The 15 Kitchen Accessories We Loved That You Loved in 2020
Does anyone find these Spotify year-end summaries kind of embarrassing? For example, who wants to be confronted with the frequency with which they have heard this catchy song by Bieber and Chance the Rapper, or know that their most streamed album was not an obscure blast, but rather “Relaxing Whale Calls for Stress Relief Vol. 3 “? It shows us an image of ourselves that is a little too sharp.
This list is something like that. Over the course of 2020, we shared with you some of the kitchen accessories, gadgets and tools that we loved the most. The things that you loved the most It wasn’t the festive cake bowl or the set of beautiful French steak knives – it was puzzles and steel wool. Yes, 2020 was like that. To a brighter 2021.
In January we released this piece about the only pair of pliers you’ll ever need, but in August Sohla El-Waylly messed things up by advocating for forceps. In the battle of the tongs, the readers have spoken! Sohla’s sturdy 12-inch tweezers were a big hit and proved that there are no right or wrong pliers.
Küchenprofi 12 inch tweezers made of stainless steel
By one wild guess I make, the average BA reader made 29 loaves of bread this year. We gave people what they wanted and in October we asked our group of bread experts about the tools they use to make perfect bread every time. Out of all of their recommendations, from bannetons to serrated knives, there was one product you loved the most – and it was something of a wild card. Claire Saffitz swears by this dust stick to flour her bread and work surfaces well. “It gives a lot of control so I don’t have flour flying all over the place,” she says. It’s also perfect for sprinkling powdered sugar and ground spices like cinnamon right where you want and nowhere you don’t.
Oxo Baker’s dust stick
Sane writer Ali Francis raved about the limited edition Always Pan Our Place released for the Lunar New Year, which featured a bonus bamboo steamer and a cherry red finish. Though this particular release came and went, the classic non-stick pan Always, with its nested wooden spatula and metal steamer basket, was a 2020 favorite with BA readers.
I open the cookbooks on special occasions, but it’s usually on my phone when I look up a recipe. Perhaps you can relate to it because you seemed to share ex-employee Emma Wartzman’s passion for this bamboo cutting board. It has a notch to hold your phone upright so you can easily consult a recipe, read your stories or FaceTime with Emma’s mom while you cook.
Five two bamboo cutting board
You may have followed our advice that you actually need two cutting boards – a large wooden board for almost anything and a sterilizable plastic board for raw meat and seafood – because you chose these recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane cutting boards too. Since we originally featured them in Healthyish, Material has launched two new colors that benefit nonprofits like Heart of Dinner and Drive Change. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the pale peach To Pó-Po with Love and the emerald green Reimagine Justice ReBoards will be split between the two organizations.
Material ReBoard cutting board
Maybe it was that groovy cheesecake cake from Sohla or that layered sweet potato cake from Baltimore baker Amanda Mack, but you’ve baked a lot of cakes this year. Or at least you’ve bought a lot of cake pans – specifically the Fat Daddio round cake pan, which is basically best in class.
Fat Daddios round cake pan, 9 x 3 in
I have a closet full of nonsensical shoes, and while I sometimes like to put on my pink pony hair mules and just hop the hell around, for the most part, I’ve worn comfy loafers in the past nine months. Little did co-worker Alex Beggs know she’d recommended the ideal COVID slipper in February when she wrote about these comfy Italian plastic clogs, but doing so has cemented her reputation as the oracle of Bon Appétit. Don’t sleep on the pink pair of batiks.
Baker Yossy Arefi landed on our list of the best Christmas cookbooks for her casual-cool snacking cakes book, and I was shocked to learn that many of the recipes she tested for her book were baked in that powerhouse of a countertop oven. The Breville Smart Oven was good news for renters with crappy stoves when we launched it in April, and it’s even better news now that it’s on sale.
You made puzzles. Lots of puzzles. They were particularly enthusiastic about this sunny, tropical, fruity offer from Piecework, which we announced back in April.
Piecework forbidden fruit puzzle
This most popular of the most popular kitchen accessories was a no-brainer. A pack of 12 pads of steel wool is $ 4, and you bought them because Carla said so.
Healthy editorial assistant Aliza Abarbanel started baking sourdough before COVID reached New York, but by July she had reached a new level of commitment to her craft. She was no longer satisfied with using a kitchen knife to score her balls, but bought a lame one – and she convinced you to buy one too.
Baker of Seville bread lame
In March and April, the BA recipe that consistently received the most traffic was this for four perfect baked potatoes. (Step one: identify which appliance in your kitchen is the oven.) Whether it’s your first time cooking at home or you’re a seasoned professional in need of a refresher, you’ve figured out what to do with all of those potatoes , but not where to keep them – until August, when Healthyish released this piece about a ceramic bowl for your root vegetables and fruits.
Emile Henry ceramic storage bowl
You know how merino wool is the perfect background layer because it wicks moisture away from your body and keeps you warm and dry? These coasters are like that, and they come in so many good color combinations with names like Bauhaus and Palm Springs. Your coffee table thanks you.
Pack of 4 Merino Wool felt coasters
I saved a lot of money this year on fancy coffee shop toppings. Maybe you have, as many of you have snapped up on this sleek matte black kettle from Fellow.
With-Corvo EKG kettle
The editor-in-chief Cristina Martinez knew that buying mineral water bottles that had been shipped from remote mountain springs was not exactly environmentally friendly. But she also didn’t want to be satisfied with a bulky plastic beverage machine. You apparently felt the same way because you loved the Scandi-chic Aarke Carbonator – available in stainless steel, matte black, mod white, or 100 percent pure gold (not quite, but if you’re giving this as a late night Christmas present, no you need to know) .