Huilerie Beaujolaise Calamansi Vinegar
We absolutely love this small-batch vinegar from French artisanal producer Huilerie Beaujolaise. With a bright and tangy vibrancy akin to tangerine, this vinegar almost tastes like a shrub, or drinking vinegar. Ubiquitous to Filipino cuisine, calamansi is a citrus hybrid between kumquat and mandarin orange.
Kinto Butter Dish
Butter left exposed to the air in your refrigerator will turn sour quickly, picking up off flavors. This lovely Japanese porcelain and bamboo butter container seals tight enough to prevent your butter from absorbing off odors in the refrigerator. The angular, compact shape won’t command too much space on the shelf, and both the bamboo and porcelain are easy to wipe clean. Take your pick of crisp white or glossy black.
Palmpress Portable One-Cup Coffee Press
The Palmpress is an ingenious new device that is essentially a collapsible French press. The durable plastic device looks like an over-sized hockey puck, but unscrew the lid and it pops open to reveal a silicone funnel. Add coarsely ground coffee to the marked line, pour in water that is just shy of boiling, give a stir and wait 4 to 6 minutes before inverting the press over a mug and pressing to extract. The flavor is bright and strong--just the way we like it. Perhaps best of all, clean up is a breeze: just scrape out the grounds and then give it all a rinse. There are no paper filters or pods to dispose of and no fragile parts to disassemble. Note: it produces 1 cup of coffee at a go.
Net Weight: 9.1 ounces
Height: 2.25 inches
Diameter: 4.25 inches
Inner: BPA- and phthalate-free stainless steel, LFGB-approved silicone
Outer: ABS plastic with TPR non-slip grip. Coffee does not encounter plastic.
Open Palmpress, tap grounds into trash, then wash filter cap and brewing cup with warm water and dish soap. Hand-washing recommended; top-rack dishwasher safe—avoid harsh detergents that can impart chemical smells.
ChefSofi Granite Mortar and Pestle Set
This Mortar and Pestle's deep bowl, which is about 4.5 inches in diameter, will contain all of your spices as you're cracking or grinding, for fewer crumbs and bits on your kitchen counter. The pestle is 7 inches long and tapered to allow for comfort and control—a firm grip on the pestle makes grinding easier on your hand, and you won't have to worry about scraping it against the edges of the bowl. And, since the mortar is solid all the way through to its base, it provides a stable foundation for grinding spices finely or crushing herbs to release their aromas, as with our Italian-style Spicy Garlic and Herb Oil. This version, carved from unpolished granite, has a generous 2-cup capacity, which means you can make larger quantities of pesto or chimichurri at a time than with other brands.
Hudson Wilder Sora Short Tumblers — Set of 4
The Sora Short Tumblers from New York-based Hudson Wilder will look beautiful with any table setting and are appropriate for any occasion, from your Tuesday night dinners to your finest dinner parties. They look like updated versions of a lowball glass, with an even height and diameter of 3 inches and about a 10-ounce capacity. Unlike most drinking glasses that have thick, cumbersome bases, this elegant set of four features an evenly thin construction from the sides to the bottom, for an understated minimal design. The glass is almost imperceptibly tapered, for a modernist look that is utilitarian but not austere. And we absolutely love their delicate craftsmanship—each is individually hand-blown to ensure a consistently high quality and clean, rounded edges.
Despite being incredibly light and thin, the Sora Short Tumblers are also exceptionally strong; borosilicate glass is much more durable than traditional glass, so the tumblers have the fineness of crystal without the fragility. They are less likely to crack, chip or scratch than other types of glass and are even dishwasher-safe. We also like that the tumblers are resistant to thermal shock, similar to Pyrex, so you can use the glasses for both hot and cold liquids without any risk of shattering.
Acetaia Leonardi Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP
The balsamic vinegar has an inky, almost syrupy consistency and is balanced between acidic and sweet, with a rich dried-fruit undertone. Quality this high is best enjoyed straight, drizzled over most any grilled or roasted meat, roasted vegetables, cheeses or garden-fresh tomatoes. Or try as a counterpoint to sweet berries or vanilla ice cream.
