Tanji is always asked for her recommendations, whether for cooking tips and recipes or the tools and travel must-haves she relies on daily. And we’re answering the call!
This week: kitchen items you’ll wish you’d owned sooner.
Here at Goodtaste, we love a multi-use tool, and this 8-inch cast-iron grill press from Lodge does it all. Use it for grilled sandwiches, to sear a steak, flatten a burger, or smash potatoes. You can even use it to hold down pages of your cookbook! ($15)
A salad spinner is one of those products you think you really don’t need, but once you try one, you’ll never go back. This spinner from OXO is entirely dishwasher safe, and the bowl doubles as a serving dish while the spinner doubles as a colander. It’ll hasten your salad prep, clean fruit, efficiently dry herbs, and soak beans—all of which makes your life a little easier. It’s also a great tool for storing your leafy greens and herbs so they stay crisp and fresh longer. ($25)
Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to pour wine direct from the bottle. But if you’re looking to step up your vino game, a decanter is the way to go to expose your reds to air, allow your wine to breathe, and separate the sediment before serving. This curvaceous carafe from Hip looks so elegant on the table too! ($30)
A more modern design of the classic French Butter Bell crock, this black terra-cotta version made by Tatin is sleek and looks great out on the counter or table. Simply pack with softened butter, add water to the base, and invert to create an airtight seal to keep your butter fresh and spreadable without refrigeration, spoilage, or odor. ($17)
If you’re a grillmaster who has it all, the one thing that may be missing from your tool kit is a portable light source. These handy lights were made specifically for outdoor cooking, with a 360-degree swivel base that magnetically attaches to any metal surface to see what you’re doing even after nightfall. ($11 for pack of 2)