Digital appliances and gadgets make cooking a breeze. These holiday gift ideas are ideal for the high-tech kitchen.
This high-tech meat thermometer (Williams-Sonoma, $34) has a mind of its own. When the cooking process is going faster or slower than anticipated, the self-adjusting thermometer automatically recalculates the timer. It features an LED, user-friendly touch screen and voice alerts. It offers pre-programmed settings from rare to well-done for all your favorite meats — beef, pork, poultry and veal — plus, you can program your own preferences too.
Digital rice cooker
Get flawless rice every time with this Aroma digital rice cooker (Amazon Prime , $50). It prepares up to 16 cups of cooked rice and can simultaneously steam meat and veggies. This digital rice cooker is easy to use with its programmable control panel that includes advanced functions such as a delay timer and automatic warming. It comes with a nonstick, removable inner cooking pot, a measuring cup, steam tray and spatula.
A powerful blender can make everything from cocktails to smoothies and salsa to soup. Perfect for a holiday or housewarming gift, the Oster digital blender (Walmart, $39) features digital controls, a revolution ice crushing blade, 60-second countdown timer, auto shut-off and more. Anyone on your gift list would appreciate this kitchen gadget.
Every household needs a coffeemaker. Look for a unit with practical features like a programmable timer for “wake up” coffee and a pause function that allows you to grab a cup before the brewing is complete. The Hamilton Beach Ensemble 12-cup coffeemaker (Amazon , $30) does that and more with 2-hour auto shutoff, drip-free pouring, non-stick hot plate and oversized clock.
Digital kitchen scale
For precise measurements, you can’t beat this digital kitchen scale. It shows measurements from an 1/8-ounce to 11 pounds and 1 gram to 5 kilograms. This Salter digital scale (Amazon , $26) is sleek and chic. It’s so compact that you can slide it into a drawer but so stylish that you’ll want to show it off on your countertop. It’s created from stain-resistant, odor-resistant, hygienic glass and uses two AAA batteries, which are included.
Digital convection oven
If you are looking for something small, convenient and efficient, you’ll love a countertop digital convection oven. The Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven (Bed Bath & Beyond, $200) allows you to convection bake, traditional bake, broil and toast. You can make everything from tender fish to crispy pizza to homemade cookies. It features an easy-to-read, digital LCD screen, precise temperature control and a spacious interior.