Cooking Tools

Mix & Measure Bowl Set

Mix your ingredients with this bowl set and you’ll have no need for measuring cups. Made of melamine with a wide spout for pouring, these two bowls have a non-skid bottom and nest to save space in your cabinets. The larger bowl measures up to 90 oz. (or 2.5 ltr) while the smaller measures up to 34 oz. (1 ltr).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Funnel Friends

Add these ‘friends’ to your kitchen and be amazed at their various uses. Scooping, serving, funneling, filling, pouring, you name it, they’ll help you with it. The medium container has interior marks for measuring (each 1/4 C.) while the larger container doubles as a pitcher. The small works as an excellent funnel for transferring dry goods or liquids into smaller containers. And, of course, the three funnels nest to save space. So smart.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $41.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Beater Whisk

So smart. This whisk by Ding3000 can be folded together to save space in your kitchen drawer. A small ring serves as the opening and closing mechanism and can be used to hang the whisk as well. Looks like it would be easy to clean (it’s nylon), and, if that’s not enough for you, check out all the colors available: white, grey, light blue, nude, lavender, pink, mint and dark blue.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: gretelhome.com

Aroma Mortar and Pestle

Do you recognize a certain designer’s hand in the design of this mortar and pestle? Perhaps if you note the rounded forms… similar to the iconic Ball and Bubble Chair? Yep, it’s Eero Aarnio. Alessi has made the Aroma Mortar and Pestle in stoneware, with a notable thick body and a cylindrical pedestal. The Pestle features a round handle (= comfortable) and an oval pestle (which keeps it from rolling around on the counter) with a matte finish for more effective use.

Mortar with pestle in stoneware.
DIA 4″ H 4.25″

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: emmo home

Pie Kitchen Timer

I don’t know about you, but I certainly prefer a manual kitchen timer to a digital one. There’s something nice about the visual aspect of time that makes sense to me, and that’s why this timer stands out. The top half twists to the required amount of minutes/seconds with a classic bell alarm when time is up. Plus, there’s no batteries needed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: A+R Store

Normann Copenhagen’s Whisk

No, it’s not one of those head massager thingamajigs, it’s a whisk. Design duo LucidiPevere upgraded the materials to durable bamboo and plastic, and the result is most certainly lovelier (if a whisk can be lovely) than the metal version in most of our kitchens. Other colors below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: A+R Store

Vermont Rolling Pins

Rolling pins aren’t the sort of thing to demand admiration, but in the case of these beauties, I’d say otherwise.

From left to right:
The Shaker, $75.00-$94.00
The Flame, $64.00-$80.00
The Monster, $75.00-$94.00
The Modern, $64.00-$80.00
The Column, $45.00-$56.00
The Beehive, $64.00-$80.00
The French Rolling Pin, $45.00-$56.00

Thanks Cyndi for the link!

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 and up
Available from: Vermont Rolling Pins

Link by Studio Dreimann

So smart! This little silicone thingy transforms your cutlery into a a pair of tongs or salad servers. It can also act as training wheels for chopsticks, but that would look pretty silly in a restaurant so only do that at home.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £9.90
Available from: Theo

Norm Architects Cookware Set

This 9 piece stackable cookware set by designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn is smart. It’s a combination of their 4-piece Carving and Serving Set with the 3-piece Cool Bowl Set, and, as you can imagine, there’s all sorts of combinations to fit your needs. Chill foods, warm foods, or use each piece separately, no matter what you choose to do, you’ll have the right cookware to do it. And, it all stacks neatly away when you’re done.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.90
Available from: MODULE R

Flow Measuring Cups

These stoneware measuring cups are probably best suited for a weekend cook who has the time to use measuring cups without handles. I’m not sure how practical they are but I do think they’re lovely. Since I barely cook or bake I’d be fine using them, but they may not be suitable for someone that spends a lot of time in the kitchen.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: West Elm

Click ‘N Cook Spatula System

Hmm, take a look at these kitchen utensils. You’re seeing a modular spatula system sourced from Quirky, which features several attachments that snap into a universal handle and are released by clicking the button. Not being all that adept in the kitchen, I’m not sure of the pros and cons, but it does appear to be a good idea.

Included in the set: storage block, ergonomic handle, and five detachable spatula heads.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MODULE R

Menu Steam Tower

Similar to bamboo asian steamers, this tower can cook fish, meat, vegetables in the oven at the same time. Steaming preserves natural vitamins and minerals, so you’ll have a healthier meal too. A recipe book by Chef Morten Koster is included.

Also available from Scandi Living for £59.95.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: arrango design

Trio Herb Pot

From our archives (originally published March 14, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

I can picture this quite clearly upon my kitchen windowsill.

“Scandinavian in its simple, unadorned and practical design, this ceramic pot is an ingenious way of enjoying fresh herbs much like flowers: Insert a bunch in the enlarged opening, and keep hydrated by pouring water into the corner hole. The broad base ensures that all those little stalks have access to water, while allowing air to circulate so herbs keep from becoming limp and waterlogged. Easy to take apart for cleaning.”

15.75″ l x 5″ w

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: A+R Store

Boomerang Wok

If you love stir-frying your food, check out this Boomerang Wok by Nikolai Carels. The unique cupped edge allows for you to turn/stir your ingredients with a simple movement while reducing possible mess. Smart, right? Now we just need some product reviews to confirm it works well.

Designed by Nikolai Carels
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Purchase Information:

Price: €79.00
Availability: Buy Boomerang Wok here

Royal VKB Herb Garden

Organize all your fresh herbs together in one spot, with scissors at the ready to cut however much you need.

Material: Melamine
Dimensions: 15.4″ x 6.9″h x 4.5

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Royal VKB Herb Garden here