20 Top Kitchen Gifts for Moms Who Don't Love to Cook

Jess Richardson | Mar 12, 2019 Food & Party
20 Top Kitchen Gifts for Moms Who Don't Love to Cook
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Silicone baking mats

Not everyone loves to cook. OK, that might be the understatement of the year. For a lot of people, cooking is a major freaking pain, and something they try to avoid at all costs. And that's totally cool, although it does become more of a problem when there's a family involved, just because, well, we all gotta eat. 

One thing to do for moms who hate cooking, other than offering to just take over the cooking in their lives and become their personal chefs forever (what, we can dream), is to gift them items that make cooking just a little bit less like their personal version of hell. We can't promise that any of these items in particular are going to make someone actually love cooking, but we can say that each and every one of these gifts will go a long to way to making cooking delicious, easy recipes less painful.

A lot of these items are of the awesome throw-a-bunch-of-ingredients-in-a-pot-and-walk-away variety, which honestly, we adore. There's nothing nicer for a mom with a ton of responsibilities than to dump some items together, and 20 minutes (or six hours, depending on the gadget) later, discover that dinner has completely and totally come together while they were busy elsewhere (and maybe even left the house and run some errands). 

These kinds of presents are great for moms who are strapped for time, as well as those who just never got into cooking and are intimidated by the whole process. Other gifts on the list are more of the let's-stay-comfy vibe, ideal for moms who have issues like arthritis or back pain, which makes standing for long hours in the kitchen extra super-duper uncomfortable. And of course, there are some for those of us who just absolutely hate cleanup in every way, shape, and form. Which describes like 99% of humanity, if we're being honest, right? 

Psst: If purchasing an item on this list, CafeMom may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.

  • Pasta Pot With a Steamer Lid


    What's the worst part of making pasta? Very definitely rummaging through the bottom drawer trying to find the strainer (or that gross sensation that all of the ick from the kitchen sink is going to touch fresh, hot food) because it's not draining fast enough. Eliminate both problems in one go with this pasta pot with a built-in steamer lid

  • Silicone Jar Opener


    Stuck jar lids are the worst, and make cooking that much harder. But they come off in a snap with this flexible silicone opener.

  • Anti-Fatigue Mat


    People who hate cooking can at least be comfortable while they do it. Nothing makes feet and backs feel better than standing on one of these slip-resistant mats. They come in several colors so at least one will work with the decor.

  • Zyliss Magnetic Can Opener


    Even if arthritis or carpal tunnel is a problem, this can opener makes things easy. Plus, the magnet lifts the lid off the can easily, so we never have to deal with the mess. 

  • Silicone Baking Mats


    These silicone baking mats keep stuff from sticking to baking sheets, and also keep them from needing oil, parchment paper, or tinfoil to do so. This means they save money in the long run, and they save on mess. Win/win.

  • Snap-On Can Strainer


    We love the versatility and easiness of lots of canned foods -- like canned chickpeas, which puree quickly into a healthy hummus -- but straining them is icky and there's always gunk left in the bottom. Solution: a snap-on can strainer, which makes the whole process a breeze. 

  • Penzeys America's Kitchen 8-Piece Gift Pack


    These spice blends are so easy to use, they're a great fit for cooks who just want to throw some spices onto some chicken and vegetables, throw them in the oven, and call it dinner. The Fox Point makes incredibly flavorful vegetables, while the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Base is amazing in Greek yogurt.

  • Hamilton Beach Food Processor


    In just a few seconds, a food processor can make all kinds of baby food, guac, pesto, hummus ... and it can also shred chicken, veggies, basically whatever is needed.

  • Pyrex 24-Piece Storage Set


    These Pyrex pieces store everything airtight, and they go easily from the freezer to the oven, whether they're used to store leftover pizza sauce or a slow-cooker chili.

  • Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set


    Moms can blend healthy smoothies, puree soups, make pancake mix ... all of it in a snap with the Magic Bullet blender. We're in love with ours -- and it comes with a recipe book for easy mealtime solutions.

  • Instant Pot


    Everyone's been talking about the Instant Pot, and for good reason. It's like a safer version of an old-school pressure cooker, and it takes basically no time (or skill) to make a meal.

  • Paderno Spiralizer


    Zoodles are great (and take five minutes to saute in a pan), but using a mandoline is hard. This spiralizer is BPA-free, with stainless steel blades and a hand-crank system. 

  • Programmable Crock-Pot


    Throw a bunch of stuff into a slow cooker -- using a simple slow cooker recipe -- walk away, and a few hours later, dinner's done. It's basically magic.

  • GoWise Air Fryer


    Who says it's impossible to have it all? Healthy food fried to a crisp is achievable. This air fryer's built-in smart programs mean it's possible to fry up chicken, shrimp, and more with literally the touch of a button. 

  • Dash Rapid Electric Egg Cooker


    Perfect eggs every time. Just choose whatever setting is desired on this electric egg cooker, and the auto shut-off function keeps eggs from overcooking. Choose from hard or soft boiled, poached, scrambled, omelets ... whatever suits.

  • Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer


    Automatic settings mean this steamer switches to warming mode when the food is done cooking -- so it's impossible to overcook. Use one tier of this food steamer for one dish or two tiers for a main and side cooked separately. 

  • Zojirushi Rice Cooker


    Why on Earth is rice so hard to cook? It always ends up clumping or getting gluey. But with a rice cooker, it always comes out just fine. And this does quinoa, too. 

  • OXO Garlic Press


    Chopping garlic is the worst. It takes forever and leaves our hands all sticky and raw garlic-smelling. However, throw a garlic clove in this press, and suddenly, fresh garlic is a two-second process.

  • Bellemain Sheet Pan


    Sheet pan meals are the easiest thing in the universe. The recipe is basically "throw stuff on sheet pan and bake." Made of extra-thick aluminum so it's extra durable and won't warp. 

  • Farberware Nonstick Muffin Tin


    We love this nonstick muffin tin because it really means the nonstick part. And don't feel limited to making muffins in it -- there are tons of great muffin tin recipes for healthy, savory breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. 

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