This weekend I realized, way too late, that I didn’t have any dish towels that were clean. After this realization, I thought about all the small things in a kitchen that you forget about, until you need them, like said dish towels, or a measuring cup, or knife sharpener. It’s easy to get great knives or cookware, but what about the extra stuff? Well, here’s a bit of a checklist.
Baker Stripe Dish Towels, Set of 4, $20 at Anthropologie: Getting a set of four (or more) dish towels is a great way to keep your kitchen clean and your unnecessary waste production at zero.
Knife Sharpener, $15 at Material: This lightweight, pull-through sharpener is tiny, but mighty and will keep even your oldest knives like new.
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 10-Piece Set with Cooling Rack, $42 on Amazon: A set that includes baking dishes, cookie sheets, and a cooling rack is a must, even if you don't bake that often.
Microplane Premium Series Zester/Grater, $15 at Bed, Bath & Beyond: What started as a woodworking tool is, in my opinion, best used to zest citrus, grate garlic or ginger, sprinkle parmesan cheese, and more.
PL8 Professional Mandoline, $60 at Bed, Bath & Beyond: As someone that cries cutting even a shallot, a mandolin is a practically tear-free way to cut onions, but it obviously does much more than that.
Rabbit Citrus Juicer, $15 at Crate and Barrel: Whether for cocktails or Crock Pots, a citrus press is a versatile necessity for adding a punch of flavor to a dish.
OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup, $8 on Amazon: A measuring cup measures liquids like water and oil, while measuring spoons are for solids like flour, sugar, or salt.
Lovely Baking Rolling Pin Set, $48-$120 at Food52: A rolling pin with guides basically does all the work for you, so you're not eyeballing dough thickness.
OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt, $15 at Bed, Bath & Beyond: Don't resort to wrapping dish towels around your hand and hoping for the best.
Crucible Silicone Handle & Potholder Grip Set, $15 on Amazon: These small pieces of silicone will make handling even the hottest cast iron skillets a piece of cake.
10-Piece Tempered Glass Nesting Mixing and Prep Bowl Set, $30 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond: Glass bowls in multiple sizes will come in handy, not only for baking, but for prepping (and serving) your meals.
Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler 3-Pack, $8 on Amazon: You may think you can survive by just using your knife. Think again.
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