Meat Your Maker

While simply slapping meat onto a pan and sticking it into fire is most satisfying to our primal urges, taking the time to properly prep, inject with flavor and cook to a controlled temperature can lead to a better meal, no matter the time of year. And with the holidays upon the table, here are some great gift ideas for the carnivore in your life.


meat gadgetsIn the world of meat, you aren’t going to get very far without a knife. Wüsthof Gourmet three-piece starter knife set includes the most essential knives in any kitchen—a 4 ½-inch paring knife, an 8-inch chef’s knife and an 8-inch bread knife. Made in Germany from a family of knife-makers dating back to 1814, the stamped blades are made of high-carbon stainless steel for durability with an exceedingly sharp edge, while the handles are triple-riveted for a secure grip.

Available for $129.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

Microplane Meat Tenderizer

Make your cuts of meat beg for mercy without waking up your neighbors or scaring the family dog. This gadget rocks back and forth across the meat to improve taste and texture with sharp, etched blades to break down and soften the fibers of the toughest, most stubborn pieces of meat.

Buy at for $14.99.

Cast Iron Skillet

Sure, you can purchase a 12-inch cast iron skillet for about $20 at Target and sear meat to your heart’s content, but why do that when you can get extra fancy with skillets from Finex ranging in price from $125 to $270. A good cast iron skillet is the most versatile pan you will ever own, so buy one that will remain useful through generations long after you’re gone.

Buy from the manufacturer at

Meat Grinder

The LEM Products stainless steel electric meat grinder is pound-for-pound the best grinder on the market. This professional grade, heavy duty behemoth takes up lots of space, but there is no better choice for a little weekend meat grinding or keeping the family sated with home-ground meat. This reliable monster is the Cadillac of grinders, standing up to all meats, bones and sinew—and will quickly become a family heirloom that ends up paying for itself for years to come.

Normally a hefty price tag of $450, is currently running a special for $380.

Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer is an essential for any kitchen. This digital thermometer by Bawale gives an instant reading on the easy-to-read LCD display. The long probe can get to the heart of any dish and you can always rely on the highly accurate sensor that can measure between -58~572℉ (–50 and 300℃).

Find it on Amazon for $7.99.

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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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