The 10 Best Things Kitchn Staffers Recently Bought on Amazon
As you undoubtably already know, Amazon is a never-ending pit of kitchen gadgets, groceries, decorative items, and thousands (millions?) of other things. It can be overwhelming! To help you navigate the pages — and pages! — of products, we polled the Kitchn staff to see what goodies they recently bought.
Here’s what everyone’s been shopping for, why they love their purchases, and how they’re using them.
“We usually buy and grind coffee at the grocery store, but we were recently gifted some bags of our favorite Stumptown beans and wanted to grind them at home. My husband ordered this coffee grinder based solely on its low price — to our surprise, it does a pretty decent job of grinding! It’s easy to use and the cord hides neatly away, which I love.” — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor
2. kidsWATER Naturally Flavored Water, $30 for 32
“I buy so many random things on Amazon! I most recently ordered these kids water boxes for my kids’ soccer season, which starts this month. They are dye-free, and have no sugar added, but they still feel like a juice box.” — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor
3. Joseph Joseph DrawerStore, $10
“This little organizer just came on the market and it is the only thing that worked for my narrow silverware drawer. And I really tried everything out there.” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Editor
4. Espro Coffee Press, $60
“Can you tell Kitchn editors really love their coffee? The last thing I ordered was this French press. I think I saw it recommended on Wirecutter. I had another one from Bodum that was doing a terrible job of filtering out the coffee and one day I had enough of my sad coffee and splurged a little on this. I’m so glad I did: The filter is so fine that not a single bit of coffee grounds makes it into my cup. Plus, it can also be used for tea.” — Tracey Gertler, Production Assistant
5. Premium Microwave Sterilizer Bags, $11 for 10
“I love these easy, inexpensive microwave sterilizer bags for sterilizing baby things, from bottles to pump parts to pacifiers. Now, I keep thinking of more things to sterilize — I wonder how it would work on my toothbrush?” — Faith Durand, Editor-in-Chief
6. Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets, $31 for 25
“I first learned about these tablets from a post that ran on Kitchn years ago. I decided to give them a chance and have never looked back. They’re eco-friendly and manage to clean even the crudiest dishes every single time. ” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor
7. The Big Book of Kombucha, $25
“I bought this for a coworker because she wanted to get into making kombucha, and I found this book to be a great in-depth guide to the process — particularly the flavoring part! We both really love kombucha that’s flavored with greens, and this book has a recipe for that.” — Kaitlin Flannery, Social Media Manager
8. Charleston Favorites Stone-Ground Grits, $14 for two pounds
“I needed them SUPER fast for my mom’s birthday. They had to be stone-ground because they’re creamier, more flavorful, and all around better, so I was not willing settle for the regular grits that my supermarket had.” — Hali Bey Ramdene, Food Director
9. Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker, $62
“Now that I’ve got my sourdough starter back up and running, I wanted to buy an inexpensive dutch oven to bake my loaves in. (Those expensive enameled dutch ovens can get stained and can even crack — and I already risked it once with my Le Creuset and was scrubbing it clean for hours.) This is the one the Tartine Bread cookbook and other serious bread bakers recommend — and it’s a really good price. (It was marked down to $35 when I got it!) I also really love that the two parts can be used separately, so that adds a 10-inch cast iron skillet to my collection, which I won’t complain about!” — Sheela Prakash, Assistant Food Editor
“I bought one of these last year after reading about it on this site, but one wasn’t enough so I just bought a few more! I use them all the time for things like cut fruit, lemon wedges, energy bites, and bringing snacks to work. I also recently ripped my original one (PSA: don’t turn them inside out to dry them, they might eventually tear), so this was a necessary purchase.” — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor
Note: All prices were accurate at time of publication.
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