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This might be an over-generalization, but nearly every man I know loves to cook. Some of these fellows are of chef caliber while others are mad scientists in the kitchen. These Father’s Day gift ideas are sure to please any man who loves to eat, cook, grill or read about food!
I’m willing to bet most people who eat pork love bacon. If your Dad is one of them, this is the quintessential gift for the man who likes to play with his food.
The Original Baconkit contains everything necessary to make 5 pounds of homemade bacon. The only fresh ingredient that needs to be purchased is pork belly.
The kit gives options for making basic cured bacon or maple bacon. It can be cooked in the oven or in a smoker. Bacon made with this kit is touted not to shrivel, shrink or release water when you cook it.
For the Dad who likes to impress, the Crepe Maker and Non-Stick 12″ Griddle by CucinaPro will add another showstopper to his bag of culinary tricks.
In addition to making crepes and blintzes, the aluminum plate can be used as a griddle for pancakes, bacon, eggs and more.
There are five temperature settings and the on/off light lets you know when the plate is hot enough. This gadget includes recipes and a batter spreader.
Choose the type of beer your Dad likes to drink and purchase the corresponding kit from Craft a Brew, which includes a 1-gallon glass carboy, funnel, food-grade tubing with thumb clamp, thermometer, rubber stopper, 3-piece airlock, racking cane for bottling your beer, a craft-beer brewing guide, malt extract, brewer’s grains, hops, yeast, sanitizer and a brew bag.
The company makes at least 15 recipe kits, including American Pale Ale, Sixpoint Resin IPA, Oak Aged IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, Hefeweizen, Brown Ale, Single-Hop IPA, Irish Stour, Hard Cider, O.G. Orange Golden, Gluten-Free Ale and more.
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Bring out Dr. Demento in your dad with this molecular gastronomy kit from Molecule-R. Now he can imitate the chefs who tinker with this culinary innovation. He can make chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam, tzatziki spheres, turn wine and other flavorful liquids into pearls, and more.
The kit includes five pre-measured food additives, five specialized molecular tools, and a 50-recipe DVD that makes molecular gastronomy easy and accessible.
“Skip the hangover, bake some bread” is the Soberdough company motto. I like that. Their many varieties include Apple Fritter, Sun-Dried Tomato, Green Chile Cheddar, the Classic and many more.
The website suggests which beers to pair with which mix. For example, standard beers like Bud or Michelob for the novice, craft beers for the enthusiast and club soda, carbonated water, nonalcoholic beers or sparkling cider for the teetotaler.
This product from Back to the Roots is ideal for the dad who doesn’t have time for a full-blown garden but loves the taste of fresh cherry tomatoes.
This virtually indestructible plant is grown in a self-watering jar (just add water once a week). The kit includes a glass olla, organic soil, organic cherry tomato seeds, organic bliochar and organic fertilizer spikes.
An olla (OY-yah) pot, traditionally made of unglazed clay, is an ancient device for growing plants in desert climates perfected by North African farmers thousands of years ago.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com has you covered. The Father’s Day offerings range from gourmet food items (cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, Godiva Chocolate, Fairytale Brownies to name a few) to practical gifts like golf-themed baskets, buckets of beer and more. And for the dad who loves to fish, why not a fishing creel stuffed with tasty treats, as pictured here?
The SteakChamp 3-Color pretty much takes the guesswork out of grilling a steak to perfection. The thermometer is inserted sideways into the raw meat and thrown on the grill. Then this gadget lets you know when your steak has reached medium rare, medium or medium well via an LED light that blinks red, yellow or green.
Multiple steaks? As long as they are the same thickness, just insert the thermometer in one steak and the rest will be cooked to the same degree. This disposable thermometer is good for up to 1,000 uses.
This is for the discriminating dad. According to the guys at Three Jerks, most jerkies are made from top or bottom round beef — the most overworked muscle in the cow. Not good. It’s flavorless and so tough you might lose a tooth biting into it. Beef tenderloin, or filet mignon, on the other hand, is like butter. It comes from the best part of the cow. That’s what Three Jerks Filet Mignon Jerky is made from. There’s the original Savory flavor plus Memphis BBQ Chipotle Adobo, Maple Bourbon Churro and Hamburger. Dad will love them. I know I do.
Lark Fine Foods bills their confections as cookies for adults. They’re perfect for the dad who likes something a little sweet but not cloyingly so. These cookies with flavors like Burnt Sugar and Fennel Shortbread, Mighty Gingers, Chocolate Cha Chas and many more fill the bill. They have a sophisticated taste with a hint of sweetness. The cookies have won two sofi Gold awards and four sofi Silver awards from the pretigious Specialty Foods Association. Need I say more?
And for the dad who likes a little bourbon with his sweets, the products from Matthews 1812 House are for him. Made with genuine Kentucky bourbon, the offerings range from cakes to cookies to the best-darn chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and blondies I’ve tasted. When I mean they are made with real, unadulterated bourbon, I mean it. None of the alcohol is cooked out, producing a mellow, adult taste. Other liquors, such as Cognac, are used and there are sugar-free, gluten-free and no-alcohol-added options as well.