Over the past year, my kitchen has become a testing ground for referral potentials. Every week I could put a new dutch oven or a new frying pan on my stove, experimenting with durability, ease of use and overall design. Sometimes I’ll just brown a dusting of flour to test for uniform heat conduction. Other times, I’ll crack egg after egg in a hot, dry pan to see how its non-stick coating holds up. (Don’t worry: I eat all of those eggs when I’m done.) I’ve even been known to bring a hammer or heavy cans of beans to products to test their durability.
Here are my favorite recommender approved kitchen items. Those who remain proven and who have passed my multitude of tests.
Caraway ceramic coated cookware
For a regular working set of pots and pans, Caraway’s candy-colored ceramic coated cookware is the best set I’ve tried. The brand, which announced a fundraiser of $ 5.3 million in 2020, has taken its aesthetics-driven approach to cookware, hobs and other cookware. But his hero product remains the star of the show, in my opinion. Pans are excellent: they heat up quickly and evenly, are sturdy and stylish, and come with flat lids that take up minimal space. But it’s the detail that went into storage that makes Caraway quite different. The four-piece set comes with magnetic grills (which can be separated and spread over the shelves) and a fabric cover bracket, which can be hung from a cabinet or pantry door for easy access .
Signature Spicewalla Blends
Many spices go through my test kitchen. I love them almost all. The sheer delight of Burlap & Barrel is unbeatable. (Seriously, try the Black Urfa Chili and Cured Sumac, and you’ll understand.) But when it comes to everyday goodness, I’m always looking for that cheerful box of Spicewalla mixes. Hosted by James Beard-nominated Chef Meherwan Irani who also runs the company, the rainbow-colored spice boxes feature perfectly proportioned blends for one-step meals. As a mostly vegetarian (who very occasionally eats fish), it’s essential to prepare easily accessible protein to keep my meals balanced and filling. Any of the mixes in this box work great with chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, choose your herbal poison. It’s a quick roast or open-air fry for a tasty and nourishing meal in just minutes.
Our Place knife trio
I’m no master of knife skills, so when Our Place, known for their famous skillet on Instagram (which we’ll come back to next), released a set of beginner-friendly knives, I was intrigued. The result is three well-balanced and exceptionally sharp knives that are specially grooved to position your hand in the correct grip and posture while slicing and dicing. Every time I use one of the three – a chef’s knife, a serrated slicing knife, and a paring knife – I feel like a pro. And I swear my dice skills improved as a result.
Our Place Always Pan
I was quite skeptical of Our Place’s Always Pan. When I reviewed the company’s Perfect Pot (also awesome) earlier this year, I noticed that the Always Pan had been making the rounds on social media, and some of the early adopters are now complaining that the dish loses its shine after a few uses. My Always Pan is about a year old now and has suffered the same bumps and burn marks, but isn’t that kind of the point? As any owner of a decades-old Dutch oven knows, imperfections mean the pan or pot is doing its job. My Always Pan is the most wanted item in my kitchen. I like the double handles and the spoon rest. Its nonstick has never failed me. It has a nice domed lid with a crevice for easy ventilation. The steam / colander function is very useful. It has gained a permanent place on my stove — scorch marks and everything.
Dutch oven Misen with grill cover
Misen launched its dual-use Dutch oven following a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $ 4.2 million to bring the cookware to life. This is a sublime dutch oven – lightweight, extremely durable (trust me: I have dropped cans on the pot’s virtually non-stick enamel from a height on several occasions and haven’t seen a ding yet) and heats completely and evenly. The lid is my favorite feature: unlike most Dutch ovens, Misen’s lid comes with a side handle rather than a top knob, so it can sit flat against a burner. The lid also has grooves and the same non-stick coating, so it doubles as a grill pan. The oven also comes with a lightweight silicone lid for storing leftovers.
ReBoard kitchen cutting boards
I love my Material Kitchen ReBoard cutting boards. I never knew the true value of a reliable, everyday cutting board until I got a simple, easy to clean one. The material’s board is thin and light but still sticks to a stainless steel board. It cleans itself between jobs and can be thrown in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning. It’s also made from scraps of plastic and sugarcane, and comes in two great sizes for brewing. (The mini is great for odd jobs and solo dining.) At $ 35, it’s the perfect housewarming or hostess gift, so I recommend refueling before the holidays.
Brightland Olive Oil
Maldon Sea Salt haunted my 20s as a tasteful scorer, even when you’re perpetually broke. It was an affordable way to elevate any meal and signal that my palette had matured beyond the gritty table salt of my youth. In my thirties, my favorite product was olive oil. I became fascinated with how an exceptional olive oil slick can transform a sauce, a roasted vegetable or even just an avocado toast in the late morning. After trying many brands, I landed on Brightland, with its smart and thoughtful sourcing approach. I alternate between her magnificent signature oil duo: Awake, a rich and herbaceous finishing oil; and Alive, a light and shiny oil for dressings and baked goods.
Balmuda the toaster
The Balmuda Steam Toaster was one of the first items I tested for Recommemender. The glorious little contraption is the invention of avant-garde Japanese homeware brand Balmuda. It may look like a sleek toaster oven, but it’s so much more. Add a thimble of water into the slit-shaped opening at the top and watch your pastry wrap in steam as the heat circulates. The result is a bread that tastes softer and fresher, even if it is a few days old. Pizza mode draws an extended hot flash during the last few seconds of the cook cycle, resulting in a chewy crust and a gooey, golden top. It quickly became my go-to for reviving stale bread, day-old pastries and bagels, and pizzas that seem to be past their prime.
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