Christopher Kimball 6.5” Nakiri Knife
I designed this Japanese-style vegetable knife, or nakiri, with Henckels International. Its cutting edge measures 6.5 inches and is 2 inches high, half the height of a Chinese cleaver; the deeper blade makes it easier to rest the flat side of the blade against the knuckles while slicing, for comfort and safety. The high-carbon stainless steel blade is well balanced; its edges are expertly honed and require little maintenance other than the occasional sharpening; and the smooth polymer handle is triple-riveted. This knife will make cooking fun again, since the food prep will be quicker, safer and easier. I could not recommend a knife more highly, especially at this amazing price. The knife is constructed out of German stainless steel with a forged one-piece design and triple-rivets in the handle. — Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball for Henckels International 3-Piece Knife Set
I sat down with Zwilling J.A. Henckels to produce three everyday knives that meet the needs of every home cook. Manufactured in Albacete, Spain—where Henckels has been making knives since the 18th century—these knives feature comfortable, midsize polymer handles and tough high-carbon stainless steel that will hold an edge and resist rust. They are constructed from German stainless steel with a forged one-piece design and triple-rivets in the handle. The set includes a 7-Inch Chef's Knife inspired by the lightweight Japanese santoku knife; 5-Inch Utility Knife with a microserrated edge; and 4-Inch Paring Knife with a Japanese-style, acutely pointed kiritsuke tip. — Christopher Kimball
4-inch paring knife Weight: 4.8 ounces Dimensions: -Blade: 4 inches -Handle: 4 inches 5.5-inch serrated prep knife Weight: 6.4 ounces Dimensions: -Blade: 5.5 inches -Handle: 4 inches 7-inch cook’s knife Weight: 11.2 ounces Dimensions: -Blade: 7 inches -Handle: 4.5 inches Material: Forged German stainless steel
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon 5-QT Wok Skillet with Lid
Finally, a wok perfectly designed for the home cook. Our 5-quart, carbon-steel, flat-bottomed wok heats quickly and distributes that heat evenly for uniform cooking. The domed glass lid seals in liquids, prevents splatters and allows you to see your food when cooking, while also allowing you to steam as well as stir-fry in the wok. The wok’s long handle and helper handle make the wok easy to maneuver, no matter how heavily loaded. We also like this design because it is not too large—many 12-inch or larger woks are difficult to store, so they end up going to the basement, not the kitchen! Pair it with our Wok Spatula.
Weight: 3.8 pounds Capacity: 5 quarts Dimensions: Length: 23.5 inches (with handles), Width: 12.5 inches, Height: 5.5 inches Material: Stainless steel, carbon steel, glass
Use: Suitable for induction, gas, electric, glass-ceramic, and halogen stovetops. Not oven-safe. Care: Wash interior with hot water and a soft sponge. For stuck food, cool pan, then soak in hot water until food is loose, about 5 minutes, and gently scrub. Rinse well, then heat wok over low heat on stovetop until dry. Coat pan lightly with vegetable oil and wipe clean with paper towel before storing.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Wok Spatula
Also known as a “wok shovel,” this broad, short spatula perfectly fits the radius of our wok and is an essential tool for the quick movements of stir frying and sautéing. It’ll also work well with most any stainless or cast-iron skillet, much less looks tidy enough for tableside serving.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Traverse Power Whisk
Our Traverse Power Whisk has a revolutionary flat, coiled design, which works faster than a balloon whisk to whip up egg whites or heavy cream. It has more concentrated tines, which are in constant contact with liquid to incorporate more air. Also, it will reach all the way to the edges of your saucepans and containers, unlike that awkward balloon whisk. Use it back and forth, not in a circular fashion, and see how much time and energy you will save on whisking. The traverse whisk is also versatile enough to emulsify pan sauces or blend batters—it’s the only whisk you’ll need. Try it in our Tangy Maple Whipped Cream.
Christopher Kimball for Henckels International 7-Inch Chef's Knife
Our chef's knife blade is 7 inches, not 8. It weighs a bit over 6 ounces, not 10. It has a deeper blade, a huge advantage that makes it easier to rest the flat side of the blade against the knuckles while slicing, which substantially improves comfort and safety. The heel of the blade is scalloped, which means there is room to bring up your fingers for a good grip on the blade for close-up work. It also feels like a knife that you can handle, which won't get away from you like a 20-inch chainsaw or a 12-cylinder sports car. It has enough power to do the job, but it's not overwhelming. The knife also features comfortable, midsize polymer handles and tough high-carbon stainless steel that will hold an edge and resist rust. (To preserve the blade’s edge, we strongly recommend hand washing and drying.) It is constructed from German stainless steel with a forged one-piece design and triple-rivets in the handle. — Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Softedge Thin Edge Spatula
Protect your nonstick pans with our silicone-edged flexible spatula. The ultra-thin design easily slides beneath delicate fish or chicken fillets and your morning eggs.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for KAF Utility Kitchen Towel
Our Utility Kitchen Towels come in four different colors, each in a simple, elegant striped pattern. These cotton chambray slub towels absorb water easily and are the perfect size and weight for heavy-duty kitchen work (even using as a hot mitt). They are 20 x 30 inches and come with a hanging loop for easy storage.
