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The Ikea Essentials: Editors’ 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

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The Ikea Essentials: Editors’ 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

March 21, 2019

When it comes to kitchenware, Remodelista editors are known to stockpile a few trusty (and inexpensive) Ikea standbys. Here are our most-reached-for favorites.

For no-fail roast chickens, Fan favors the compact Fantast meat thermometer; $6.99.
Above: For no-fail roast chickens, Fan favors the compact Fantast meat thermometer; $6.99.
Social media manager Kristina keeps the multifunctional 365+ Glasses on hand; $5.99 for a set of six. The heat-proof tempered glass and affordability makes them indispensable for cooking prep.
Above: Social media manager Kristina keeps the multifunctional 365+ Glasses on hand; $5.99 for a set of six. The heat-proof tempered glass and affordability makes them indispensable for cooking prep.

Izabella swears by the stainless steel Grunka four-piece kitchen utensils. At $5.99, it&#8
Above: Izabella swears by the stainless steel Grunka four-piece kitchen utensils. At $5.99, it’s a surprisingly hefty set for everyday use.
Margot has been known to give the 365+ carafe ($4.99) as a hostess gift; with a cork stopper, it keeps water and juice fresh and can fit in the fridge door.
Above: Margot has been known to give the 365+ carafe ($4.99) as a hostess gift; with a cork stopper, it keeps water and juice fresh and can fit in the fridge door.
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Above: “I admit, I have a mental block on liquid measure conversions,” confesses Justine. “Therefore, I find Ikea’s stylish, no-conversions Vardagen liquid measure ($3.99) to be a lifesaver.”
The Tekla dish towels are my pick: The red-striped cotton towels look neat (and more expensive than they are), but at 79 cents each I don&#8
Above: The Tekla dish towels are my pick: The red-striped cotton towels look neat (and more expensive than they are), but at 79 cents each I don’t hesitate to use them to clean up spills (or as stand-ins for cloth napkins).
Meredith uses the Sinnerlig glass jar ($.99), an Ilse Crawford design, to store herbal teas.
Above: Meredith uses the Sinnerlig glass jar ($14.99), an Ilse Crawford design, to store herbal teas.
Julie recommends the Blanda serving bowl: &#8
Above: Julie recommends the Blanda serving bowl: “It has the look of handblown glass (and almost reminds me of a Belgian Henry Dean piece) for only $4.99.”
The Ordning colander ($loading=
Above: The Ordning colander ($12.99) also has a place in Julie’s kitchen: “It’s a sturdy, deep colander workhorse; I use it almost daily and it’s held up for years,” she says.

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Above: Alexa says, “Ikea’s stainless steel Småbröd roasting pan does the trick—and for a good price.” It’s no longer available, but the simple Koncis Roasting Pan is similar; $9.99.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 19, 2017.

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