10 Mother's Day Gifts to Make Your Mom a Better Cook
Williams-SonomaMost moms are so exhausted after a hard day's work that by the time dinner rolls around, the last thing they want to do is cook. And if time in the kitchen tends to be a struggle – from using dull knives for chopping vegetables to spending an hour scrubbing pans after the meal – she definitely needs the help of a few good stress-relieving kitchen tools.
We've got a guide for tools that'll aid whatever's ailing your mom in the kitchen (you might even want to pick something up for yourself). Check out these great gift ideas.
She needs a ... Slow cooker
Throw your ingredients in the cooker in the morning, turn the machine on, and dinner will be ready by mealtime.
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, $44.99 at Amazon
She needs a ... Mandoline
This mandoline, designed specifically to both slice and dice, is a life-saver. You'll get perfectly uniform cuts in no time, and a safety grip protects your hands from nasty cuts.
deBuyer Deluxe Slicing Mandoline, $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma
She needs a ... Salt kit
Make seasoning more interesting with a flavored kit like this one, which includes four different types that complement foods in different ways. A gift like this won't seem like an insult because it's so fun to play with.
Finishing Salts Collection, $39.95 at Williams-Sonoma
She needs a ... Meat thermometer
Overcooked meat usually results from not knowing the proper finished temperature to which each type of meat should be cooked. Try this amazing thermometer that allows you to program what you're cooking and choose the level of doneness you prefer. The alarm will tell you when it's done!
CDN Digital Thermometer $17.08 at Amazon
She needs a ... Nonstick pan
Try frying an egg in a conventional frying pan vs. a nonstick pan, and you'll never understand how you've been able to live without the nonstick version. Food slides in and out with ease -- just be sure you never scrub a nonstick pan with harsh materials, or you'll scrape off the coating.
Giada de Laurentiis Nonstick Pan, $34.29 at Target
She needs a ... Rice cooker
Not enough can be said for the magic of a rice cooker. Toss in rice and water, set the timer, and forget it. Out comes perfectly cooked rice that'll never stick to the bottom of the pan.
Panasonic Rice Cooker, $25.60 at Amazon
She needs a ... Salad spinner
Wet lettuce is the culprit for the demise of most salads. It doesn't allow dressing to stick to the greens, and it also weighs down the leaves. But who has time to air-dry salad greens? Dry them to perfection in under a minute with a few pumps of a salad spinner.
OXO Salad Spinner, $30 at Sur La Table
She needs a ... Hanging pot rack
Say goodbye to cluttered cabinets. A pot rack takes advantage of the vertical space in your kitchen, letting pots and pans hang high and out of the way (not to mention, it's a great way to air-dry them).
Ceiling Pot Rack, $49.95 at Crate and Barrel
She needs a ... Silpat liner
These nonstick sheets hold heat evenly to make sure all your cookies bake evenly, and the slippery surface allows your finished produce to slide right off.
Silpat Baking Mat, $19.95 at Sur La Table
She needs a ... Heavy-bottomed pan
Cheap, thin pans are usually to blame for scalded or scorched foods, so try something like this five-layered simmer and sauté pan that holds heat evenly.
All-Clad Pan, $149.95 at Williams-Sonoma