Christopher Kimball for Henckels International 5.5-Inch Utility Knife
We designed a 5.5-inch serrated knife that is truly an all-purpose knife. It has a unique micro-serrated edge that is only available on this knife and will stay sharp for ages without maintenance. (Mid-size knives are part of every chef's toolbox.) Good for more than just tomatoes, this knife can be used in place of a larger chef's knife and is guaranteed to cut through anything and everything. — Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball for Henckels International 4-Inch Paring Knife
Our paring knife features a Japanese-style, acutely pointed kiritsuke tip, which is designed for easy piercing and fine detail work. I even use this knife for trimming fat from a roast or even cutting up a chicken. the knife also features comfortable, midsize polymer handles and tough high-carbon stainless steel that will hold an edge and resist rust. To preserve the blade’s edge, we strongly recommend hand washing and drying. It is constructed from German stainless steel with a forged one-piece design and triple-rivets in the handle. — Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Precision Tongs
We consider a set of tongs indispensable in the kitchen and collaborated with Kuhn Rikon on what we consider to be the perfect set. At 12 inches long, they are just the right length for both outdoor and indoor cooking (tongs designed for just BBQ are usually awkwardly long for anything but grilling). The scalloped, concave tips provide a firm yet gentle grip on most any food—they won’t tear delicate goods the way more aggressive serrations can (like most tongs on the market). We use them for everything from sautéing and grilling to baking, stirring pasta and even juicing--closed tight, the tips form a terrific citrus reamer. Consider them a heat-proof extension of your hands.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for KAF French Stripe Apron
Sometimes the simplest kitchen tasks are the hardest. Like boiling an egg. I’ve also found that the simplest tools—such as aprons—are equally confusing. Aprons that are too short. (I like them to reach just above the knee.) Or aprons that are made of fabric that is too light or, on the other hand, too heavy. You feel like you’re in a woodworking shop. I like function in my kitchen with clean designs—no wild colors or cutesy printed messages. Our elegant French Stripe apron, patterned after those worn by European shopkeepers, is not a gauzy fashion accessory but rather built to last for real cooks, substantial in terms of fabric weight but not overwhelming. Its wider-than-standard bib provides maximum protection from splatters, and the apron itself is the proper length—just above the knee for me. Some aprons are so short that you end up with flour or hot oil on your pants if you’re not careful! The two wide pockets are great for an instant-read thermometer, a cellphone, a timer, a peeler or even a small kitchen towel. We also love the design of the adjustable neckstrap, which uses a metal buckle (similar to a guitar strap) and avoids the issue of loose ends.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Quick Turn Spatula
This is our version of one of our favorite kitchen tools, the fish spatula. Flexible and thin, it’s a do-it-all tool for sautéing, grilling, baking—even stirring pasta. The thin, angled edge can work its way underneath the most stuck-on or delicate foods.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Spider Skimmer
The fine-wired basket of this skimmer is ideal for fishing foods out of hot oil, bubbling broth and boiling water. We also like using it for stirring short or chunky pasta shapes.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for KAF Chambray Apron
Sometimes the simplest kitchen tasks are the hardest. Like boiling an egg. I’ve also found that the simplest tools—such as aprons—are equally confusing. Aprons that are too short. (I like them to reach just above the knee.) Or aprons that are made of fabric that is too light or, on the other hand, too heavy. You feel like you’re in a woodworking shop. I like function in my kitchen with clean designs—no wild colors or cutesy printed messages. Our Chambray apron is not a gauzy fashion accessory but rather built to last for real cooks, substantial in terms of fabric weight but not overwhelming. Its wider-than-standard bib provides maximum protection from splatters, and the apron itself is the proper length—just above the knee for me. Some aprons are so short that you end up with flour or hot oil on your pants if you’re not careful! The two wide pockets are reinforced with metal rivets at the corners, so you can load them up with your instant-read thermometer, cellphone, a timer, a peeler or even a small kitchen towel. For a functional design element that complements the rustic look of this apron, we feature a large metal grommet at the neck for an easy adjustable neck strap—once you have the correct length, just tie a double knot.
Christopher Kimball by Regal Ware 12-inch Premium Stainless Steel Skillet
If you are only going to purchase one skillet, this 12-inch Christopher Kimball stainless steel 5-ply skillet is the one to have. It can handle the biggest jobs, including a whole chicken of parts, big batches of vegetables or greens, or even for cooking our Spanish Pork and Chorizo Stew (Carcamusa) on the stovetop. This skillet is made from 5-ply professional grade stainless steel sandwiched around a pure aluminum core that provides superior heat conductivity and cooking performance. The magnetic stainless steel exterior makes this premium cookware ideal for any cooking surface, including induction cooktops. No hot spots. Even heating. Great durability because the weight and construction of the pan discourages warping. (Never put a hot pan in a cold sink.) It is made from 18/10 stainless steel and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. The handles are custom designed for comfort and ease of lifting.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon All-Purpose Kitchen Grater
This sturdy, stable coarse-holed grater is terrific for much more than just cheese. We grate all manner of vegetables for slaw, stale bread for crumbs, apples for sauce. We also follow the lead of Middle Eastern cooks and grate onions and tomatoes to a pulp, which melt quickly into sauces.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for KAF Deluxe Linen Cotton
A blend of linen and cotton gives our deluxe kitchen towels a sophisticated look and satisfying feel without sacrificing practicality or absorbency. Despite their fancy looks, these towels are ultra durable and will last for years.