Cooking Tools

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus

It’s nearing stocking-stuffer time, and for $8, you can stuff your favorite cook’s stocking with this beech wood spoon with a handy silicone stylus end. If they use a tablet in the kitchen for following recipes, they’ll appreciate the combination, no doubt about it.
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Price: $5.96
Available from: CB2

Tahir Mahmood’s Mortar & Pestle collection

Ah-ha! Now you know what to get your favorite cook: a mortar & pestle that’s a work of art unto itself. Made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood, each mortar & pestle by Tahir Mahmood is hand shaped using the lathe turning technique. Once formed, each piece is coated with vibrant colors created with a sap-based resin. The collection was inspired by the Punjabi agricultural calendar, and I’d reckon that you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite amongst the eleven designs.
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Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Caviar 20

Hold Cookbook Holder

There’s a bunch of cookbook holders out there, but this stainless steel one has the advantage of a smaller size and a sizable heft that will hold any cookbook open. It fits perfectly across a book and into the binding, and, as an added bonus, it would store well alongside your other cooking utensils or you can even hang it on a nail if you prefer.

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Price: $34.00
Available from: Rare Device

Malle W. Trousseau Kitchen Set

What in the world? $5,800! That’s extraordinarily expensive for a set of kitchen tools, so you say. Yes, it is, but this set is the ultimate set, and you’ll see why in a second.

The Malle W. Trousseau is a collection of the very best utensils from around the world. Inspired by their daughter leaving home and needing her own kitchen items, French couple Isabelle Mathez and Frederic Winkler created this trousseau by selecting each item for its “unparalleled functionality, beauty, and quality.”

When you think about not needing to replace or add to the collection, perhaps ever, and that it would most likely last more than a lifetime, that price tag starts to make a lot of sense. More of the trousseau below.
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Price: $5,800.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Nest™ 100

Whether you’re just starting out or just starting to upgrade your kitchen tools, you’ll want to make note of this preparation set from Joseph Joseph. What’s included? Two mixing bowls with non-slip bases, a sieve, a large colander, and a set of five measuring cups (from 1 teaspoon up to 1 cup). The mixing bowls, sieve and colander are all made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel and they all stack neatly together to save space in your drawer/cabinet.

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Price: $100.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

Happy Fourth of July!

Wouldn’t your Independence Day grilling be very festive with this Star Spangled Spatula? Yes, you’ve seen it before, but buying it from Few & Far Company will leave a few more dollars in your pocket than the $65 price tag from Areaware. (And yes, it’s the very same one by Jacob Riley-Wasserman; it’s hand fabricated by Lamson and Goodnow, the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States.)

So, now it’s time to say happy fourth of July weekend to you and yours! Have fun, stay safe- don’t blow any fingers off playing with fireworks, etc.- and see you back here on Monday.

(Hat tip and a high five to Patrick for the price difference spot.)

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Price: $49.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

Italian Barbecue Tool Set

Well, aren’t we fancy with our Italian Barbecue Tool Set? Because a BBQ set from anywhere else just won’t cut it, or that’s at least what you’ll tell your guests the next time you’re grilling. Be sure to tell them you’re kidding after that snotty remark, or else they’ll not invite you over to their house where they have ordinary barbecue tools from an ordinary store because that’s where ordinary people shop. Made in Maniago, Italy, known for its artisan blacksmiths.

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Price: $219.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’ll return tomorrow with regularly scheduled posts.

Shown above: Star Spangled Spatula, now available in red, blue, black, or white, $10.00, in addition to the Stainless Steel and American Walnut version, $65.00.

Designer: Jacob Riley-Wasserman
Material: Nylon Resin
Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Rinse Bowl & Strainer

A rinsing bowl that has a strainer is different from just a strainer, right? Right. This bowl has a strainer ‘side’ that folds out to catch your pasta/fruit/veggies, so you can rinse and then strain out the water all in one bowl. Sort of smart, isn’t it? Also available in red and green/avocado.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

Chef’n SleekStor Collapsible Colander

When it comes to rinsing a handful of berries, grapes, or other small fruits/veggies, a large colander is a little too big, and my hands are always a little too small, as proved by the inevitable escape of three or four renegade berries/grapes. While one could choose to rinse smaller portions, I’m instead thinking a smaller colander will corral foodstuffs appropriately and make the rinsing ritual a little easier. My bet is on this smaller, collapsible colander from Chef’n.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Amazon

Dash 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

Instead of fumbling around for that one right measuring spoon, simplify things with this 4-in-1 spoon by Jordan Murphy. It efficiently combines all “spoon keys” in one unified body, making it a space-saving tool that’s quick and easy to clean. Available in smoke, avocado, and red.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: Umbra

Chopula

That’s Count Chopula* to you. This spatula allows you to keep your hand away from the heat while chopping food in a hot pan. The flexible, flat head slides easily under food for fast flips and a clever bend in the handle keeps it off countertops to reduce mess (and food contamination, if you’re going to get specific).
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Price: $15.95
Available from: The Spoon Sisters

Kitchen Grip

Hmm, this is a rather hi-tech oven mitt, isn’t it? Made of pliable neoprene (FLXaPrene, to be exact), this mitt repels stains and bacteria buildup and the textured surface gives you a good, safe grip. What else do you want in an oven mitt? Maybe to throw it in the dishwasher when it needs cleaning? Done. Your wish is granted.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Hang Around Cooking/Serving Set

These cooking/serving tools designed by Danish design firm KiBiSi have notches on the back so that they may gently rest on a pot or pan while you work. Made from white beech, they’re functionally minimal (or minimally functional?) as can only be expected from the manufacturer, Muuto.

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Price: $42.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Kaico Enamel Milk Pan

Who in the world needs a specialized milk pan? Pfft, not me, that’s for sure, especially after trying to heat up milk for a matcha latte yesterday. Yes, I said matcha latte, and yes, I’m aware that it’s a very easy recipe, but I somehow made a mess of things, and now I’m thinking that my counters would not have been splattered with green milky tea if the pan I used was smaller and had had a useful spout. If heating up milk is anywhere in your daily/weekly/monthly/seasonal life, this pan would be a treat to have on hand. The Kaico series has an enamel coating over steel which makes each piece durable and thermal-efficient. Also available in the series is the Kaico Coffee Pot $130, Kaico Kettle $140, and the Kaico Pasta Pan $190.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00
Available from: MILL Mercantile