Here's the truth: we always need something for our kitchen. Like building a wardrobe or a shoe collection, we're always on the lookout for a new item, one that is as functional as it is beautiful, fun as it is funny, one that makes us squeal with delight or makes our dishes much more delicious. So every month starting now, we're pulling together a list of our favorite items. These are the gadgets and gizmos we're coveting this month. (And in honor of St. Patty's Day, they're all green!)
We're going green in more ways than one with these cute cotton printed napkins. They come on a roll just like paper towels but are made of 100 percent cotton. Each towel can be used up to six times. Just throw it in the wash after each use. And when you've hit your six-time limit, you can throw it in a compost pile because the napkins are 100 percent biodegradable. Better still, they come in all sorts of cute colors (we might go for Bubble Gum Pink next time!), so they'll always be in style.
What kid (or adult) wouldn't squeal with delight after finding a dinosaur sandwich in their lunchbox? This cute crust cutter gives you two dinosaur shapes so that PB & J instantly takes your kid back in time! Use it to cut through sandwiches, tortillas, quesadillas, and more.
Vegetable Cutter, $6.63
Turn snack time into adventure time with these cool vegetable cutters. The set of six includes a cat, dog, pig, elephant, dolphin, and penguin, and each has a flat surface for stability. Just cut by pressing down with your palm. Use them for cucumbers, pineapple slices, ham, cheese, even tortillas or sandwich bread. You'll be a lunchtime legend.
Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars, $10.99 for a set of 6
Serving up cute cocktails? Use mason jars. Mixing up overnight oatmeal? Use mason jars. Need to store kitchen odds and ends?... You get the picture. These mason jars, though meant for jamming and pickling, are amazing kitchen multitaskers that look great! They add a touch of whimsy to any kitchen and a splash of color, especially in this lightly tinted version.
Herb Stripper, $7.99
Oregano leaves are tiny. You realize how tiny when you need three whopping tablespoons and you've got 20 minutes to get dinner on the table. Make quick work of it all with this cool herb stripper that strips, collects, and measures. Just insert the stem into the desired hole root first, pull the herb through, and find your leaves in the bowl. The bowl catches and measures (with 1 tablespoon, 2 tablespoon, 3 tablespoon, and 1/4 cup measures) and stores the fresh herbs until you're ready to cook.
Watch out! A big bowl of mami's arroz con gandules is about to hit the table! Where are you going to put it? We suggest these awesome, multi-use silicone trivets. You can shorten or expand them based on the size of the pot, use them under or around pots and pans, and unhinge them to wash and store. And you can put together the blossoms to expand to size of your trivets. And with 12 colors, you can mix and match your way to a full collection.
3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, $9.95
If you've been using a kitchen knife to whack away at avocados, you've been doing it wrong. This handy, dandy 3-in-1 tool does everything you need: splits, pits, and slices. It's got a comfy non-slip grip and it's dishwasher safe. So when you're done making all that guacamole, simply toss it in with the dishes.
Army Man Bottle Opener, $10.64
This cool Army Man Bottle Opener is such a cute gift for the manly men in your life. Made in die-cast metal, it's built to last. When not in use, it lies flat like a decorative piece; on a bar, just hook it around beer bottle caps and lift! We suggest buying a few so you have a full troop on hand for fiestas.