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50 best kitchen essentials

Published 24/09/2011

<b>Kenwood Stripes Barcelona</b><br/>
Serious bakers need serious mixers and this, apart from its fun stripes, is a serious mixer. The stripes come in five different colourways and accessories include a balloon whisk, five-litre stainless-steel bowl, beater and dough hook. <br/>
<b>Where</b> <br/>
<b>How much</b> £399
Kenwood Stripes Barcelona
Serious bakers need serious mixers and this, apart from its fun stripes, is a serious mixer. The stripes come in five different colourways and accessories include a balloon whisk, five-litre stainless-steel bowl, beater and dough hook.
How much £399
Tea, Coffee, Sugar Stackable Tins
Anything that saves space is usually welcome in a kitchen and these tins are perfect. The top one has a tight-fitting lid while the others use the boxes above. They look small but there is enough room inside for a standard bag of coffee.
Where 01789 400077;
How much £15.50
Sagaform Heart Bowl with Ladle
I'm not normally one for cutesy shapes in the kitchen but for this I'll make an exception. Sagaform is Swedish so it's Scandi, which makes it cool, and it's a stoneware bowl with an eco-friendly bamboo ladle. Would look fabulous with a warming winter soup or pasta dish in it.
Where 08456 049049;
How much £35
Silicone Tongs
As long as you don't leave them too close to the gas ring so they melt (you know who you are) then silicone is great for kitchen tongs as it's non-stick. They come in an ever-increasing range of zany colours, too, and can be opened and closed with one hand, leaving the other one free for the pan you are holding.
How much from £8.99
Eddingtons Magnetic Retro Kitchen Timer
Making a cake or loaf? You'll need a trusty timer. While most ovens have one built in, someone always seems to lean against it and set it off, so this magnetic one can stick to the fridge and tick safely away.
Where 0844 3574772;
How much £7.35
Self-Draining Dish Rack
No matter how big the dishwasher, sometimes you have to wash by hand. With this drainer, the spaces are flexible to grip plates, the spout drains straight into the sink and the pots are large enough for utensils.
Where 020-7261 1800;
How much £40
Zyliss Smart Touch Salad Spinner
Home growing means home washing and if you have embraced the grow-your-own phenomenon then you will be cleaning a lot of lettuce. This has a one-touch handle, non-slip feet and a lock-flat lever for storage.
How much £21.86
Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle
This is one sexy kettle. It's Italian, uses 25 per cent less energy than a conventional kettle, and, get this, you can programme it to boil at specific times of the day. Now for the self-filling cafetiere.
Where 020-8450 5600;
How much £188.94
Louella Glass Butter Dish
Based on an American design found in a flea market this lovely retro butter dish is heavy enough not to tip over when the butter's hard and allows you to see how much is left at a glance. No more greasy packets here, thank you.
Where 0845 608 4448;
How much £13.50
Jamie Oliver Tilt and Mix Bowl Set
Three stainless-steel bowls, which can be stacked together under one lid for easy space-saving storage. Each bowl has measurement markings to save you getting the scales out and an anti-slip silicone base.
How much £55
Butterfly Salad Servers
We're either on a post-summer-indulgence diet or the weather is still good, in which case salad remains on the menu and these pretty melamine servers will brighten up any bowl of lettuce.
Where 020-7942 5494;
How much £10
Ole Jensen Dustpan and Brush Set
The most boring of tasks can be done stylishly with this. The pan is thin enough to catch all that pesky fluff and can be stored flat in a drawer or hung on the wall.
Where 01869 340479;
How much £20
Naifu D67 Chef's Knife 6'
Japanese knives that are hand-sharpened and develop their own marbled patina on the blade. Their handles are pleasingly weighted and covered in a non-slip substance.
Where 020-899020-8960 1020;
How much £55.50
Candy CCVB25T Wine Cooler
At just 15cm wide, this will slide perfectly into one of those awkward spaces that many kitchens seem to have left over and it holds seven bottles of wine.
