For stirring, beating, chopping, and more, wood-handled kitchen accessories are so much nicer looking and feeling than their synthetic counterparts. The good news: Wood handles are making a comeback. We’re planning to upgrade our kitchen arsenals one tool at a time.
Above: Best Manufacturing’s 10-inch Wood-Handled Balloon Whisk is made in the US and comes with a lifetime warranty; $11.95 at Sur la Table. For more local heroes, go to 15 American-Made Kitchen Classics.
Above: An old-fashioned, round-handled Potato Masher is $14.95 from Flotsam and Fork.
Above: Pallares Solsona Carbon Steel Knives are handmade by a third-generation bladesmith in Solsona, Spain, and finished with boxwood handles. They range from $57 to $75 at March in SF.
Above: Back to basics: A Natural Rubber Spatula with a removable handle and a hole for hanging is $6.95 at Flotsam and Fork.
Above: Italian company Bianchi’s workbench-style, wood-handled graters are at the top of Julie’s wish list. Perfect for grating cheese or ginger, they’re hard to source in this country but available via Klala of Japan. The Medium Grater (shown above, middle) is ¥2,808 ($23.72). Contact Bianchi Casalinghi for more information.
Above: The beechwood and stainless steel Opinel Peeler is made in France and dishwasher safe; $12.95 from Opinel.
Above: The Scandicraft Wood-Handled Pastry Mixer is made in Canada; $9.95 from Amazon.
Above: For scrubbing produce, this German Round Vegetable Brush is made of beechwood and Tampico fiber; $12 from Brook Farm General Store.
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