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Misc Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Scrubbing Cloth

No, it’s not food, so don’t try to eat it. Actually, it is food, but in a recycled sense, so you could try to eat it but it probably wouldn’t do any favors for your tastebuds. They’re kitchen scrubber cloths; they’ll clean up messy dishes without detergent and I’m assuming they’re friendlier to the environment than the plastic alternative. (Let’s be honest here, how many of you would try the taste just out of curiosity? Hmm? What if I gave you $5? Maybe then?)

The natural abrasives in these scrubbing cloths make for a resiliant kitchen utility. No detergent is needed for use, though a tiny dab of soap can be applied for the greasiest of dishes. The scrubbing cloth can be used for several months, gets curlier and softer with use and resists odor and bacteria.

The yellow coarse scrub is made from recycled corn cobs while the red gentle scrub is made from peach pits.

Designer: Hiroki Hayashi, 2008

$11.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $11.00
Availability: Buy Kitchen Scrubbing Cloth here

Tovolo Silicone Perfect Ice Cube Trays

If your attention to detail extends to the shape of ice in your drink, you might appreciate these silicone trays.

The Tovolo perfect cube ice cube trays eliminate messy ice shards melting on your counters and floors. And, they keep your drinks looking perfect.
* Perfect Cube Ice Cube Trays are made from food-grade Silicone, so they won’t absorb odors and colors.
* Cubes pop out perfect every time.
* Sold in sets of two trays of the same color.

Set of 2, $13.99, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $13.99
Availability: Buy Tovolo Silicone Perfect Ice Cube Trays here

Aurea Dish Rack

Make doing the dishes a little more pleasant with this dish rack by Ernest Perera.

Aurea is a stylish, ingeniously space saving dish rack. Aurea won the Maison & Objets and Elle Décor’s “les Découvertes” award and was first featured in “Elle à table” magazine before catching the editors’ eye at Wallpaper* and Dwell.

Designer: Ernest Perera
Ivory model in stock. Other finishes (wengue, zebra, tiger, light oak, orange, grey) available as special orders.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Availability: Buy Aurea Dish Rack here

Ovopur’s Ceramic Water Filter

Uh, I might care about my water quality, but I think the price tag of this filter might be more at home in an office setting than my kitchen. That said, it looks pretty darn good for an updated (and improved) water cooler/filter.

Up to 11 liters of tap water is filtered and revitalized with the reusable, multilayer Aquacristal filter cartridge, which removes chemicals and organic pollutants. Water starts with an Activated Carbon layer, neutralizing taste and smell, it absorbs 99% of pharmaceutical residues, phenols, and other nasty elements. Next is the at a layer of KD455, a powder of copper alloy and ultra pure zinc to neutralize 99% of the chlorine, lead and other heavy metals, while fighting buildup of bacteria, algae. Through the third layer water passes through Quartz Crystal, an energy amplifier and conductor that is used to remove any lingering impurities. Lastly, the Microporous Bioceramics absorbs any remaining chemical and organic residues, while active MBs soften and revitalize water by reducing molecules—which ensures maximum hydration for the end user, helps stimulate blood circulation and detox while preventing oxidation. The Results? Delicious! And the ceramic vessel looks irresistible, too.

Holds up to 3 gallons of purified water.
Size: 11″ w x 14″ d x 26″ t

$895.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $895.00
Availability: Buy Ovopur’s Ceramic Water Filter here

DWR Kitchen Basics

If you’re missing any kitchen basics, you might consider DWR’s offerings, as they all look entirely unoffensive. (Has anyone bought the water pitcher? If so, does it work? Please click on title to comment.)

Water Pitcher: $25.00 – $85.00, Buy it here.

Herb Pot: $30.00, Buy it here.

Louella Glass Butter Dish: $25.00, Buy it here.

Steamer Set 1.5 L and 3 L: $155.00, Buy it here.

Ice Cream Scoop, $22.00, Buy it here.

Measuring Cup/Juicer: $30.00, Buy it here.

