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Christmas gifts for food enthusiasts

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.

Tagine: Tagines are clay pots used when making Moroccan dishes to slow cook the food. This gift set comes with the tagine, a cookbook, and some necessary ingredients for Moroccan cooking. $49.96

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)

Mushroom kit: These indoor mushroom patches come in many varieties. Check out the Shiitake mushroom patch for $26.00.

Flour Mill: Blendtec sells one for around $200, but you can also find manual versions that are less expensive.

Spice gift pack: Penzeys has a mini spice gift pack for only $7.95. The salt free grill and broil 8 jar is more expensive at $41.95, but includes spice combinations from all over the world.

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