12 Kitchen Gadgets That Stand the Test of Time
As seen in our moms’ cupboards and drawers.
Love fades, seasons change, but some Pyrex bowls last forever. We dipped into our mothers’ kitchens to see which gadgets were still kicking after all these years. Below, some great gift ideas for the moms in your life.
1 Electric Skillet
Bun Bun (my mother, so named because of her maiden name Buncic) has always been a fan of (and uses to this day, nearly every day) her electric frying pan. If she were only allowed to use one kitchen item for the rest of her life, I think this one would be it. —Steph Sisco, Home Editor
To buy: DeLonghi BG45 Electric Skillet, $39; amazon.com.
2 Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker
It’s definitely our heart-shaped waffle iron. Growing up, my friends would come over specifically for these waffles, and my dad still makes them for us when we come home for the holidays. This isn’t the exact model we had growing up, but it’ll get you close. —Grace Elkus, Former Associate Food Editor
To buy: Chef’sChoice 830-SE WafflePro Taste and Texture Traditional Five-of-Hearts Nonstick Waffle Maker, $60; amazon.com.
3 Stainless Steel Box Grater
My mom and grandma both said that their stainless steel box grater is the one sturdy constant in their kitchen. It’s most often used to shred Colby-Jack for pimento cheese spread or cheddar for my great-grandmother’s famous squash casserole recipe. —Brandi Broxson, Senior Editor
To buy: TableCraft Products SG203BH Stainless Steel 4 Sided Box Grater, $8; amazon.com.
4 Pyrex Mixing Bowl
Both of my grandmas baked almost everyday and what I remember most is that they each had a favorite large Pyrex mixing bowl. Grandma Georgia’s was yellow and Grandma Von’s was blue. They never used anything else. —Wendy Granger, Former Photo Editor
To buy: Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set, $12 for three bowls; amazon.com.
5 Manual Food Chopper
“Tuna chopper” for tuna salad (duh!), and egg salad. —Rachael Weiner, Former Senior Style and Market Editor
To buy: Kwik-kut Cutlery Serrated Food Chopper, $8; amazon.com.
6 Stainless Steel Pastry Blender
A pastry blender that’s all stainless steel rather than wooden or plastic handle, so you can wash it a bunch or soak it without the handle loosening. —Leslie Yazel, Editor-in-Chief
To buy: Winco 5 Blade Pastry Blender, $5; amazon.com.
7 Pyrex Baking Dishes
My mom is a big Pyrex woman. She only used Pyrex bakeware. That kind of stuck in my head and now it’s all I use. —Hannah Norling, Former Associate Producer
To buy: Pyrex 1107101 Basics Clear Oblong Glass Baking Dishes, $25 for 2; amazon.com.
8 Cast Iron Cornbread Pan
A cast iron pan with molds shaped like corn cobs (for making corn bread). —Elizabeth Passarella, Former Contributing Editor
To buy: Lodge L27C3 7 Stick Cornstick Pan, $23; amazon.com.
9 Hand Held Egg Beater
My mom still uses one of these hand-crank mixers that I think was my grandmothers. —Rebecca Daly, Former Senior Fashion Editor
To buy: Danesco 1304071SS 12-Inch Rotary Egg Beater, $15; amazon.com.
10 Grapefruit Spoons
Still in love with my grandmother’s grapefruit spoon. —Brigitt Earley, Former Deputy Editor
To buy: Norpro Grapefruit Spoons, $9 for 4; amazon.com.
11 Hand Crank Flour Sifter
I have the fondest memories of using my mom’s hand-crank flour sifter. That was always “my job” when we were baking together. —Dawn Perry, Food Director
To buy: Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Hand Crank Flour Icing Sugar Sifter, $10; amazon.com.
12 Cast Iron Skillet
And, the only thing you need in your kitchen—the cast iron skillet. —Rebecca Longshore, Former Social Media Manager
To buy: Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet, $15; amazon.com.