Cooking Tools

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Stencils

That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day, and for that reason only do you get bombarded with red and heart shaped things that you must purchase in order to appease the gods. Here’s cupcake stencils that are red (ding!) and heart shaped (ding! ding!). There, we did our part.

Decorate cupcakes, cappuccino and other goodies with sprinkles of cocoa, decoratifs, colored or confectioner’s sugar in six different heart motifs.

Set of six stencils. 4″Wx2.75″H

$5.95 $2.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $2.95
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Poach Pods

If you love poached eggs, but hate the poatching, these handy pods will make your day.

The PoachPod is a flexible silicone cooking tool for poaching eggs, baking and molding. The PoachPod allows you to float and poach an egg in boiling water like a lily pad on a pond. When the egg is ready, flip the non-stick pod inside out and gently push the perfectly domed-shaped egg out. Place the pod in the dishwasher for easy clean up…Also perfect for chocolate, puddings, flan, cakes and more.

Set of 2: $9.99, Buy it here.
or Set of 4: $19.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $9.99
Availability: Buy Poach Pods here

Homo Sapien Tool

I think it’s appropriate to say we’ve come full circle, considering we can now purchase a more sophisticated version of a stone for multitasking in the kitchen.

Marie Garnier designed these beautiful sandstone Homo Sapiens that can be used as a knife sharpener, crushing or grinding stone (pestle).

2.75″ x 2″ x 6.5″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Availability: Buy Homo Sapien Tool here

Wooden Kitchen Spoon

I’m not much of a cook, but I have spent enough time in front of a stove to realize that this spoon would be a convenient thing to have.

Side by Side Tipping cooking spoon with weighted end

$35.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $35.00
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Steamer Basket

My favorite items are simple, beautiful, and functional…all of which apply to this basket.

“When we found this steamer basket we each thought, wow, cool basket, what is it for and then each of us came up with a variety of things to do with it: holding papers, fruit basket, beautiful object for the shelf, steaming food etc. Technically it is designed for steaming food by placing it in a pot with a small amount of water underneath, just as one would with any steamer. It is also nice for serving tempura with a small white paper between the basket and the tempura. We can think of a 100 ways to use this basket and are certain you will too. At the end of the day it is a beautiful object that takes on many applications.”
-Alisa Grifo, founder Kiosk

Materials: Bamboo

$45.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $45.00
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Birthday Cake Mould

I like the idea of this ‘happy birthday’ cake mold, though I guess you’d have to leave off the frosting?

This food grade silicon mould creates the cake that says it all. Non-stick silicone bakeware. Oven safe to 570 degrees C. Dishwasher safe. Microwave safe. Freezer safe.

Designer: Sam & Jude
Dimensions: 8.5″dia x 2.16″H

$35.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $35.00
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Hola Ola No 1

This looks like such a handy thing to put all sorts of food stuffs in.

A pre-molded soft silicone pot, 2″ wide and 3.5″ high (50 x 87 mm) that you squeeze, it opens, you fill it, you release the pressure, it closes. You need it? Squeeze it, it opens, a little shake and it pours, release it and it closes again. So smart.

Colors: Black, Lilac, Transparent – sold out, White, Yellow

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Hola Ola No 1 here

Keru Keru

I’m not one to claim I know my way around the kitchen, but I can honestly say that this looks to be pretty handy.

Just transfer your liquids into the bottle, a flick of the wrist has the liquid in the cap and you are perfectly positioned to transfer perfect amounts into what ever you are cooking up. Whether it’s hot or cold, they work like a charm and because they are glass and silicone, they love your dishwasher and exit in pristine condition…

Colors: Soy Brown, Chili Red, Kalamata Olive, Milky White

$20.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $20.00
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Scanwood’s 11 Beechwood Kitchen Tools

11 kitchen tools for 55 bucks…seems like a good deal to me.