Kilner Fermentation Set
Homemade sauerkraut and kimchi are made safe and easy with this home fermentation kit. The set includes a three-liter glass fermenting jar—large enough to easily accommodate a large napa cabbage—as well as a silicone lid that seals more easily than twist-top metal lids. Simply slice vegetables, layer with spices and leave to soak in a brine solution. Kilner provides two ceramic stones that will keep your vegetables weighed down beneath the surface of the brine. Additionally, the airlock releases the carbon dioxide that results from fermentation without letting in any oxygen. We love to make homemade kimchi and we use it with our Pork and Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae) or Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice; the pickled napa cabbage also serves as a spicy, crunchy key element of our Sesame Stir-Fried Pork with Shiitakes. Or make fresh sauerkraut, whose bright and clean flavor is far superior to store-bought canned and jarred varieties; it's perfect for dishes like our Paprika-Caraway Kielbasa Soup. And don't worry—the Kilner fermentation set is large enough that you will have plenty of homemade pickles for snacking even after you use them generously in recipes.
Dimensions: -Width: 5 inches -Height: 11.8 inches -Length: 10.2 inches Capacity: 3 liters Contents: 1 Kilner® glass fermenting jar, 1 silicone lid, 1 air lock, 2 ceramic stones
Care: Dishwasher-safe; avoid use of abrasive sponges. Wash before first use. Use: Do not pour boiling water directly into jar.
Wadaman Organic Golden Sesame Oil
This organic sesame oil, pressed by one of Japan’s top sesame growers, is without equal—earthy, clear, bold and strong. We consider sesame oil a pantry staple and use it in innumerous dishes like our Hot Oil Chard, easy and rib-sticking Sesame Stir-fried Pork with Shiitakes or sesame sauce for noodles.
Kai Komachi Julienne Slicer
Japanese company Kai, who makes our favorite poultry shears, also produces a line of kitchen graters: the Pure Komachi Series, which has sharper cutting edges than most brands because its stainless steel is precision-cut using an innovative etching method. This magenta Julienne Slicer produces fine ribbons that are slightly thinner than a matchstick and too fussy to cut by hand. It's excellent for delicate shreds of cheese that won’t immediately melt when sprinkled on your dish and for hard vegetables. Grate ginger with the grain, not against, for shreds perfectly sized to add to stir-fries and soups. The grater's ergonomic handles are made of plastic treated with a nonslip coating that wraps around the whole device to form a grippy base at the other end, which is helpful if you choose to brace the grater against a surface.
Earlywood Wood Trifecta Set
Why don’t home cooks use wooden scrapers for cooking more than wooden spoons? A scraper has a wide flat edge that is perfect for, that’s right, scraping the bottom of a pot or skillet. The problem with most scrapers is the wood deteriorates over time, damaged by repeated washings and use. That’s why we love this set. The long flat-edge scraper is made from Brazilian cherry, which is so strong and durable that it’s often used for tool handles and even railroad ties. The smaller scraper is fashioned from Mexican ebony, one of the hardest woods in the world that is, for all intents and purposes, waterproof. Finally, the spreader is made from hard maple (hard enough to be used for bowling alleys) and big enough for a big schmear of cream cheese or softened butter.
Three Peaks 10+ UMF New Zealand Manuka Honey
Three Peaks' melt-in-your-mouth 10+UMF Manuka Honey is creamy, opaque and full of herbal complexity, with a deep amber hue and subtly hints of toffee. Even the most aromatic wildflower honeys don't come close to its multifaceted depth of flavor. It contains more than 200 compounds not found in other honey, which are widely thought to give it antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Huilerie Beaujolaise Raspberry Vinegar
This smooth, full-bodied raspberry vinegar from French artisanal producer Huilerie Beaujolaise is wonderfully complex, with a perfect balance between tart and sweet that works in both sweet and savory recipes. Unlike the ambiguous mixed-berry flavor of other vinegars, there is no mistaking the raspberry characteristics in this vinegar. It has a concentrated, jam-like fruitiness without being cloyingly sweet—rather, the berries' natural tartness combined with acetic acid make for a well-rounded flavor profile with plenty of depth, like a brighter version of balsamic. Huilerie Beaujolaise enhances the vinegar with a bit of raspberry juice after fermentation, which creates a fuller mouthfeel similar to that of barrel-aged vinegar.
