“Your Cookware Helper” Helps Christmas Shoppers with His 12 Best Cookware Gifts for Christmas

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Useful and practical are keys when giving gifts for Christmas. These cookware and kitchen accessories are useful items in every kitchen.

Mark Jala, Founder of Your Cookware Helper

When one can give quality enameled cast iron, nonstick dishwasher safe skillets or beautiful clay presentation platters as gifts for under $100, it’s smart shopping, especially when the items are useful and practical.”

Cookware makes excellent gifts for Christmas. With Christmas just around the corner shoppers will soon be in a frenzy trying to figure out the best gifts to give. A key to thoughtful gift-giving is to make sure the gifts are practical and will be used. Mark Jala, the founder of Your Cookware Helper, is also the founder of the Home Cooking Academy which offers online cooking classes. As a cooking instructor he has stress tested countless cookware items and kitchen accessories. His list of the 12 Best Cookware Gifts for Christmas are full of useful and practical gifts covering all price ranges.

As a general tip when giving cookware gifts, Mr. Jala says it is handy to know where the user has the most fun cooking, on top of the stove or inside the oven. “We all do both, but watch someone when they are cooking and listen to their stories. Do they get exciting when talking about sautéing something and deglazing the pan, or baking / roasting something in the oven? It’s important because where they get the most satisfaction will dictate the best kind of gift they’ll enjoy. If someone talks about braising a dish on top of the stove, a brazier or chef pan would be practical for them. If they do a lot of baking, a quality sheet pan, cooling rack and bakers tools would be enjoyed. If they are an accomplished cook, perhaps something to help them present their treasures would be enjoyed.” Mr. Jala says.

“Quality cookware and accessories do not have to be expensive,” says Mr. Jala. Six of the best cookware Christmas gift ideas are under $100. “When one can give quality enameled cast iron, nonstick dishwasher safe skillets or beautiful clay presentation platters as gifts for under $100, it’s smart shopping, especially when the items are useful and practical.”

The complete list of the 12 best cookware gifts for Christmas, and the reason Mr. Jala chose the items, can be found at the Your Cookware Helper website. The list includes Amazon.com prices dated November 11, 2012.

Some of the gift ideas include:

  •     Pfaltzgraff or Clay Art serving platters - $20 - $50
  •     Lodge colored enamel cast iron 6qt Dutch Ovens - $50 - $80
  •     All-Clad Stainless Steel D5 11” French skillet with domed lid - $153
  •     Emile Henry Flame Top 12” red clay Brazier - $170
  •     Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12-pc stainless steel cookware set - $250

“One of my favorite medium priced cookware gifts for Christmas is the Circulon Infinite 10-pc cookware set. I have several pieces of the Circulon Infinite and love it. It’s a durable hard anodized aluminum cookware set coated with a tough nonstick finish inside and outside that is dishwasher safe. The solid base is very flat and great for flat top stoves. I’ve had mine for 4 years now and the nonstick finish is still pretty good,” says Mr. Jala.

One item Mr. Jala says is necessary in every household is a quality stainless steel fry pan. “It’s hard to do a good sauté in a nonstick skillet. In the Academy students learn that sauté is an easy cooking method and at the core of several other methods. You can’t get the fond on the pan like you do with a stainless steel skillet. Deglazing the hot pan with a cold liquid requires a quality pan so it does not warp. The All-Clad stainless steel D5 skillet is the perfect solution. Five layers of aluminum and stainless steel distribute heat evenly. It is thick to prevent warping. The brushed stainless steel outside is beautiful. The domed lid just adds to its versatility,” says Mr. Jala.

Mr. Jala founded Your Cookware Helper as a way to help home cooks find the best cookware and kitchen accessories for them. Mr. Jala blogs at http://www.CookTalkLove.com and is writing his first book. Cook, Talk, Love promotes family meal time as the single best opportunity to build peaceful, loving, and passionate family relationships.

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