Scanwood designs simple, strong everyday living products with an instantly recognizable Scandanavian aesthetic. In business since 1919, it cuts products from renewable wood resources such as the beechwood used here. These 11 essential kitchen tools light and durable…and gorgeous: spatula, stirrer, tongs, perforated spoon, stirrer spoon, scraping spoon and two salad sets (small and large).

$55.00, Buy it here.

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No longer available.

Pasta and Parmesan Tool

If you eat pasta often, this might just make the task a little more streamlined.

Sagaform’s latest piece of Scandinavian design is a simple device which combines three kitchen tools in one. First, the handle end of the tool can be used for measuring out portions pasts, secondly the “fork” end of the tool is used to pick up your pasta and sauce, and finally you can grate your parmesan using the built-in grater. Simple and functional, another great-value item from Sagaform.

Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Pasta and Parmesan Tool here

Prepara’s Herb Savor

This has been on my list of things to post for weeks; the quick demise of some recently purchased herbs reminded me of it again.

Herbs last longer—up to three weeks–with this slim yet roomy storage case. Simply place your freshly cut herbs or asparagus stems in the removable stainless steel herb basket. Fill the base with water, and slightly submerge the ends in the water well. Prolongs their life while showcasing their natural beauty. Whether basil or mint, the perfect gift for any cook or cocktail mixologist.

Size: 11.25″t x 5.5″w x 2.75″d
Buy it here.

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Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Prepara’s Herb Savor here

Flexible Measuring Cups

This is an excellent improvement on measuring cups and the price seems entirely reasonable.

Made of translucent silicone, these nested measuring cups allow you to form a spout anywhere along the flexible rims for precise pouring. The textured surfaces provide a secure grip, and two clear measurement windows allow you to view the contents. The large size may also be used as a mixing bowl. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Set of three. Capacity: one, two, and four cups.

Designer: Ken LeVan, 2008
Size: Smallest: 4.5h x 2.75″diam; Largest: 6.75h x 4″ diam.

$23.40 Members, Buy it here.

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Price: $26.00
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Witches’ Kitchen

Hmm…does anyone else find the set of ‘extra hands’ to be a little bit creepy?

This extensive collection of kitchenware was inspired by the witches and wizards of Western lore. Originally designed by Tord Boontje, each piece was then handcrafted by artisans in one of three South American countries: Colombian artisans hand-molded the black ceramic cookware, Guatemalan craftsmen handcarved the wooden kitchen utensils, and Brazil’s Coopa-Roca women’s cooperative hand-sewed the kitchen couture. Infused with a strong sense of local tradition, this collaborative effort in sustainable design succeeds in preserving the folkloric nature of witchery… without, of course, any of the lingering stigma.

Saucepan & Lid/Bowl: $239.00
Casserole & Lid/Bowl: $369.00
Extra Hands: $329.00
Set of 6 Assorted Utensils: $769

Buy it here.

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Price: $239.00
Availability: Buy Witches’ Kitchen here

Jasper Morrison Kitchen Utensil Set

If a kitchen utensil set can be described as lovely, then this one is.

…his design for his 5-piece Kitchen Utensil Set culminates with different thickness along the laminated handle and has a modern catering feel. Beautiful and highly functional, the set comprises ladle, spoon,fork,spatula and skimmer, in a choice of satin or polished stainless steel.

[via Remodelista]

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Price: $115.00
Availability: Buy Jasper Morrison Kitchen Utensil Set here

Folding Colander

Space-saving kitchen gadgets are always a smart idea.

“Over 100 prototypes were made before the Folding Colander was finally perfected… but, given its space-saving capacities, it was well worth the wait! 12 polypropylene living hinges are incorporated in the design so that, when you put it away, it can be folded completely flat for easy storage. Looks like practice does make perfect after all…”

Flatt: 16.5″W x 12.75″L x 0.5″H
Folded: 10.5″W x 8.75″L x 5.5″H

Materials: Polypropylene

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Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Folding Colander here