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June 18, 2021
20 Very Useful Kitchen Things Under $100 From Food52 Everyone Should Get
From someone who’s organized three home kitchens in the last year, these are my top affordable picks.
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It’s no secret that we’re fans of Food52, which makes and sells some of our favorite home and kitchen goods, like Staub Cocottes and a roasting pan that can stand up to the responsibility of Thanksgiving dinner.

While you might know the site for their sleek cookware and put-together aesthetic, they also have tons of affordable essentials. As a kitchen organization obsessive Food52 is usually the first place I look when I’m searching for clever storage items or stylish dishes I can use when entertaining (I may have added several things to my cart to prepare for a long summer of outdoor cooking when writing this list). Take it from me, whether you’re looking for some fancy glassware or need to stock an entire new home’s worth of pots and pans, there’s a Food52 solution for just about any kitchen task.

Read on for my top 20 picks of Food52 favorites that never disappoint, from their basically-perfect oven mitts that actually look cute to a universal knife block that’d look sleek on any kitchen counter. The best part? Everything on this list costs less than $100.

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An Apron And Oven Mitt Combo

We’re huge fans of Five Two’s oven mitts and pot holders, since they offer the best of both worlds with a heat resistant silicone exterior and a soft cotton interior lining. Plus, they’re magnetic so you can just pop them on your stove or fridge to save drawer space. You can bundle their oven mitts with their best-selling, looks-good-on-everyone apron, which has tons of handy features like a chest pocket for a pencil and glasses, an adjustable neck strap, and extra long waist ties that ensure a secure fit.

Get Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders ($70)→

Design-y Salt and Pepper Grinders

These salt and pepper grinders would be a gorgeous and functional addition to just about any home kitchen. They also come in a variety of muted colors, as well as a stunning brushed brass if you’re more into a gilded aesthetic.

Get Menu Salt and Pepper Grinders ($82)→

One of Our Favorite Cheese Boards

There are cheese boards, and then there are charcuterie boards. By our not-at-all-scientific standards, this board, that looks like a literal tree slice, falls into the latter camp. It’ll definitely impress any dinner guests you may have, and also costs less than $30.

Get Fortessa Wood Slice Serving Board ($25)→

A Timeless Olivewood Spoon Set

I’m obsessed with these olivewood spoons from Staub, the makers of our favorite dutch oven. They perfectly straddle traditional and modern design, and the two shapes are ideal for stirring stews, turning doughs, or scraping the sides of a bowl. These tend to sell out, so if you’re unable to snag a pair, I also love the olivewood spoon from Food 52’s in-house brand, Five Two

Get Staub Staub Olive Wood Spoon & Spatula Set ($50)→

A Space Saving Colander

This silicone colander collapses to take up less valuable cabinet space, and can even function as a heat resistant trivet. You can also use it as a steamer or splatter guard, making it a versatile kitchen essential.

Get Frieling Multi-Function Silicone Pot Insert ($38 - $48)→

The Embodiment of the Egg + Skillet Emoji

Sometimes all you need is a tiny lil’ cast iron pan to fry up a single golden egg. If that’s not enough to convince you, the smaller size would be perfect for making a large gooey cookie or roasting some heads of garlic in the oven.

Get Staub Mini Cast Iron Fry Pan ($79)→

Vintage Inspired Coupe Glasses

These coupes glasses are the perfect vehicle for a very elegant looking martini, or a brunch mimosa that’s 99% prosecco.

Get Luigi Bormioli Vinea Cocktail Coupe Glasses, 4-pack ($55)→

Gorgeous Neutral-Toned Rocks Glasses

These amber-hued rocks glasses from Estelle Colored Glass would make the perfect addition to any home bar, or a solid Father’s Day present.

Get Estelle Colored Glass Hand-blown Colored Rocks Glasses, 2-pack ($85)→

A Space Saving Dish Rack

This over-the-sink drying rack, like pretty much everything from Food52’s Five Two line, is more than meets the eye. The silicone coated stainless steel construction can support drying pots and serve as a puddle-free landing area for rinsed produce. The utensil caddy attachments can easily be used for cutlery, and utensils, but it can also be popped out to double as a silicone strainer for small fruits or herbs. I could talk about how much I love this dish rack for hours, but the short version is: it’s great, and you should buy it.

Get Five Two Over The Sink Drying Rack ($45)→

Cult-Favorite Mixing Bowls

Rosti’s melamine and wood fiber blend bowls have such a passionate following that they’re almost always sold out. People love their handy features like an anti-slip bottom ring that makes whipping up frosting or heavy cream a breeze, a pour spout for less messy transfers of batters, and leak proof lids ideal for overnight marinades. The bowls also nest neatly for easy storage, and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

Get Rosti Pebble Margrethe Nested Mixing Bowl Set ($94)→

Some Bento-Inspired Plates

These plates, made in collaboration with it-store Merci Paris, are great for upgrading to a more adult dinnerware set. They can also act as compartmentalized serving platters for dishes and their corresponding dips or sauces.

Get Serax La Nouvelle Table by Merci ($48 - $160)→

Fun & Summery Glass Straws

If you don’t already own a vast collection of reusable straws, this summer-appropriate colorful glass set would be the perfect place to start.

Get Juiceglass Glass Straw Set, 4-pack ($36-$39)→

A Bag That Only Holds The Necessities

Yeah, you could go all out on your next picnic with coolers, blankets and chairs, or you could simply bring what really matters: the wine and a little bit of cheese.

Get àplat Wine Bottle Tote and Cheese Board ($82)→

A Double Decker Dish Rack

This dish rack is ideal for smaller kitchens, as it maximizes your vertical space without taking up a large surface area on your counter. There’s also a drip spout to help drain off excess water.

Get Yamazaki Home Double Decker Dish Rack ($78)→

A Universal Knife Block

This minimalist knife block can hold a variety of knife shapes and sizes. You can also place knives in any orientation with this block, so it optimizes storage for your space.

Get Zone Modern Danish Knife Block ($74)→

Perfect Your Olive Oil Drizzles With This Cruet

If you want to make the most out of your olive oil, you’ll want to keep it in an opaque container to shield it from UV rays. This simple ceramic cruet is great for drizzling oil onto veggies, salads, and more. Get Casafina Simple Ceramic Olive Oil Cruet ($44)→

A Gift Set For the Little Chef In Your Life

This gift set can help little ones help out in the kitchen (and poses low risk of a kiddo hurting themselves). The set comes with a finger guard and not-actually-sharp knife to teach growing chefs how to properly hold and use a knife, as well as a kid-friendly peeler with a finger ring that’s ergonomic for smaller hands.

Get Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife Set ($49)→

A Citronella Candle That Actually Looks and Smells Nice

It’s officially hot vax summer, which means that mosquitos are a thing again. Ward them off with this candle that smells like eucalyptus, and geranium and doesn’t scream “bug control.”

Get Yield Citronella Outdoor Candle ($28 - $38)→

A Universally Flattering Apron

This 100% cotton apron would be great for summer gardening or tackling messy kitchen tasks. The square neckline and cross back design is easy to toss on and off, and looks good on basically everyone.

Get The Floral Society Essential Workshop Apron ($80)→

A Chic Farmer’s Market Bag

These wide mesh totes were designed for carrying fresh produce from your local farmers market, but they can also work as a stylish bag for hauling books, flowers. I also like it for the beach, since it won’t have sand stuck inside for eternity.

Get Filt French Net Market Bag ($48 - $74)→

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