Earlywood Tapered Rolling Pin
Working with Montana-based Earlywood, we designed our perfect rolling pin. The gentle, graduated taper starts off at 1 3/8 inches thick, slimming down to roughly 3/4 of an inch at the ends—perfect for rolling out the flattest, most even crusts. We prefer this French style to American-style ball-bearing pins because the lighter weight provides better control; tapered pins are also ideal for rolling out circles of dough. (Rotate the pin in an arc with the right hand while keeping the left side of the pin stationary.) In addition, we prefer longer pins that can handle a full pie crust, so we designed this model to be 20 inches long. Finally, a rolling pin has to be just the right weight: heavy enough to do the work for you but not so heavy that you lose touch with the dough underneath. This pin is a perfect one pound. Earlywood’s dark, dense hardwoods feel good in the hand and won’t dent if used to crush ice or flatten cutlets. For an especially sturdy rolling pin that is destined to become a family heirloom, we recommend the Mexican ebony. Not only does it have a gorgeous dark luster that will add interest to your kitchenware collection, the wood is also nearly indestructible.
Crazy Korean Cooking Premium Korean Stone Pot
This traditional earthenware bowl (or ddukbaegi) is incredibly multifunctional, used in Korean cooking for simmering stews or making dolsot bibimbap, a popular sizzling rice dish. Safe for stovetop, microwave and oven use, the cookware is made from fine, porous clay that retains heat well but doesn't absorb soaps, chemicals or any off-flavors—plus, it doesn't require seasoning before first use. Korean stoneware has such excellent heat retention that the bowl is actually meant to double as a serving dish, since it keeps food warm as you're eating. A matching lid and heat-insulating trivet with handles make for easy transport to the table, while the double-fired glaze looks sleek and elegant.
Set Includes: Ceramic bowl, ceramic lid, heatproof plastic trivet Weight: 3.8 pounds Volume: 44 fluid ounces Materials: Ceramic stoneware, plastic Place of Origin: South Korea
Use: Stovetop- and oven-safe Care: Dishwasher-safe; hand-washing recommended. Do not abruptly change temperatures.
DreamFarm Orlid Spice Jars — Set of 4
DreamFarm Orlids are small glass spice jars with airtight multifunctional lids. Push on the lid’s indented latch, and the top layer of the lid pops up reveals a shaker plate divided into thirds, with three sets of holes in a wide range of sizes for all of your spices. The plate rotates easily to select the appropriate size for the spice inside the jar, and the lid can also be opened completely for scooping spices. We found the lid’s spring mechanism to be very effective, and the jars are especially durable because they’re made of shatter-resistant borosilicate glass. This set of 4 jars is stackable for easy storage; DreamFarm’s product is so cleverly designed that it won a 2020 Red Dot Design Award.
Capacity: 2 fluid ounces
Diameter: 2.25 inches
Materials: Borosilicate glass
Kinto CAST Iced Tea Glasses — Set of 4
It's hard to find glassware that is both sturdy and delicate. We like the simple, appealing design of Kinto's iced tea glasses, which are heat-resistant and sturdier than traditional glass. The subtle lip on the rims of the glasses emphasize their sleek tapered shape and also make for easier drinking. Established in 1972 in Shiga, Japan, Kinto incorporates Japanese principles of simplicity and subtle elegance into its tableware designs.
Leonardi Saba Mosto d'Uva Cotto
Saba is simply grape 'must' (juice) cooked down and aged to molasses-rich, raisin-like sweetness and a thick, syrupy texture. In this case, those grapes are Trebbiano, the same used for balsamic vinegar. A drizzle can balance bitter braised greens, intensify the sweetness of roasted meats and balance the acidity of dressing and vinaigrettes. On the sweet side, try drizzling over ice cream, fruit or oatmeal. A little goes a long way.
SAVA Trading Co. Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Beans
Woody, earthy and sweetly aromatic, SAVA Trading Co.'s Gourmet or Grade A Madagascar Vanilla Beans are sourced from Madagascar's northeastern Sava region, which is famous for its vanilla production. The high-grade beans are distinguished by a length of at least 6 inches, no physical imperfections and a high moisture content that makes them plump and pliant; they also have the highest vanillin content. SAVA partners with Malagasy farmers to source organic, sustainably grown beans picked at peak maturity. By cutting out middleman costs, the company is able to directly pay farmers above-market prices for their premium vanilla and support local village economies. These premium beans are in vials to show off their glossy, reddish-brown appearance and natural oils, indicators of their freshness.
- Quantity: 3 beans
- Ingredients: Whole vanilla beans
- Place of Origin: Madagascar