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Interest Always Stirring In Kitchen Gifts

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - A gift for the kitchen is always in good taste; whatever the major "life event"-a new home purchase,
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a wedding or going off to college.

"Whether it's for a semi-professional chef or a college student that depends on the microwave and delivery service, everyone with access to a kitchen needs a few 'basic' cooking accessories," said Kristy Schultz, product manager, Rubbermaid. Here are some quick ideas:

Off to School - The Essentials

College students aren't expected to do much cooking in the dorm. But even macaroni and cheese or pizza needs assistance. Some useful gadgets for college students include a pizza wheel, tongs, spatulas, spoons and turners.

Look for kitchen accessories with angled, nonslip handles for easy grip or ones that can be collapsed for easy storage.

First Apartment/Weddings

The next years feature young adults moving into their first apartment, graduating college and even attending wedding showers. In this stage, many people have already accumulated the essential kitchen accessories, but may need a few new items, such as:

  • Ice cream scoop
  • Pasta scoop
  • Slotted turners/spoons
  • Ladle

Look for accessories that are functional and efficient. Some of the newer measuring cups feature corner-step measurements, making them easier to read and use than traditional side-of-cup printing.

"Rubbermaid designed an innovative feature called CleanRest, which elevates the end of its ice cream scoop, spoons, turners and other accessories above the counter, making less of a mess on the countertop and providing a better cooking experience," Schultz said.

Housewarming - The Experienced Cook

New homes provide a per- fect opportunity to give more advanced kitchen accessories, including peelers, graters or pastry brushes.

These accessories are notoriously some of the hardest items to clean. Look for utensils with easy-to-clean features, such as an opening above the blades of the peeler to allow water to run through, graters that fold flat for dishwasher use and brushes with caps to protect the bristles when being stored in a drawer.

If you're not sure what someone already has or needs, the easiest gift could be a kitchen accessory set, which provides a great selection of utensils. Rubbermaid offers an 11-piece kitchen set that includes a nylon spoon, nylon turner, extendable tongs, whisk, peeler, ice cream scoop, pizza wheel, measuring cups and spoons, spatula and top-view measuring cups.

"All these products are not only functional, but easy to use, clean and store," Schultz said. "These attributes appeal to anyone, no matter what their age or cooking experience level."



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