The 50 Best kitchen gear

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Why shouldn’t your worktops be just as stylish as your wardrobe? From the latest gadgets to drop-dead gorgeous tableware, Trish Lorenz fills your cupboards with the latest culinary kit

Utensils:

Savora can opener

johnlewis.com, £20

Getting the basics right makes cooking more pleasurable and this pleasingly heavy can opener combines a cast metal handle with sleek, stylish lines and a splash of upbeat pink.

Mason Cash clay cooker

houseoffraser.co.uk, £24.50

This terracotta clay cooker is ideal for roasting and steaming joints of meat. Cooking in clay helps intensify flavours and is said to help retain food’s nutritional value.

Heston Blumenthal precision oven thermometer

johnlewis.com, £12

This is all about precision. It clips to your oven’s rack and has a range of 60 - 320°C, with an easy-to-read display.

Citrus fruit squeezers

davidmellordesign.co.uk, from £7.80

Citrus fruit is used in cuisines from Asia to the Med. These enamelled aluminium squeezers with ridged interior make juicing easy and tidy.

Arena dish rack

josephjoseph.com, £40

This compact design will work in even the smallest spaces, there’s lots of room for crockery, glasses and utensils. The sloping base channels water away efficiently.

C-Pump soap dispenser

josephjoseph.com, £18

When your hands are covered in gunk, this is just what you need. You can press it with the back of your hand, it has a non-slip base and is also easy to fill and clean.

iSpoon stylus

aplaceforeverything.co.uk, £9

If you’ve eschewed recipe books for online technology, you need an iSpoon. Designed to work as a stylus, it will save your tablet from becoming smudged by greasy fingers.

Fold flat grater

josephjoseph.com, £16.50

More storage conundrums solved with this fold-flat grater. You do sacrifice a couple of grating styles but the fine and coarse graters should cover most eventualities.

Nigella parmesan grater

uniqueandunity.co.uk, £16

Save your knuckles with this grater that also has a pleasing organic shape. It’s ergonomic, fitting neatly in the palm of your hand and produces fine crumbly shavings.

Hamburger press

roullierwhite.com, £16

A gadget that you don’t really need but is surprisingly satisfying. No more uneven hand-formed patties, you’ll have chunky, perfectly formed burgers at your next barbecue.

MagiMix toaster

houseoffraser.co.uk, £140

The perfect way to while away a few pre-breakfast minutes is watching bread toast in this see through toaster – surprisingly mesmerising – and if you’re on the ball, you should never burn breakfast again.

Triscale

josephjoseph.com, £30

This space-saving digital scale has three arms to provide a stable weighing platform, but when folded down, protecting the screen and controls, it will fit in a kitchen drawer.

Pink Pie kitchen timer

heals.co.uk, £12.50

We like the simple design of this timer. Simply twist the top half to reveal an easy to read dial and stop on the required time. The timer hides the minutes as it ticks away to show how much longer is left.

Hang around cooking utensils

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £25

The simple styling on these wooden tools is typically Scandinavian, as is the focus on function: a slit in the back means they hang on the edge of pots when not in use.

Garlic press

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £20

Crush your garlic cloves with this sturdy and sleek stainless steel rolling press by Royal VKB. Unlike a traditional press which is notoriously difficult to clean, this one is a doddle and will never get clogged up.

 

Baking:

Peacock measuring spoons

uniqueandunity.co.uk, £15

Not a ground-breaking invention but every baker knows accurate measurements are key. These spoons are pretty to boot.

KitchenAid stand mixer

johnlewis.com, £429.95

If you’re into baking, a stand mixer is a must have. A 10-speed motor and tilt-up head makes mixing large batches easy. A wire whisk, flat beater and dough hook are included.

Show Me The Money cutters

lakeland.co.uk, £6.99

Stars, flowers and butterflies are all very well but for cookies that are on the money you need these dollar, yen, pound and euro sign dough cutters.

Adjustable rolling pin

johnlewis.com, £18.90

This rolling pin comes with four sets of removable discs to raise the rolling surface to exactly the required pastry thickness of either 2mm, 4mm, 6mm or 10mm.

Adjustable loaf tin

achica.com, £5.75

German baking brand Dr Oetker has been catering to exacting standards for decades. This clever tin will fit your recipes, without needing a cupboard’s worth of tins.

 

Tabletop:

Elephant bottle opener

heals.co.uk, £30

Bottle openers are an essential piece of kitchen kit and this design by Swedish brand Georg Jensen is stylish enough to leave on the table as a decorative piece.

Neo vacuum flask

heals.co.uk, £59

Forget the functional outdoor vacuum flask. Neo has a minimalist geometric shape and sharp edges fused with bright colour combinations that will liven up any tabletop.

Sabre butter knife

heals.co.uk, £5

Wield this sabre-shaped butter knife over your toast and show the breakfast table who’s boss. With a smooth acrylic finish and intricately cut edges, it’s a practical and fun accessory.

Bird soy-sauce container

heals.co.uk, £19.50

Part of a collaboration with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, this is a modern interpretation of 17th-century ceramics without pastiche .

Waiter’s friend

heals.co.uk, £150

This handmade juniper-wood waiter’s friend from the Laguiole region of France combines elegant lines with a finely serrated stainless-steel blade and bottle opener.