More information:

View DWR Kitchen Basics here

Compact Dish Rack and Sink Mat

If you’re short on counter space, you certainly don’t want your dish rack to be huge. This 7″x4″ dishrack will do the job in half the space of a regular sized one. If that’s still pushing it too far, maybe go with a sink mat instead.

Compact Stainless Steel Dish Rack, $27.00, Buy it here.
Endurance Stainless Steel Sink Mat, $13.50, Buy it here.

Pot and Pan Rack – Produce

Whoa, if I had an empty wall in my kitchen, I’d certainly want this there (as well as the $2,800 it would take to buy it). It looks like the hooks are located near the outer edge to accommodate larger pan sizes.

Reclaimed pine, steel, magnet
7″h x 60″w x 7″d

$2,800.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,800.00
Availability: Buy Pot and Pan Rack – Produce here

‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ Sponges

I bet many of you can identify with Mr. Seifer and his feelings on dishwashing.

I need patience and fortitude to do my dishes.
Here in New York City I don’t have a dishwasher and my sink is really small.
Sponges arrive flat and expand in water. This is very entertaining to watch. Great for parties. You will receive two identical sponges. They read “patience” on one side and “fortitude” on the other.
Made in USA. –Reed Seifer

2 by 4 inches (5 by 10 cm.)

2 sponges: $8.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ Sponges here

Faucet Fountain

For those of you who prefer to not grab a glass when thirsty, this contraption will make your life a little bit easier.

turns a faucet into a drinking fountain
easy to install, just slip it on
does not interfere with normal faucet use
use in kitchen or bathroom
fits faucets approximately .75″ diameter
plastic

1.5″w x 2.5″ d x 1.5″h

$3.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Kitchen Sink Brush (Gold Tooth)

Ha. I kind of love this.

“A Kitchen Sink Brush bound to make you smile while doing the chore no one likes…Made in a former school for the blind, the company now employs blind people to produce these extraordinary and function brush items. Made in Germany.”

3 in. W x 3.5 in. H when stacked

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Kitchen Sink Brush (Gold Tooth) here

Nest (kitchenware)

This set of very colorful kitchenware nests together to save space.

The ultimate collection of practical kitchenware, ‘Nest ‘ is available in a choice of two different sets and includes all the everyday essentials, from non-slip mixing bowls to juicer and measuring cups, all of which nest together, taking up minimal space. Not to mention it looks great too, together or apart.

Designer: morph
Size: 12.8″ x 10.2″ x 5.3″

$57.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $57.00
Availability: Buy Nest (kitchenware) here

Kuro Cube

You gotta love something that absorbs odors and only needs a little bit of sun to ‘reactivate’ its powers…(sounds like a superhero).

Kuro Cube reduces the refrigerator odor
and gives a healthier environment.
Kuro Cube adsorbs gasses and odor
to keep the food fresh longer.
Kuro Cube is made of powdered White Charcoal
and is active for years. Give it a sunbath every now and then to reactivate its powers.

Dimensions: 3″ x 3″ x 3″

$45.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
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fingertongs™

Check out this new kitchen gadget from Fusion Brands:

Heat-resistant silicone fingertongs™ allow you to safely cook with your hands. Controlled flipping and grasping of food while cooking is easy with the flexible fingertongs.

$18.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $18.00
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Ice Orb

This cooler-slash-icemaker is brilliant.

The world’s first vertical ice tray! It chills. It serves. It stores. The Orb makes 21 ice cubes, and stores another 51 within its removable inner bucket. Or use it to keep bottles or homemade ice cream and other goodies cold. It’s airtight so it keeps contents odor free.

Size: 6″ dia x 5″ t

$16.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Ice Orb here

Ornamented Metal Lace Drain

I love it when someone rethinks something so completely ordinary.

Finally, a product that actually makes you want to look into your old sink drain. Made out of hand-forced and laser-cut stainless steel, The Ornamented Life has created this otherwise utilitarian metal drain with a lace print bringing beauty into the kitchen or bathroom.

Manufacturer: The Ornamented Life, Netherlands
Designer: Joana Meroz
Color: Silver
Size: 2 3/4″ diameter

$100.00,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Availability: Buy Ornamented Metal Lace Drain here