From cooking essentials to the latest and greatest small appliances and convenient cookers, you'll undoubtedly find plenty of kitchen deals on Black Friday.
Whether you’re buying gifts for the chef in your life or taking advantage of the sales to upgrade your own kitchen tools, food and nutrition expert Abby Langer recommends buying these five items when you find them on sale.
Cast Iron Pan
This is by far my favorite kitchen tool. It goes from stovetop to oven to barbecue, heats evenly, and easily. Nothing puts a better sear on meat or a crispier edge on pancakes than my cast iron! To choose the best pan, look for one that's been pre-seasoned, and make sure you get the right size for what you'll be cooking in it. I prefer a 12-14" pan to give me the room to make everything from pizzas to roasts to chili.
I love my air fryer! Not only does it make crispy 'fried' food with minimal oil, it also cooks super fast. From avocado tacos to meatballs to fries, your meal will be done in minutes with zero mess. Opt for an air fryer that comes apart easily for washing. You also want one without a paddle — the paddles can squish delicate food like avocado.
This seems basic, but good knives are necessary for anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. My knives are my babies! If you're only going to invest in one high-quality knife, make it a chef's knife, which is the workhorse of the kitchen. Look for one that's made of solid steel from tip to tip. Make sure you try it out before you buy, too — a good knife should feel comfortable in your hand.
Another basic but essential kitchen tool, you can use kitchen shears to snip herbs, debone a chicken, cut cooked spaghetti into manageable strands for kids, trim flower stems, cut twine, section pizza...I could go on and on. You'll need a sturdy pair that comes apart for thorough cleaning.
From ice cream to soups, dips or crushed ice, a high-speed blender makes quick work of any task you give it and won't burn its engine out. This is one of those appliances that you'll end up using it a lot more than you think. Choose a blender that's high-powered, easy to clean, and with a manufacturer's warranty to back it up so you can enjoy it for years to come.
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