We have to concede that Home Depot isn't as sexy as Sur La Table. That said, you can save a buck or two shopping here for items that can cost double or triple for a similar item in a kitchen shop. Here's a quick list of stocking stuffers for a home cook that cost less than a fiver.
5. Pizza Stone
Price: Less than $5
Use an unglazed quarry tile to get an oven supa-hot for baking pizza at home. For thickness, choose 1/2 inch to an inch-thick tile labeled under Home Depot's Saltillo's brand or Fireclay.
5. Bread Basket
Price: Less than $2 each
Pick up various sized terra cotta flower pots for tableware. Line smaller narrow ones with wax paper for finger foods --fried squash blossoms or french fries, for example-- and bigger ones for bread baskets.
3. Biscuit Cutter
Price: Less than $2
A piece of pvc pipe that's anywhere from 1.5 to three inches across can serve as a biscuit cutter, crab cake sizer, or cookie cutter.
I think tools like The Rabbit are completely asinine. Go old-school by winding a screw in a cork and using the claw on a hammer to remove it. At least it has a dual purpose.
1. Everyday Glassware
If restaurants serve up bourbon cocktails in Mason jars, you can too.
Have any other suggestions for hardware items as kitchen tools? Leave them in the comments.
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