If the mom in your life has a garden that supplies more bountiful produce than she can eat, if she’s an avid fisher or hunter, or if she just likes to DIY her snacks, she may enjoy an at-home food dehydrator. Drying food from scratch is a time-consuming endeavor, but it’ll let her control the ingredients that go into her dried foods. Of all the dehydrators we tested, the Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Dehydrator was the best at drying apples, beef jerky, onions, and fruit puree evenly. If Mom could use a little drying inspiration, a great accompaniment is The Dehydrator Bible, which Lesley Stockton (staff writer and author of our food-dehydrator guide) called “a good reference for newbies and seasoned food-moisture-suckers alike.”
During the pandemic, the opportunity for enjoying a meal cooked by someone else has been complicated but not eliminated: Outdoor dining persists, limited indoor dining has begun, and, of course, takeout remains a safe, delicious option that keeps all parties out of the kitchen. If you know your mom’s favorite restaurant, grab her a gift card from there. And if you think she’d like to try somewhere new, one idea given to us by Wirecutter editor Tracy Vence is a gift card to Black and Mobile, the first Black-owned food delivery service in the country to deliver exclusively for Black-owned restaurants in select cities (currently available in Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadelphia).