We love to browse new kitchen gadgets and tools, but in the end, we tend to stick with the basics. We get new things now and then, but we always return to favorite classics. One of these classics is a set of sturdy, all-purpose mixing bowls. Read on for how we use our mixing bowls, and for five good sets of multipurpose bowls.
Mixing bowls are a necessity in the kitchen, of course, and we like to keep a range of sizes around. Bowls and wooden spoons; you can never have too many! We have one or two really enormous stainless steel bowls for big projects (we use these constantly) but we also find it's helpful to have a nested set of attractive, multipurpose bowls.
If you find the right set, mixing bowls can go from the kitchen to the table. Mix bread in the bowl one day; serve a salad in it the next. We are always using our smaller mixing bowls for serving side dishes and salad, and for storing prepped ingredients in the fridge.
What about you? Do you have a favorite set of mixing bowls? Here are five sets that would look great in the kitchen — or on the table.
• 1 Multicolor Earthenware Bowls, Set of 7, $159 at Williams-Sonoma. Whew, pricey! But very pretty. Maybe they'll go on sale soon.
• 2 4 2-Tone Plastic Bowls with Lids, $14.99 at Urban Outfitters. Yes, they're plastic, but they're inexpensive, colorful, and hey, lids!
• 3 5-Piece Parker Bowl Set, $36.95 at Crate & Barrel. A classic set, and very handsome.
• 4 Nigella Lawson Bliss Mixing Bowls, $50.95 at Amazon. OK, so these aren't very colorful, but we have had our eye on these for years. We love the way that food looks in egg-shaped bowls like these.
• 5 Colorful Earthenware Mixing Bowls, $19.99 at Chef's Catalog. On deep sale, down from $90. Just the cream and kiwi colors are left. We like how these bowls are a little more shallow -- great for serving pasta.