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Kitchen Accessories

Nest Mortar and Pestle

Uh-oh, if you like the Nest Mortar and Pestle from Pat Kim, you’d better snap one up right this very second, because there’s only four available. The mortar actually houses the pestle in its base, keeping it tucked away until use. Inspired by woodpecker nesting holes, it’s a smart solution for compact storage.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Japanese Porcelain Stacking Tools

My goodness, this stacking set packs quite the punch in tools. A mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder) all stack together for a unified system. So, don’t go running back to the kitchen to get whatever tool you need, bring the whole thing to the table for an impressive display of dinner prep right in front of your guests and/or family. They’ll be awed by your efficiency and skills (let’s hope for the best case scenario).
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle

Mortar and pestles are sculptural kitchen necessities, so they’re often found out on the countertop. Now, this particular Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle would be an absolute shame to hide away, because it’s plainly beautiful. It’s a functional object, to be sure, yet its elegant curves add just a hint of decoration. The white unglazed porcelain is effective for grinding spices and won’t get in the way of your minimalist tendencies.
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Price: $165.00
Available from: Herriott Grace

Chopping Blocks

Nice! These solid American Ash chopping boards are made from off-cuts. That means every circle, octagon, or square board you buy, you’re reducing the amount of wood that ends up in a landfill. Each block has a rope handle for convenient hanging for storage (or for swinging it around your head when you want to look crazy or dangerous).
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Abeego Food Wraps

You recycle everything, you minimize car travel, you try very hard to buy local foods, so why the hell are you still using plastic bags for food storage? Maybe you could take one tiny extra step and get some reusable food storage wraps.

The Abeego material is a hemp and cotton fabric infused with a blend of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil that keeps food fresh. What? Huh? How? Keep your pants on, and listen. When at room temperature, the cloth is slightly adhesive and malleable, and when it’s cool, it stiffens and holds the form you create. The natural coating is fluid and air resistant, and you just hand-wash in cold water to clean. There are a couple of drawbacks, though: no dishwasher or microwave use, and you might be accused of being a hippie. Maybe.
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Price: $15.00-18.00
Available from: ABEEGO

ButcherBlock by HollerDesign

These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

Hedley & Bennett Aprons

Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed to perfection (as you always are). Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.
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Price: $75.00 and up
Available from: Hedley & Bennett

Chopping Board Set

When you’re out on an adventure, there’s no reason to do without decent kitchen tools. This medium sized chopping board folds up and stores a knife inside, allowing you to prepare foods with ease on your picnic or camping trip. Does that mean you don’t have to suffer through soggy sandwiches? Yep, it sure does.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: Snowpeak

Aqua Sink Drainer Basket

Sometimes a dish drainer is unavoidable. Instead of settling for the normal/terrible options at the local big box store, please do consider this rather simple plastic option. Use it in the sink for soaking (saves water) and then set it up on the counter to drain (the drain may be repositioned in order to fit your particular layout).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Plastica

Canot Cutting Boards

A lovely cutting board, is it not? And it’s got an accompanying Canot Kitchen Brush especially suited to “scrape, scrub, clean and cut” those fruits and vegetables that are oh-so-good for that body of yours. Maybe with both the cutting board and brush you’ll be more inclined to fit those fruits and veggies into your daily meal planning. It’s worth a shot.
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Price: $66.00 - 75.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Hex Cutting Board

Shoot, I’m such a sucker for geometric anything. Simply facet the edges of an American Maple wood board and I’m already contemplating plonking down a credit card, no matter how many cutting boards already reside in my kitchen cabinets. Now, the faceted edges do make the board easier to pick up (on one side), so it is actually a functional feature as well as a stylistic choice.
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Price: $105.00
Available from: Field

Medamade Oil Dispenser

Oil is a finicky liquid; it really likes to escape its container at every opportunity. What to do? Get a better container, that’s what. The Medamade Oil Dispenser has a handy stainless steel lid that opens with gravity, thus keeping your fingers (and the dispenser’s sides) oil free. You’ll also learn a little science along with your salad, as the molecular structure of olive oil adorns the borosilicate glass.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Dwell Store

River Rock Cutting Boards

Smooth and rounded edges make these cutting boards a pleasure to use, as the organic shapes would fit well within your hands as you prepare and serve your snacks and meals. Each board is made using local wood, so you can be certain each board (or set) will be unique. They’d make a nice change from the regular, squared-off chopping block boards, especially as they look quite sculptural in a stack by themselves. You wouldn’t be crazy to leave them out on a shelf or countertop for visual appreciation.
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Price: $48.00 - 76.00
Available from: Scoutmob

Squeeze In Orange Squeezer

We could play the whole ‘what-is-it’ game, but you probably possess enough deductive reasoning to guess the function of at least the top part of this set. That’s right, it’s an orange squeezer. Don’t go thinking it’s palm-sized, though, it’s approximately 9″ tall, so it will handle all manner of freakishly large citrus. The dark oak wood juicer sits snugly into the ceramic vase when not in use. Bonus: it’s on sale (reg.$89).
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Price: $79.00
Available from: Gessato

Chops Cutting Boards and Knife Rack

Knives and cutting boards: two things that work together in the kitchen yet are often pulled from different spots. Chops combines the two, with a metal knife rack that holds two cutting boards upright for storage. Take off one board (or both) and you’ll see the simple black frame of the knife rack. After prep and cleaning, reset the boards on either side, and you have what appears to be just a slender wooden knife rack. Pretty handy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: ILoveHandles