our own yogurt the traditional way, but you can also make greek style yogurt or add flavorings. Digital control customize the fermentation up to 15 hours (regular whole milk takes about 7 hours).
You just set it and forget it. At the end of the process the machine turns itself off and you have seven 6-oz. servings in jars with plastic lids that let you dial in the date (yogurt will keep up to 10 days in the fridge).
A Built-in timer even beeps when the batch is done. There is an instruction book with recipe suggestions. All we did to make the yogurt in the photo above is heat the milk, add the starter yogurt (we use Chobani but you can use anything) and start the machine.
Some plain yogurt is super-sour, but ours was amazingly creamy and delicious –without any sugar at all!
It so easy and so good! Get one for every family, couple and single person on your list! For more information visit https://www.thegrommet.com/euro-cuisine
Peugeot Spice Cubes:
This year I’m all about spicing up your life…with actual spices. Peugeot Spice Cubes offer square glass jars filled with one of 5 different kinds of pepper, four of salt or chili peppers or nutmeg. The smaller cubes are about 2.75″ the larger, 4″.
The spice cubes have colorful labels showing where the spice is from, what foods to use it on, and what it looks like on the living plant.
The Peugeot Spice Cubes have an srp of $8 to $15. Make it a cook’s delight by adding a salt and pepper mill from Peugeot as well. There are many to choose from,
Our sample was the most petite but very affordable and attractive, acrylic Nancy Salt and Pepper mill set approx $45. These mills are almost 5″ tall. The smaller spice cube (my estimation) will fill the Nancy spice mill, approximately twice. Twist the silver knob clockwises for a finer grind.
These French-made mills have a Lifetime warranty on the mechanism, 5 years on the body of the mill but you might not need it, ever. They’re built to last.
Grinding spices brings out the aroma and flavor –you’ll never use that powdered and ground jar stuff, again! You can find Peugeot mills in stores everywhere. For more information visit https://us.peugeot-saveurs.com/en_us/salt-mills