No-spill Mill

josephjoseph.com, £36

If the ground pepper that leaks from your mill on to worktop and tabletop irritates you, check out this electric mill designed to ensure that no salt or pepper spills after use. Also available in white.

Salt and pepper shakers

sciencemuseumshop.co.uk, £12

Modelled on a chemistry lab flasks, originally designed by Richard Erlenmeyer. With holes in the cork stoppers to allow the condiments to flow, they’ll add a touch of scientific credibility to dinner time.

Winebreather carafe

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £48

Designed to connect to the neck of a wine bottle, the Winebreather spreads the wine so that it flows down the sides of the carafe, aerating the wine with no mess or spills.

Bottle grinder set

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £42

These ceramic grinders feel great and at 20cm high look great on the table too. The upside-down design means salt or pepper only comes out when you grind, keeping surfaces clear.

Propeller Trivet

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £15

Keep your table pristine with this elegant, space saving trivet. The propeller-shaped blades give the piece an aerodynamic feel and the blades fold for easy storage. Also in plum, rose and concrete colours.

 

Tea & coffee:

Whistling kettle

johnlewis.com, £73

This Le Creuset Traditional Stovetop whistling kettle is old school and deeply covetable. Suitable for all heat sources, its design makes lifting, pouring and cleaning safe and simple.

Tea egg

johnlewis.com, £15

Give tea bags a miss and brew yourself a real cuppa in style with this tea egg from Danish brand Eva Solo. Made of stainless steel and plastic, we like the teardrop shape.

Nespresso Lattissima coffee maker

johnlewis.com, £249.95

Superbly frothy cappuccino and great espressos just got easier. Forget barista-style steaming wands, just press a button to get thick milk froth.

Kitchen aid kettle

johnlewis.com, £119.95

The adjustable temperature setting can heat water from 50°C to 100°C in 10°C intervals, allowing you to enjoy herbal teas or speciality coffee blends at the perfect temperature.

Menu tea pot

thelollipopshoppe.co.uk, £47

This glass kettle combines the tea-drinking philosophies of Asia with Scandinavian design. Watch your tea brew, then pull the tea egg up by its silicon string.

Krups milk frother

homeandcook.co.uk, £99.95

This little device heats and froths milk in moments. It also makes perfect hot chocolate in seconds. Simply drop in a few chunks of chocolate along with the milk.

Allure espresso machine

russellhobbs.com, £129.99

This handsome espresso maker works with both pods and ground coffee and can whip up espressos, lattes and cappuccinos with an attachment.

Illy Coffee Francis Francis X1 espresso machine

qvcuk.com, £399.84

One for wannabe baristas, this has all the knobs and gadgets the professionals use and has a pleasing industrial design.

Floating tea infuser

lakeland.co.uk, £7.99

Ditch the tea bags for this simple, functional and cost-effective tea infuser. It won’t come open in your cup and the heat-proof silicon knob makes it easy to retrieve.

Bialetti espresso maker

davidmellordesign.co.uk, £30

This classic Italian espresso maker gives a quality brew without a worktop machine. Works with all heat sources except convection. Simple to use and easy to clean.

 

Preparation:

Pizza wheel

johnlewis.com, £14.99

This wheel, by Quirky, makes easy work of slicing your latest cheesy masterpiece. Cut the crust with the crust blade and then transfer your weight through to the wheel and roll through the rest of the pizza.

Pasta cutters

johnlewis.com, £15

Give your homemade pasta a professional finish with these cutters. With a variety of shapes, including round and square ravioli cutters and a crimping wheel, they’re also dishwasher safe.

Lion Sabatier olive wood chef’s knife

johnlewis.com, £50

There’s something inherently tactile about the olive-wood handle on this Lion Sabatier chef’s knife. Made of highest quality Sandvik steel, the 15cm blade is also superbly sharp.

Pizza scissors

davidmellordesign.co.uk, £20

Australian design firm Dreamfarm eschews wheels and instead suggests these portioning scissors for slicing pizza. With 30cm long blades made of stainless steel, users call them ‘brilliantly effective’.

Waefa mandoline

davidmellordesign.co.uk, £45

With stainless steel, Swiss precision-made blades, this mandoline will chop everything from cucumber to cabbage or potatoes, cleanly and swiftly. Just don’t add a slice of your hand to the mix!

Aqua zinger

sciencemuseumshop.co.uk, £25

Pop this little cutter on top of your water bottle, add cucumber, lemon, lime, ginger or mint and push down. Within moments your water is subtly infused with flavour.

The OCD Chef chopping board

sciencemuseumshop.co.uk, £22

For precise dicing, this hard-wearing beechwood board is a good investment. Etched with angles and grid lines for scrupulously sculpted salads.

Chopping board stack

sparrowandfinch.co.uk, £75

This solid wood, butchers block chopping board stack can be wall mounted and provides a different board for every high-flavour item. It looks nice too.

Herby brothers chopper

ziggiziggi.com, £24.50

This cute herb chopper is also designed for practicality – the two chef handles are made in melamine-free eco-friendly plastic and it has a double stainless-steel cutting blade.

Breville hand blender

debenhams.co.uk, £27

Hand blenders whiz and chop, often as effectively as bigger blenders, and are easy to store, use and clean. This has a two-speed setting, a measuring cup and chopper bowl.

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