Alibi V.27 No.48 • Nov 29-Dec 5, 2018 

Weekly Specials

Kitchen Gifts on the Cheap

Of course we’ll be the first to encourage you to buy your holiday gifts locally—but if you’re shopping for a home cook, we also want you to know that there are some pretty good deals to be had on cookware and kitcheny gifts on the internet these days. Like, really good deals. All the gifts here are under $25, and they’re sure to please. You’re welcome.

LAMPLIG cutting board

IKEA
$19.99

I saw this bamboo cutting board in a friend’s house a few years ago and knew I had to get one. The giant cutting surface is ideal if you’re cooking in big batches, and the little lip on the front end can hook onto your countertop to prevent it from moving around while you chop. I’ve come to rely on this thing so much for piling up ingredients in my half-assed mise en place routine that if you took it away from me, I don’t think I would know how to cook anymore. The best part, in my opinion: The nice big expanse of woodgrain covers up any unfortunate counter surfacing you might have. I know we don’t have an IKEA here, y’all—I ordered mine online. Pay the shipping. It’s worth it.

8-inch Chef’s Knife

Brandless
$3

I know every chef in the world is going to shout me down for saying that a $3 chef’s knife is worth anything, but here’s the wild truth of the matter: It’s a good knife. I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the multi-thousand dollar Santoku knives that people spend their whole lives learning to make or whatever, but I haven’t used one of those knives. Because I don’t have a few thousand dollars laying around. I have, though, used $25 and $50 and $70 knives, and I will heretically say that the Brandless chef’s knife stands up next to them. I know you still don’t believe me, but for $3 you can sure afford to find out for yourself.

Fermentation Crock

Ohio Stoneware
Multiple sizes: 1 gallon for $21.99; 2 gallon for $26.99; 3 gallon for $39.99; 5 gallon for $59.99

I can guarantee you that your sister or nephew or dad who loves to cook has really jumped onto the fermentation craze. Sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles—all that probiotic stuff is trending like mad right now, and the tools involved have inflated in price to match. Stoneware fermentation crocks are stupid expensive to order, mostly because they’re heavy and thus shipping costs a lot. So here’s a little hack for you: Ohio Stoneware crocks, available at Ace Hardware stores, are much more reasonably priced than most of the stuff you’re seeing on Etsy, or even Ebay. Like, a one gallon crock is only $21.99. If the store is out of the size you want, ask them to order you one—which will still save you the shipping cost.

3-Pack 3” Pinch Bowls

Cravings by Chrissy Teigan
$4.99

Don’t worry, I also didn’t know who Chrissy Teigan was until very recently. But apparently cooking is one of her things, so she now has this line of kitchen tools and plateware called Cravings that, frankly, all look cute as hell (and all available at Target). Pinch bowls are crucial for good mise en place when you’re following a recipe, especially while baking—and the different colors mean that you’ll remember which one is salt and which one is sugar. These stoneware bowls look way more expensive than they are, meaning you can also use them for sauces and dressings on the dinner table.