Do you have a friend or family member who loves the kitchen, but you don't have any clue what to get them? Here are some ideas for stocking stuffers and more expensive gifts.
A traditional Japanese brass fish scaler: A scaler is a great inexpensive gift for those who love to cook with fish. $8
Indoor herb kit: Any cook will love the idea of having fresh herbs in the kitchen with them all the time. $29.95
Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz: This book has over 100 recipes for making sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, beer, and more. These fermented foods also tend to be high in probiotics, which promote a healthy digestive tract. $20
Fermenting crock pot: Complement the Wild Fermentation book with the Harsch Gairtopf fermenting crock pot. ($100 for the 5 liter on Amazon)
Oyster shucking knife: These knives range from $10 to over $60, and can be a great stocking-stuffer or nice gift. Oysters are also one of the seafoods with the lowest mercury content.
Cheese making kit: Cheese lovers will adore any of these kits that allow them to make cheese at home. Choices range from french goat cheese for $24.95 to the gourmet home dairy kit which enables you to make 12 varieties at $69.95.
Quick and Easy Tsukemono, by Ikuku Hisamatsu: Tsukemono, or Japanese pickles, are great because they can often be eaten on the same day they are made. ($22.95 on Amazon)
Flour Mill: Blendtec sells one for around $200, but you can also find manual versions that are less expensive.