Ultimate Guide to the Best Gifts for the from-scratch kitchen
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Read up on my favorite home gadgets and resources for the scrunchy person on your holiday gift list (even if that’s yourself ;))!
When I started learning more about from scratch cooking, I looked towards the experts through various blogs and websites.
The problem with learning from the internet is there is so much information out there it may be hard to know where to begin!
It was life-changing for me to discover these cookbooks, kitchen gadgets and home products for my cooking from scratch lifestyle.
This post will look at my favorite tools and resources to help you achieve your goals of cooking from scratch.
Grab a warm cup of herbal tea, and let's dive in!
Cookbooks for the from scratch kitchen
If you're the type of person who is intimidated by the thought of cooking from scratch or if you’re looking for new books to expand your collection, this list is for you.
#1. The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen by Jill Winger
I cannot sing the praises of this book loud enough. Jill gives you easy and delicious from scratch recipes for every occasion. Her honey pumpkin pie is my go-to for every holiday meal. She gives you ideas on how you can cook from scratch even if you don’t have a farm or space to garden!
#2. Ball Canning Back to Basics: A Foolproof Guide to Canning Jams, Jellies, Pickles, and More by Ball Home Canning Test Kitchen
If you want to get started with water-bath canning, this book should be in your kitchen. I only use recipes from Ball Canning and their step-by-step instructions make it easy if you’ve never canned before.
#3. Cook once, Eat all week: 26 weeks of Gluten-free, affordable meal prep to preserve your time and sanity
If the idea of meal-prep scares the living daylights out of you (me!) then this book is a great way to help you get started especially if you’re looking for gluten-free meals to make from scratch. If you’re a busy person who wants to cook from scratch - I highly recommend this book for yourself or to give as a gift!
I’ll admit this is my favorite topic because I love kitchen gadgets and tools. Here are a few of my favorites that should be in every from-scratch kitchen.
I use my 7-quart stand mixer almost daily either with the standard paddle and bread hook. The stand mixer itself is a large investment - so if you're looking for gift ideas I'd strongly recommend gifting attachments to someone who already has one. Some of my favorite attachments include the spiralizer when I’m making apple pie or sauce, the ice cream bowl, the grain mill, and the pasta maker. In my opinion, the KitchenAid is a staple for every from-scratch kitchen.
#2. Superbaking Bread Proofing Basket, Round 9 inch Sourdough Starter Kit, Proofing Basket for Bread Making Gift Set
If you’re looking to get started in sourdough baking, this set has everything you need - minus the starter. It makes a great gift for the from-scratch baker just getting started in sourdough or bread baking or for yourself!
I am a HUGE fan of Cultures for Health products. I purchase my cheese starter cultures through them time and time again. They even have a gluten-free sourdough starter! Pair the starter jar kit with the bread baking gift set above, and Jill Winger’s Prairie Homestead Cookbook or this sourdough bread cookbook and you’ve got a great gift for the scrunchy chef.
Additional kitchen items for the from scratch cook
Below are some of our favorite products for those on your list (yourself included) looking to help them in the kitchen on their cooking from scratch journey.
If you’re going to be doing any cooking or baking from scratch, a food scale is a MUST! I love OXO products. They are affordable and durable.
If you’re going to be doing any from scratch cooking (especially sourdough) keeping your flour on the countertop just makes sense. These practical and affordable farmhouse storage containers are perfect as a gift of for your own from scratch kitchen!
And if you’re going to be baking your own bread - a breadbox for the countertop is a must! If you have a family or are going to be making different types/styles of bread, a larger one is idea - speaking from experience.
I absolutely love all the items on this list and 100% believe they would make great gift ideas for that hard to buy person or even for yourself!
Do you have any tools and resources to share? Drop them in the comments below so we can all see!