Where 0800 032 3249;
How much £167
Eva Solo Deli Jar
These are pretty storage jars and will look gorgeous filled with various foodstuffs and lined up on open shelves. Four sizes from 0.7 to 2 litres and a tight-fitting stainless-steel lid.
How much £29
Kyoto Green Pan Frying Pan
An environmentally friendly non-stick pan made from Thermalon, which won't chip and will even release its grip on dried-on scrambled egg.
Where 01483 255845;
How much £32
Mr and Mrs Food Face Plates
No, it probably won't encourage them to eat their vegetables but food should be fun so why not give it a go?
Where 0844 573 7070;
How much £8.99
Blumz SinkStrainer
It's not particularly glamorous but this nifty little bit of plastic designed into a pretty flower shape will keep your plug clear and save you a horrid job.
Where 01789 400077;
How much £6.50
Elevate Spatula
It's a small thing but when you're down to the bottom of the jar and the handle of the tea spoon (and your fingers) get all sticky, you will be glad of this.
Where 020-7261 1800;
How much £9
Lavazza A Modo Mio
Everybody's leaping on to the expresso-pod coffee-maker bandwagon but the beauty of this one is that you can buy the pods in supermarkets and not just online. Where
How much £125
Sale Jar Funghi
Part of John Lewis's new, funkier range, this little china pot is meant for salt but would probably be just as useful with other little bits and bobs in it. There's a matching vinegar bottle too.
Where 08456 049049;
How much £22
Kitchen Grips Oven Mitts
All of that cooking and baking is going to require oven gloves for fetching hot pots and tins. These are both water repellent and stain resistant and can even be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
Where 0151-651 2265;
How much £17.99
Cake Server
This is a really neat idea. It cuts the cake and then very gently grips it so you can transfer it to the plate without having to scrape it off the slice and scoop it up thus losing half the icing in the process.
Where 020-7923 7840;
How much £14
Deluxe Corner Pedal Bin
Another space-saving whizz, this triangular bin will tuck back into the corner. In addition, it's fingerprint-proof, which is a godsend as the most common complaint about stainless steel is the greasy marks it attracts.
Where 01491 875974;
How much £109.99
Artisan Maple Chopping Board
Many chopping boards are so heavy when they're full of peeled potatoes that you can barely lift them up. These are lighter, easier to manoeuvre, and have a handy hanging hook.
Where 01989 561931; www.
How much £42
Ordning Kitchen Scales
A set of totally plain and simple scales with a dial that slides in and out to save space and enhance the design. Can be set to zero so you can keep adding to the content.
Where 0845 355 2255;
How much £18.99
Poppy Meadow Storage Jar
This range taps into the current mania for all things retro. The pleasingly tactile lid is made from wood and the pots are handmade in Portugal.
Where 020-7720 1117;
How much £20
Autograph Three-Piece Stainless-Steel Saucepan Set
These have copper bases, so they conduct the heat better than aluminium, but complete copper pans are too heavy to lift so this is a good compromise.
How much £85
Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Large Casserole
Part of Conran's extensive range for Portmeirion, this rounded casserole goes perfectly from oven to table and even on an electric hob and in the microwave.
Where 01782 744721;
How much £48.50
Tea Towels
Some of these are pretty enough to frame and hang on the wall but if you have to do the washing up, they should help. There are dozens of designs and they're all gorgeous.
Where 0845 652 9274;
How much from £8.95
Chef 'n Garlic Zoom
This device rolls to and fro over the clove until it's as fine as you need. Tap it and the bits fall out and then rinse it under the tap.
Where 0844 922 1010; How much £8.99 or £15.99 for a large size
Breville Radio Toaster
Listen to the radio and make breakfast at the same time. With variable width slots for thick and thin as well as a reheat and defrost function. Genius.
Where; 0844 922 1010
How much £59.99
Bread Bag
Apparently, bread keeps much longer in a bag than in a bin. There have been reports of bread lasting for two weeks when kept this way.
