Guest Picks: Sprouted Kitchen Must-Haves
Sara of Sprouted Kitchen Shares Her Essentials Tools for Good Cooking
I am passionate about food and entertaining. I love food for the culture of it - the point that it brings people together to enjoy good company and nourishing ourselves with pretty, clean food. I write the blog http://www.sproutedkitchen.com with my husband, and we are working on our first cookbook - out in fall of 2012!
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I've rounded up some kitchen gadgets and pretty things that I find helpful in making dinner with family or friends as easy and beautiful as possible. It's a hodgepodge of must-have things for everyday eating and entertaining. Which one do you need right now? — Sara from Sprouted Kitchen
I need these. The toppings to make tacos, a mis en place for a baking project or cake making with that perfect pourable spout. These mixing bowls are both practical and aesthetically stunning.
There is no underestimating a trusty dishtowel. These linen towels have E.A.T stamped on them, making them an adorable addition to any home kitchen. I love that the photo uses them as a cloth napkin option.
I got a cherry pitter for my birthday years ago and thought it was a waste of space, but as I started cooking more and more, I am SO glad I have it. It keeps the whole cherry intact so you're left with sweet, tangy, seedless morsels for your baked goods, fruit salads or drinks.
A streamline tool to keep your spices organized. Keep this sharp looking rack near your stove, or mount it in the pantry if you prefer to keep it out of sight.
I am married to a coffee snob, so we have an entire cabinet dedicated to coffee gadgets. This Koava cone filter is used in a Chemex in place of paper filters. Not only is it a reusable option, but it's the means to a clean, bold cup of coffee. This is the one gadget I can get behind.
You may say you'll remember to come back to the cookies in 12 minutes, but life happens and it's nice to have a reminder. Available in a few different colors, this timer has some character without being too kitchy.
This adorable pot is intended for jam, but I use it as a butter dish. The chalk border gives you the freedom to fill it with whatever you please and change the label as often as you like.
A backyard party with a pretty cocktail or a dessert bar with cookies and milk — any presentable beverage looks its best with a pretty straw. Available in a few different colors to fit your theme.
A nice refreshing color palette in comparison to those drab and bent metal measuring spoons. These are easy to level off, sturdy and gorgeous.
There is no benefit to having salt in a grinder, as no oil is released in the grinding process. Keep your salt by the stove in this handy salt pug instead for easy use.
This handy tool fits against the side of a pot, so you can drain easily from one dish. Drain your pasta and add your sauce to the warm pot for easy mixing! It also doesn't take up as much space as a full size strainer.
This vintage looking recipe box is the best way to keep your scribbled notes, magazine pages and photocopied recipes in one place. You can keep things organized by category and the company also sells adorable cards that fit in perfecftly.
I was late to figure out what a huge savings of both time and money there is to growing your own herbs. No searching which market has fresh thyme or crisp parsley, you can build your own hanging herb garden in your backyard. These pockets have their own drainage and are easy to hang.
Keep this baker's twine around and you'll use it more often than you think. Wrap up a loaf of bread to take to a friend and keep it closed tight with this colorful twine. Perfect for wrapping edible gifts!
Instead of keeping a mess of bags of flour in the cupboard, I purchased a few of these great glass jars with lids to keep my flour, sugars and grains fresh and my pantry well organized. It's easy to see how much you have left with the clear glass sides.
Recycled glass complements whatever sort of dishware you have. All the glasses are slightly different, as they are handmade, and have a snazzy little divet in the bottom.
If you get in the habit of making your own salad dressings, these Weck jars are a must have. They keep the dressing fresh in an easy to transport, easy to pour container. All shapes and sizes available.
Between pancakes, cornbread, roasted potatoes etc., this cast iron pan is my most used pan. It is naturally nonstick, can handle extreme heat and is the best material for even heat distribution.
It's fun to play hostess, but you don't want to run back and forth to the kitchen every time someone wants a drink. Put a nice lemonade with lemon slices for a brunch or a seasonal cocktail in here.
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