Gift Ideas - Cooking Gifts For Easier And More Flavorful Meals On A Low Sodium Diet
By Debbie Benson
Cooking gifts would be appreciated by almost anyone on a low
sodium diet. These folks must do most of their own cooking at home to
lower their sodium intake. Almost everything they consume must be
prepared with mostly fresh ingredients. This is the back to the basics
or made from scratch cooking. Cooking gifts that will make their cooking
taste better and the task of cooking easier would be greatly
Here are some unique gift ideas including appliances
(both large or small), cooking tools and cooking gadgets, which would
make preparing a low sodium diet at home faster, easier and tastier.
Tip: Make sure you are aware of how
much kitchen space your gift recipient has available. Many kitchens are
quite small with limited storage. Also, be aware of how much work is
involved to clean the appliance or tool. Too much work to clean and the
gift (no matter how nice), won't get used.
A crock pot or slow cooker: This does the cooking while you are away and creates amazing flavor.
A pressure cooker: It saves a lot of cooking time and increases flavor.
This could be a small set, large set or a single piece of cookware like
a Dutch oven, a grill pan, a skillet with a lid, or a wok.
A traditional type of blender or an immersion type blender. Immersion
blenders are hand-held that you take to the bowl or pot. Get a strong
one. This makes blending easier. Make creamy soups in the pot, make
salt-free nut butters right in the jar, as well as your own salt-free
mayonnaise and salad dressings in a jiffy, and doesn't need much space.
A food processor: large or small. Chopping food is the most time consuming part preparing your meals.
Good choices are an 8-inch chef's knife and a paring knife. Some folks
don't like to give knives as gifts. That's up to you. Knives are very
important in a kitchen. Especially in a low sodium kitchen where almost
everything you are cooking is fresh and needs to be cut-up.
boards: Very necessary to have at least one, or two would be better.
One for meats and one for vegetables. This helps eliminate the risk of
A bread maker: This is a something
you might not think of. In case you didn't know, most bread is pretty
high in sodium and many must learn to make their own bread to reduce
their sodium intake.
A barbecue or a smoker: Let your
budget be your guide. There are many types and prices, from table top to
deluxe outdoor kitchens. These can make a lot of flavorful food.
dehydrator: Many dehydrated foods are expensive and can be high in
sulfites. You can dehydrate your fresh herbs, vegetables like tomatoes,
mushrooms and fruits. Jerky is a popular treat and you can make your own
A new stove, microwave, convection
oven, or toaster oven: There many new brands that make cooking quicker
and easier. Try to get something that will also brown. Browning adds
A popcorn popper: Perhaps with organic popcorn and a bottle of salt free popcorn seasoning.
Ice cream maker: It is amazing how much sodium there can be in ice cream.
herb saver: Fresh herbs are recommended for flavor in many low sodium
recipes, but they can be expensive, especially when not in season, and
they don't keep well.
A pepper mill or pepper grinder.
Freshly ground pepper is one of the best and most needed tools for a low
sodium kitchen, as this adds a lot of flavor.
seasonings: The most important gift for anyone on a salt-free or low
sodium diet would be salt- free seasonings. Seasoning the food is the
key to flavor.
A real basic low sodium kitchen needs a knife, a cutting board, a pan, and salt-free seasonings. Hopefully, there is a stove.
are a lot of unique gift ideas for cooking gifts out there, but you
want to give a cooking gift that is appreciated and used. If it helps
the recipient get more flavorful results, makes their low sodium cooking
easier, in less time and it's easy to clean, then the cooking gift will
get used, be appreciated and most important of all, it will help them
stick to their low sodium diet.