Cooking Tools

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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Price: $72.00
Available from: MILL Mercantile

Star Spangled Spatula

Just how patriotic are you anyways? Enough to have your very own Star Spangled Spatula? I’m slightly surprised that no one has done this before, especially considering just how much patriotic stuff circulates around the July 4th holiday, but I’m also entirely pleased that the idea has been executed so well. Crafted of solid walnut and stainless steel, this spatula is, of course, hand fabricated by the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States: Lamson and Goodnow. Designed by Jacob Riley-Wasserman, a RISD educated designer from Greenwich, New Jersey.

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Areaware

Kobenstyle Casserole

It’s safe to say I’ve not cooked anything complicated, much less anything involving the word ‘casserole’, yet I’m certainly drawn to this bold red dish designed by Jens Quistgard. The handle design seems almost too (dare I say) pretty, but the weld points actually limit heat transfer. The lid can also be inverted for use as a trivet. And can you guess when it was designed? Was it a: 1923, b: 1956, c: 1972, or d: 2006?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Citrange Citrus Juicer

Update: The Citrange Juicer is now on sale for $9, half off its regular price of $18.

Smart! This double sided hand juicer has a built in funnel that filters out seeds and gets the juice straight into the glass. The larger rounded side is perfect for big oranges or grapefruits while the smaller (pointy) side works for lemons or limes. Looks like a great tool for the kitchen or bar.

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Price: $9.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cuissential SlickBoil

‘Cuissential Slickboil’ sounds more like a skin ailment than a tea kettle, but let’s forget that for the moment. It’s a collapsible, silicone tea kettle. Presumably this would be handy in a camping situation, but I’m more impressed with the fact that it looks good enough to keep around a small kitchen. Of course, wherever you use it, be careful that the flame doesn’t exceed the stainless steel base, or you’ll have a slightly melted mess.
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Price: $34.99
Available from: Amazon

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Iittala Tools Pots and Pans

What do you do when you’re serious about beautiful product design and have some money to burn in the kitchen? You snap up the Tools collection by Iittala, that’s what. Each piece features oversized handles and is made of stainless steel and aluminium. Prices of each piece below.

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Price: $136.00 - 405.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Marble Mortar and Pestle

Most cooks leave mortar and pestles out on the countertop to avoid lugging them in and out of cabinets, and seeing as they’re out for everyone to see, they might as well be nice to look at. Marble, as some of you might know, is an excellent material for a mortar and pestle as it does not absorb odors from foods and provides a perfect grinding surface. Each varies slightly.

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Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Happy Fourth of July

Here’s hoping you enjoy Independence Day. Have fun and don’t forget the sunblock!

Shown above:
Chef’n Barbeque Sauce Mop, $12.80
Chef’n Barbeque Turner, $14.16
Chef’n Barbeque Tongs, $15.18
Chef’n Barbeque Branch Skewer, $16.89

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Price: $46.99
Available from: Gilt

MINOTAKE Bamboo Collection

The pieces of the Minotake collection by Japanese furniture designer Koizumi Makoto and Kohchosai Kosuga are quite beautiful, so much so that it’s easy to forget that they’re simply eating and cooking utensils. Utilizing the “natural curvature, lightness and strength of bamboo”, the spoons and spatula are ergonomically friendly, which, sadly, is rare to find in today’s marketplace. While the smaller spoons don’t look exactly suitable for soup, they do look quite perfect for rice or risotto.
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Price: $13.00 - 18.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Oma Lemon Squeezer by Tonfisk

I won’t bother with the what-is-this question, because you’ve most likely seen the title. Incredibly cute and, more importantly, smart, this little guy will eliminate the lemon-juice-on-the-hands situation that always seems inevitable. Also, the black version is on sale for $30 at greenergrassdesign, fyi.

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Price: $58.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

OXO 4 Piece Grilling Set

Start the grilling season off right with this 4 piece grilling set by OXO. The set includes a turner, tongs, silicone basting brush and hook- all made from stainless steel with wood handles. Plus, all 4 tools feature retractable hanging hooks that you can slide out of sight when not needed. Handy.

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Price: $49.99
Available from: OXO