Cooking every meal? You deserve new tools.
My lettuce, berries and herbs need to last at least a week so that I can avoid the grocery store while sheltering at home. I have added kitchen tools to keep produce fresh. These containers regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow to slow down wilting lettuce and spoiling berries. Set of three, $24.99.
This flat colander is genius. Produce gets rinsed and it takes up very little room in the dishwasher. It is made of co-polymer polypropylene. It is food-safe, dishwasher safe and boiling water safe. Flat colander $11.99.
I almost never use plastic bottles anymore – and I appreciate my lighter grocery bags without bottled water. This PUR 11 Cup Ultimate Water Pitcher fits well in my refrigerator door. This is what PUR claims:
- Certified by WQA (Water Quality Association) to remove 99% Lead; Removes 96% Mercury and 92% of certain Pesticides
- Reduces Chlorine (taste and odor) and more
- Filters up to 40-gal./640 8-oz. cups per filter, and lasts up to two months
I have been slow to embrace silicone for cooking because I had a vague sense that glass and stainless steel was safer for heating food. I am a convert to this updated, new, BPA free kitchen material. It is easy to store, easy to clean and does not require grease in the pan to release my baked goods.
These silicone molds say that they are safe for baking even at high temperatures. They are non-stick to release your cupcakes – and dishwasher safe. This Silpat muffin ‘pan’ requires no greasing and is made of premium fiberglass silicone mesh. $59
I like the Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8 x 16-1/2. $22.95 I put one in the bottom of my microwave and run it through the dishwasher if it gets dirty.
This silicone mold makes 12 bouchons – little chocolate cakes made famous by the Bouchon Bakery. $29.95
These two little silicone loaf pans make perfect teatime banana bread! 3″ x 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ high.
This six-cup silicone loaf pan with stainless steel reinforcement is made by Quebec based company Trudeau. Interior: 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3″ high. Full size silicone loaf pan. $22.95
Mrs. Anderson’s 9-inch silicone cake plan. $12.66
I like the look of this kitchen drawer organizer. The handles of utensils are easy to reach. $7.99 per section.
These four, reusable silicone storage bags are pure platinum silicone, non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe, reusable -and you can write on them. They have a pinch lock top – think Ziplock. They come in clear or aqua. The pack includes: one snack bag 4.5 x 7.5 x 1 inches, two sandwich bags 7 x 7.5 x 1 inches, and one half-gallon bag 10.25 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches. This four-pack of mixed size silicone bags is $49.99.
These sets of four flexible cutting boards are easy to store, easy to clean in the dishwasher, non-stick, BPA free, non-slip and come in different sizes. I use the red board for meat and save the others for produce. Set of four 11.5 x 14 cutting mats, $19.99.
Walk away from sauces and chocolate while they simmer on the stove. Push the button and this pot stirrer will rotate around your pan. Three speeds for sauce, oatmeal, soup, chocolate and more. Heat resistant up to 248 Fahrenheit (water boils at 212 degrees). The food-safe, nylon legs detach to go into the dishwasher. Comes in blue, grey or green. The Automatic pot stirrer. $19.95
I find myself drawn to tools for organizing and maximizing storage. These OXO pop-top containers store pasta, flour sugar and other dry ingredients and make them visible. You can tear off a label and store it with your ingredients for extra information. The square corners maximize your pantry space. To engage the airtight seal, push down the button in the middle of the lid. The Oxo five-piece container set is $49.95.
These Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers for your pantry get great reviews. They are freezer-safe, top-rack dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The snap lids make them waterproof, but they require two hands to close. Set of four containers with lids, $37.99.
Good-bye to plastic wrap. This set of five silicone lids from Food52 are versatile. They prevent splatter in the microwave, rest on top of bowls to keep food fresh in the fridge, stop splatter in the oven and keep food warm on the table. They form and airtight seal so stored food odors stay in the bowl. They even work on saucepans in place of metal lids. They are dishwasher safe, BPA and BPS free – and the knobs on top fit inside each other for easy storage. Set of five, airtight silicone lids, $40.
I avoid touching food unnecessarily, especially takeout deliveries. These Professional Secrets stainless steel kitchen tweezers is narrow enough to grab pickles out of a jar, strong enough to turn meat, accurate enough to grab the last shrimp from the takeout fajita box and professional enough to make you proud. 11.8″ x 1.35″ x 1.0″. For every tool you buy, a meal will be donated to a school in Kenya. Stainless steel kitchen tweezers. $29.95.
This useful food grade stainless steel drying rack rolls up for storage. It has silicone edges to protect your sink or counter. Dry dishes, defrost meat over sink, protect counters from hot pots, and cool baked goods. Dishwasher safe. 17-3/4″(L)×13-3/4″(W). Stainless Steel roll up drying rack. $15.97
This Chisel Tip Bistro Chalk Marker labels most storage services in your fridge and pantry – and then wipes off with a damp cloth. For use on wipe boards, chalk boards, glass, plastic and other non-porous services. Comes in 10 colors. Chisel Tip Bistro Chalk Marker. $3.64
Bamboo kitchen drawer dividers, spring loaded with foam edges. They can be stacked to provide storage for pot lids or bakeware in deeper drawers. Bamboo Kitchen drawer dividers, pack of 4. $30.99.
I have been using my Sous Vide wand a lot while sheltering at home. The kitchen does not smell like fish and the timing of the meal is relaxed.