Practical Preserving: 10 Products from Agrarian – New from Williams-Sonoma
Have you seen Agrarian, the new line of home gardening and preserving resources from Williams-Sonoma? Yes, Williams-Sonoma has branched out into the world of supplying home gardeners, picklers, preservers, beekeepers and kombucha-makers. This is a world we’re very familiar with, of course, here at The Kitchn, so we took a look through their new offerings to find 10 products we thought you might like. From handsome fermentation crocks to kits for cheese-making, here are practical products for home preservers.
While Agrarian offers larger solutions for homeowners (beehives, chicken coops) we focused on smaller practical resources for urban preservers.
• 1 Mozzarella/Ricotta Cheese-Making Kit, $25. We’re so smitten by the idea of making our own cheese. These kits include everything you need (rennet, citric acid, salt, a thermometer, cheesecloth and more). Also check out the goat cheese version.
• 2 Kombucha Brooklyn Kit, $70. Everything you need to start a batch of homemade kombucha.
• 3 4-Tier Sprouter Kit, $16.95. Sprouts are the most practical way for urban dwellers to grow something fresh and green, and this compact kit makes it extra-easy.
• 4 Fermentation Pot, $79.95. A big, heavy crock like this is essential to making sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented vegetables. This one is handsome enough to leave on your countertop all the time.
• 5 Shiitake Mushroom Log, $29.95. Grow your own shiitake mushrooms at home with this log, which produces a batch of mushrooms every two months for about three years.
• 6 Grow Frame with Bag, $49.95. If you do want to grow some small crops on a balcony in the city, then this grow bag setup is wonderfully compact and efficient. Plant a couple cucumber plants, or vining zucchini and you’ll feel like you’re in a real country garden all summer long!
• 7 Grow Cook Eat by Willi Galloway, $29.95. Agrarian offers a well-curated selection of books on gardening, chicken-keeping, and preserving. We wanted to point out this one because Willi, a master gardener, is also a sometime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. This is a gorgeous book.
• 8 Hurom Slow Juicer, $359.95. We reviewed this juicer a year ago, and we gave it two thumbs up. It extracts juice slowly and effectively from fruits and vegetables.
• 9 Herb Drying Rack, $18. Drying herbs is another good way for city cooks to preserve some summer bounty from the markets or their own herb pots.
• 10 Kilner Clip-Top Jars, Set of 4, $24.95 – $34.95. Last but not least, a shout-out to a super set of canning jars. These jars are great for lots more too, like storing sauces and dried herbs.