11 Tools That’ll Get You in the Kitchen
When people talk about resolutions and food, it’s usually about things they plan to get rid of—gluten, dairy, martinis. But what helps bring us out of the deprivation place is focusing on all the things we are excited to cook. And when the dust finally settles post-January, it’s that stuff that remains: the habits and behaviors we enjoy most, partly because they help us feel good, but mostly because it feels good doing them. In the kitchen, the tools we have at our disposal make all the difference. And no, it’s not just because a donabe, say, is the key to easy weeknight dinners—but if you’ve ever tried this stunning clay version, you know you have a new ritual on your hands.
There’s no more versatile or simple a
place to start a cookware upgrade than with the
frypan, a culinary workhorse. We love these in particular because—aside from being a gorgeous icy blue—they’re nonstick and nontoxic, and there are no harmful fumes involved. We’ve never used a frypan that was easier to clean. Plus, both come with coordinating clear tempered glass lids.
There’s no more versatile or simple a place to start a cookware upgrade than with the frypan, a culinary workhorse. We love these in particular because—aside from being a gorgeous icy blue—they’re nonstick and nontoxic, and there are no harmful fumes involved. We’ve never used a frypan that was easier to clean. Plus, both come with coordinating clear tempered glass lids.
goop x GreenPan
GOOP EXCLUSIVE 10″ & 12″
COVERED FRYPAN SET
If you used January to Marie Kondo your kitchen, this stainless-steel-and-ceramic
set has exactly everything you need to
start anew. Because it’s GreenPan, all
of it is made without PFAS, PFOA, lead,
or cadmium, meaning the pans resist
damage and never release harmful
fumes or toxic chemicals (even if you
accidentally overheat or thermal-shock your pan). Everything is dishwasher-safe, too.
VENICE PRO CERAMIC NON-STICK
COOKWARE, 10-PIECE SET
The dead of winter needn’t halt your grilling aspirations! We love this grill pan because it’s easy to clean and pretty lightweight. A pan is ideal for grilling vegetables, fish, and all the ingredients in between. February fish tacos, anyone?
SIMMERLITE NON-STICK GRILLPAN 10″
ALL THAT SPARKLES
Call it a way to reduce waste; call it an awesome indulgence: This stainless steel carbonating device delivers on all fronts. All you do is push the lever until you hear it buzz and you’ve produced a fizzy, bubbly beverage—no electricity or batteries required. It comes with a BPA-free reusable bottle, too.
STAINLESS STEEL SPARKLING WATER MAKER
We try to avoid buying plastic whenever we can, and especially when we’re shopping for tools that have a high likelihood of spending any time in boiling water. Both these sets pass that test.
GOOP EXCLUSIVE FOUR TOOL SET
This set is the ideal starter kit. The metal spoon works in the obvious contexts, but is also the perfect size for plating and serving. The slotted spatula is both strong and flexible, with a beveled edge for cutting and serving. The slotted spoon is what poached egg and pasta dreams are made of (note the thoughtfully squared edge, which helps you guide food up the side of a pot without anything going overboard). And then there’s the whisk, which brilliantly stands upright when not in use.
STAINLESS STEEL KITCHEN
TOOL 6-PIECE SET
If you’re looking for the full monty, consider this set: Made in the Niigata region of Japan (known for incredible lasts-a-lifetime stainless steel), the bundle includes a butter beater, a turner, a skimmer, and three different-sized ladles for any need.
You can flip to any page of this book and find a recipe that’s clean. Another promise: Any page you flip to will have a recipe that is easy to master and, most importantly, tastes like something you could eat again and again, regardless of whether you’re dairy- or gluten-free that week, for life, or never. GP’s new cookbook also contains six doctor-approved cleanses, with accompanying meal plans. But we might love it most for the packable recipes (workday lunches just got a lot more interesting at goop HQ) and the quick ones (dinner on the table in less than thirty minutes). Just look for the “packable” and “quick” icons throughout the book.
THE CLEAN PLATE
FOLD THIS IN
Use these dish towels as an alternative to paper towels or disposable face wipes, or as napkins for the table. They’re made from organic cotton, so you can throw them straight in the washer.
Natural Linens Boutique
DISH CLOTHS, SET OF 8
High-quality extra virgin olive oil is a health food. What’s not particularly great—yet depressingly common—is deodorized, corrupted olive oil that’s labeled and marketed as a health food but is nut oil, mixed oils, or worse, some kind of oil treated with chlorophyll to look green. But once you know how to spot the real deal (small-batch organic or biodynamic EVOO that doesn’t come from a factory farm), there are plenty of great options to choose from. We stock up on this small-batch, extra virgin duo from Brightland, which works just as well on kale salad as it does drizzled over sorbet. The glass bottles aren’t just pretty, either—they’re coated with UV powder to protect the olive oil from damaging light.
THE DUO EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS
Sure, you don’t need a cast-iron teapot to heat up water—but consider how good-looking this one is: From the sleek silhouette to the grey-and-brass coloring, it has enough aesthetic appeal to motivate us to brew tea several times a day.
GET YOUR COMP*ST TOGETHER
If you’re a composting novice, these products can ease you into it: Instead of throwing your food waste (eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit peels, almost anything you can eat) in the trash, collect it. You can go for the chic countertop solution or just the bags; the planet will thank you for either.
COUNTERTOP COMPOST BIN
If You Care
COMPOSTABLE FOOD WASTE BAGS, 3 GAL
THE ONE-POT WONDER
A donabe (which means “clay pot” in Japanese) is the epitome of a one-pot cooking tool: You can steam, stew, braise, and cook the most incredible rice you’ve ever had, along with more intricate dishes as you wish. Plus, a donabe goes straight from stove to oven to table, which means elegant presentation with minimal cleanup. This particular donabe is handcrafted by a family of artisans who have been making them for centuries.