For the last year, all of us lived in some sort of quarantine situation. And, during those times, there was basically nothing to do on our downtime except cook, bake, drink, take walks and organize. Over… and over.. and over again.
But Spring is right around the corner and that urge to spruce up our dwellings as well as replace or upgrade those worn items is tagging along right behind us. While you may have been busy Marie Kondo-ing your entire house last year, it’s time to bring in some new items that spark joy. Especially in the kitchen.
We scoured the Internet for some of the most original, most durable and most smile-inducing kitchenware items that you should have your eye on this season.
Caraway Home: Caraway Home, which has been a direct-to-consumer brand thus far, has finally entered the retail market. In an exclusive with Crate + Barrel, Caraway debuted a stunning silt green color way accented with gold-colored stainless steel handles. Available in a 7-piece non-stick ceramic cookware set for $445, it includes a 10.5-inch frying pan, 3-quart lidded saucepan, 4.5-quart lidded sauté pan, 6.5-quart lidded Dutch oven, four magnetic pan racks for convenient storage, two cork trivets and a canvas lid holder with two clear plastic hooks for storing lids on your cabinet doors. Shop Now.
Fissler: Looking to add new fry pans to your collection? Fissler has you covered with the debut of its latest Levital Comfort Fry Pans. Levital is heavier and more substantial than most fry pans. It provides superior heat transfer and cooking performance, with an extra-large frying surface and a high-sided pan body optimized for frying or sautéing. The Levital coating is unusually dense because it combines PTFE particles of different sizes. And, it doesn’t sacrifice on function, either. The integrated indention with stopper on the handle makes the pan easier to grip when sautéing, and a thumb stop prevents slipping. Raised measurement markings add convenience when adding liquids. The pans have a 5-year warranty and come in two sizes: 9.5-Inch for $109.95 and 11-Inch for $129.95. Shop Now.
Heritage Steel: Handcrafted in the U.S., this brand is a stainless steel powerhouse. However, its shallow wok has recently been stealing the spotlight with several cookware editors, including those at Taste of Home and Forbes. The 13.5-inch wok has long, curved sides and small flat surface, is dishwasher safe and has an easy pour rim. Shop Now.
Hestan: If you haven’t taken a look at Hestan yet, there is no time like the present. The brand has a few gorgeous (and super durable!) collections including its ProBond and NanoBond lines. Now, the brand is having a spring sale (!) on its skillets, including those from its Titum line. The skillets are made with a premium clad metal construction with a unique aluminum core that delivers 35 percent greater heat conductivity. Add to that a 20 percent larger cooking surface and you have cookware with beauty and brains. Shop Now.
House Copper: If buying a piece of cookware from a badass blacksmith isn’t enough to get your wallets out, then really, nothing is. Sara Dahmen wasn’t a cookware manufacturer by trade — in fact, she was a writer. After doing research for her books, she realized that the old school American craftsmanship and cookware design had all but disappeared. Now, she creates unique, durable pieces of copper and cast iron cookware for a living. Shop Now.
Rabbit: Looking for a new cocktail set that’s a perfect combination of form and function? Rabbit’s Craft Cocktail Set has everything you’ll need to serve up some delicious cocktails, including a cocktail spin spoon, muddler & reamer, silicone strainer & jigger, garnish tool and mixing glass. It also has a chic design that will make you want to leave them on the bar cart and not in a cabinet. Shop Now.
Smeg: If you’re looking for a kitchen conversation piece, basically anything from Smeg will do the trick. The company’s streamlined retro look has everyone doing a double-take. Now, the company is launching brand new cookware and, hello, we need it all. The full set includes a diverse roster of cooking essentials for every type of meal: Four frying pans, two sauce pans, one wok, and one casserole dish. Each piece features an aluminum body with an internal non-stick coating, glass lid, stainless steel handles, they are dishwasher safe, and feature a patented base that evenly distributes heat. Shop Now.
Smithey Ironware: This may be the cutest little cookware you ever did see! Smithey Ironware has debuted its No. 6 skillet — a mini skillet that is perfect for meals for one. Cook up tasty frittatas, fry up just enough chicken or treat yourself to an after-dinner treat that’s extra special: One skillet cookie coming right up. This cookware also carries the brand’s signature high-polished surface. Shop Now.
Vietri: In its first dinnerware collection in more than a decade, Vietri did not rest on its laurels. Named Pietra Serena, these beautiful plates, bowels and serving pieces are handcrafted in Tuscany of Italian stoneware. Accented with handpressed edges that pay tribute to the architectural details of Florence, Italy during the Renaissance, the line is dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven-safe. Shop Now.
Williams Sonoma: OK, obsessed isn’t even the word for this glassware. Private labeled for the company, these stunning vintage-inspired pieces are hand etched in a stylized floral motif. And, since we’ve all been honing or home mixology skills during this pandemic, why not show them off in something beautiful? These glasses come in a set of four; a decanter is available separately. Show Now.
Zyliss: If you’re looking for a knife that is comfortable, Zyliss has created this one especially for you. The company’s Comfort Pro Cutlery has finger rest and thumb rest touch points designed to provide for comfortable and controlled chopping. It also includes an antibacterial handle and is dishwasher safe to keep all sorts of germs away. And, if that’s not enough, the cutlery line is made from German stainless steel, making it a kitchen workhorse. Grab a bread knife, Chef’s knife, paring knife or a 12-piece set. Shop Now.