Guest Picks: Finely Crafted Wood Kitchen Accessories
Bring warmth and a homespun feel to your kitchen and dining room with wood shakers, bowls and other accessories
My father works with wood, and I love to keep some of his creations around the house as a reminder of his craftsmanship. Not everyone can collect family-made creations, but lots of people tell me that wooden objects are the items they cherish the most in their kitchen. Yes, sometimes they're a splurge, but the following wood kitchen accessories will last a lifetime and more and become your own wood heritage. — Marie from Food Nouveau
If you love collecting sea salts, a mill is an absolute must. I like that this one is made out of olive wood. It reminds me of the Mediterranean where so many amazing salts are from.
Tongs are probably my most-used kitchen accessory. I have several pairs to make sure I always have one on hand when I need it. As a change from the regular stainless style, I love these bamboo tongs. They remind me of chopsticks.
A beautiful dining table simply must feature candles. These pillar candleholders are sure to make a statement, and you can brag that they're sustainable too. They're made of recycled saal wood reclaimed from old Indian railroad ties.
I feel like these river rock salt and pepper shakers would make for the perfect hostess gift. They're as beautiful as they are useful.
Dipped halfway in white paint, these teak spreaders are the perfect complement to a cheese and pâté plate.
I find that beautiful serving spoons make all the difference in a kitchen. This spoon is great for measuring tea or salt, and the wood used to carve the spoon has never been treated with chemicals.
Make these your special-occasion cutlery. Made of teak, the soft, round handles are oiled for a contemporary, minimalist look.
I've always found that honey jars have something romantic about them. Wouldn't transferring store-bought honey to your own heirloom jar give you the impression that you're in absolute control of your life? If I were ever to do this, I'd use this super cute jar. I just love that rope handle.
I have a soft spot for things made out of salvaged wood. I feel like it gives objects a deeper meaning. These walnut coasters will beautify any coffee table and get even better looking with age.
My mom has several breadbaskets, but I feel like they're a bit of an old-fashioned habit. But when I saw this one, I thought I'd gladly use it instead of just throwing bread in an ordinary ceramic bowl. It can double as a small serving tray too.
Wooden salad bowls are quintessential in any kitchen, classic or modern. My mom has had hers for over 25 years, and they look just like these! These bamboo bowls are beautiful, and contrary to what you might think, they don't absorb odors and are very easy to clean.
These striking bowls are carved by hand from mango wood, making each one completely unique. I love the live edge of tree bark around the rim that adds to its rustic beauty.
Every cook needs a quality butcher block. Invest in one and it'll last you a lifetime. This 3-inch thick one, made in the USA from sustainably harvested solid cherrywood, makes a beautiful and enduring addition to the kitchen.
This is another classic. No need to dry the dishes when you have such a handy and beautiful dish rack sitting by the sink at all times. I love the darker shade of acacia wood that makes this a grown-up version of the classic $5 rack that that everyone seems to have owned at some point in their young-adult life.
If I were a caterer, I'd stock up on these to serve appetizers in a very special and unique way. The plates are made from reclaimed oak and finished in olive oil, and their design is ideal for serving canapés. Flip them and they become small cutting boards.
Use these wooden placemats to warm up any table. They're absolutely striking used over a linen tablecloth. Have them monogrammed for an extra-special gift idea.
I love the shapes and contrasting colors of this set of chopping boards. Each board is hand shaped, sanded and treated with a blend of beeswax and food-safe mineral oil. They're great for serving cheese, canapés or mignardises.
These coasters (can you believe they're coasters?) are elegant enough to be hung on the wall. They're the perfect gift for that person on your list that seems to have it all.
Almost everyone that sees me using a lemon reamer asks me, "Is that really useful?" I tell you, being the citrus lover that I am, I cannot live without one. They make juicing quick, keep your hands mostly dry and, most importantly, allow you to extract every last bit of juice from each citrus half. Rinse it under running water after each use, and it'll keep for years and years.
Ideabook published on Nov. 28, 2012.
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