Today's gift: Fagor pressure cooker
Yes -- a pressure cooker makes a great gardening gift. If you're a regular reader of my column, I don't have to tell you how I feel about tomatoes. And with more than a hundred Newsday readers participating in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge each year, some of whom grow hundreds of tomato plants in their backyards, I can attest there's a need for canning supplies on Long Island.
This set gets it right, providing everything tomato lovers need to enjoy their harvest all year long: A 10-quart pressure cooker, jar lifter, jar wrench, magnetic lid lifter, stainless-steel funnel, stainless steel ladle, canning rack, bubble freer and a cookbook with a step-by-step instructions and more than 30 recipes. $159.95 at Burpee.com.
You can also use it to can applesauce, fruit butter and just about anything else you grow or pick up at the farm stand. As a bonus, I use mine to cook pot roast, chili, "BBQ" pulled pork and more in about a quarter of the time it would take to cook conventionally. Four-minute rice, anyone?