Where 015394 88100;
How much £7.99
Silicone Pastry Mat
A non-slip mat,which stays flat and comes with conversion charts and a template guide, so it takes all the guesswork - and maths - out of baking.
Where 015394 88100;
How much £18.49
Cheese Dome
Not just for cheese but also for cakes and biscuits that you might want to protect from passing insect life. This will bring a bit of glamour to the table.
Where 0845 130 6622;
How much £40
Denim-Stripe Adult Apron
Made in the UK from genuine indigo-dyed fabric, these aprons are generously sized for him or her and can be tied at the front or the back. The neck strap is adjustable, too, which is a neat touch and, before you ask, yes, there are children's ones as well.
Where 020-7722 0997;
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology
'Surface glide' is s a fancy way of saying more grating, less effort. There's a choice of 12 types of grater from long thin rasps, wider flat ones to box graters, which take up more space.
Where 0151-651 2265;
How much £12
Whirlpool Max MAX25/ABG Microwave
This microwave's clever curved back means you can slide it right back into a corner so it will take up less space on precious worktops.
Where 0800 032 3249;
How much £122
Rosendahl Opus Storage Jar
These rather gorgeous yet very simple glass jars come in a range of sizes suitable for spices, packets of pasta or coffee. The stopper has an airtight seal so they're also good for cereal and biscuits.
Where 01908 307020;
How much From £14
Maxim 2-in-1 Jug and Scales
Whatever recipe you're following, you'll need precise measurements and this jug measures liquids and solids so you can mix all the ingredients together and, hey presto, all you need to do is transfer to the baking tray.
Where 0844 1268;
How much £21.49
Portobello Crockery
White crockery never goes out of fashion. This set comprises all the plates and bowls you would expect but also has rather nice touches such as the heart-shaped platter and china carafe.
Where 0844 736 4222;
How much from £6 for an eggcup
Kitchen Cloth Holder
Instead of draping the cloth over the tap or the side of the sink, you can use this magnetic holder that sticks firmly on to the the sink allowing it to dry and keeping it out of sight.
Where 01908 307020;
How much £40
Microplane Herb Mill
Now this is a good idea for all those fine herbs that get bruised when you are holding them tight enough to chop. And even if that doesn't happen to you, this is a fun way to chop soft herbs.
Where 015394 88100;
How much £24.99
Bodum Bistro Electric Hand Mixer
The new Bistro range from Bodum is rather funky and comes in lots of jazzy colours including zingy orange and purple. Includes three attachments to mix, blend and purée.
How much £50
Set of Two Square Cake Tins
If you've baked a pretty cake then you'll want a pretty tin to store it in. This set comes in two sizes and will keep everything fresher for longer. They're robust too.
Where 01480 417940;
How much £22
Pyrex with Plastic Lid
A useful bit of kit as you can use it to make a huge lasagne or a fish pie (for example) and then stick the lid on and bung it in the fridge before reheating for next time.
How much From around £5
Open-air Cutlery
For something a bit different, try this set of cutlery. It works just as well indoors and would also mix in well with existing cutlery in a jokey kind of way.
Where 0844 884 2340;
How much £115 for a 24-piece set
Compost Bin with Charcoal Filter
This has a tight-fitting lid to keep the insects away and each filter lasts between four and six months.
Where 020-8693 5150;
How much £32.50
Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors
Every good kitchen needs a good pair of scissors and these are comfortable to hold and will cut through everything from string to vegetables and meat.
How much £12
Cuisinart Cook & Steam
This little machine will cook any pulses (and porridge) and the hold function means they will stay at the perfect temperature until you're ready to serve.
How much £50

Take the heat out of cooking with this stylish collection of culinary kit, chosen by Kate Watson-Smyth

>>Click on the image on the right to launch our guide.

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