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Consumer Reports holiday gift ideas for foodies

Instant Pot, Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Convection Oven, sous vide are good buys

After testing hundreds of kitchen gadgets and appliances, Consumer Reports has released the best holiday gift ideas for 2017.

The popular Instant Pot is a great option for someone who loves to cook, as well as someone who just wants to make an easy one-pot meal.  

Instant Pot, which costs $99, has seven functions and can make large batches of yogurt, perfectly cooked brown rice, fall-off-the-bone slow-cooked meals and tender ribs.  

Even the most basic chef will find the Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Convection Oven easy to use. 

The oven, which sells for $260, has a convection setting, comes with an extra rack and pizza stone and delivers whether you're broiling or baking.

If you're looking for an appliance the pros use, you might consider a sous vide appliance.

"Sous vide cooking is a process where you vacuum-seal the foods and cook them in a hot-water bath," Consumer Reports home editor Paul Hope said. "It lets you cook foods to a perfect internal temperature wtihout overcooking them."

The $199 Joule has an app that is controlled by a smartphone. 

The $149 Anova can also be controlled by a smartphone, but the temperature can also be set  manually.

"The sous vide appliances we tested had different features, but we like the results from both, as long as you follow the directions," Hope said.

If you're considering buying pots and pans, Consumer Reports recommends the Cuisinart CastLite Non-Stick Pan.

The pan, which goes for $40, performs almost as well as pans that cost twice as much, Consumer Reports said.


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