You’ve got a fancy blender and a stand mixer with all of the attachments. But do you own these basics?

By Heath Goldman
January 05, 2016
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Storing your everyday cooking salt in a cellar makes seasoning food, not to mention measuring out teaspoons, a faster and neater task. (No more fiddling with a pour spout!) This beautiful, functional pick is made from a single piece of polished hardwood from South Africa. To buy: $50, thewoodenpalate.com.
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The Wooden Palate Salt Cellar

Storing your everyday cooking salt in a cellar makes seasoning food, not to mention measuring out teaspoons, a faster and neater task. (No more fiddling with a pour spout!) This beautiful, functional pick is made from a single piece of polished hardwood from South Africa.

To buy: $50, thewoodenpalate.com.

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Iris Hantverk Dough Scraper

Every baker needs this simple tool that quickly cuts pastry and makes cleaning off stuck-on dough a breeze. This Swedish version with a birch handle and a stainless steel blade is as beautiful as it is utilitarian.

To buy: $26, fjorn.com.

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English Ceramic and Wood Mortar & Pestle

Ideal for grinding up whole spices (which taste more fragrant than pre-ground), vanilla beans, or even mashing avocados (hello, guacamole) this tool is made from extra-hard porcelain that won’t absorb odors and can washed in the dishwasher.

To buy: $35, kaufmann-mercantile.com.

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Zalto Universal Glass

Though dishwasher safe, these sommelier-designed wine glasses are the lightest and thinnest we’ve ever held. The bowls are large and the stems are so thin that you barely feel them. They are a bit priceybut they can also make a $10 bottle of wine taste like a $30 one...so, you do the math.

To buy: $60, aldosohm.com.

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Bulls Bay Saltworks Bourbon Barrel Smoked Flake

Flaky finishing salts are a cook's staple, but how about flaky salts that add a layer of smokiness to food, too? Talk about a kitchen power player. This solar-evaporated sea salt is smoked with aged oak bourbon barrels and will quickly become one of your most used ingredients. For starters: try sprinkling over pan-seared steak.

To buy: from $3, bullsbaysaltworks.com.

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Bialetti Moka Express

Fancy espresso makers are luxurious—and expensive. Especially when this simple, inexpensive, and compact gadget makes espresso in a matter of minutes, right on your stovetop.

To buy: $35, surlatable.com.