10 Tools Kitchn Editors Have Been Using for More than a Decade

published Jan 14, 2021
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The best kitchen tools are, arguably, the ones that have been with you the longest. They’re here year after year, use after use, bake after bake, and cook after cook — always performing flawlessly. It maybe something that’s front and center, like a stand mixer. Or perhaps it’s a gadget that spends most of its time in a drawer, but is unfailingly helpful at what it does.

Out of curiosity, I asked fellow Kitchn staffers what kitchen workhorses have been with them for 10-plus years. As expected, some notable brands (like KitchenAid!) made the cut, but so did a few shockingly quirky items — including an egg slicer! Here’s what my coworkers had to say.

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

“When my partner’s grandmother died 12 years ago, he was given her KitchenAid stand mixer that she bought in the early ’60s. She was an incredible Italian cook, and used this thing all the time, so I figured we’d have it for a few years before needing a new one. I mean, it’s 60 years old! But no — it still works like a dream. Even the paint is holding up. Our stand mixer is twice as heavy as the newer models you’ll find today, but that just means I love it twice as much. It’s the true definition of a kitchen workhorse.” — Ariel Knutson, Features Director

2. Dansk Casserole Dish

“Ever since I left for college, I’ve carried my mom’s bright yellow Dansk Dutch oven with me from apartment to apartment. I took the pot for granted for years, embarrassed by the color, chips, and stains. I used it infrequently and hid it away often. All I really wanted was a shiny new Le Creuset or Staub. In the past few years, though, I came to realize how lightweight and versatile it is. I also finally appreciated its retro vibes, especially when I saw Samin Nostrat had the exact same one on Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.” Sheela Prakash, Senior Contributing Food Editor

Note: The yellow version of this casserole dish is currently unavailable, so we linked to a different color.

3. Oven Rack Pusher

“I would have never thought to buy myself this oven rack pusher, but I inherited it from Bubbie more than a decade ago and I use it at least a few times every week. It has this little notch that hooks over the oven rack or pan and pulls things in and out, so I can check on whatever I’m cooking — without putting my mitt-clad thumb right into the dish. It’s wood, so it’s super durable and still looks as good as the day my grandma got it.” Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director

4. Kitchen Scale

“I’m a baker by temperament, so the more precise I can be in the kitchen the better. More than a decade ago, my dear friend Charlotte gifted me a Chefmate scale. (Lesson: Friends get you flowers. True friends get you a kitchen scale.) It’s a basic model, but it’s simple to use, easy to clean, and accurate. A few years ago, after watching too many episodes of Great British Bake Off, I decided that it was time to upgrade to a fancier scale. Big mistake! After a few days of messing with all the buttons I didn’t need, the Chefmate came out of retirement and has been in heavy rotation ever since.” Nina Elder, Executive Food Director

Note: While the Chefmate scale is discontinued, we’re also big fans of this Escali scale, which costs about $25 and is incredibly accurate. We’ve included a link to this product above.

5. Pampered Chef Egg Slicer

“My mom has had the same Pampered Chef egg slicer for decades. I remember fighting with my siblings for the chance to pull down the lever. We’d make one horizontal cut and one vertical cut, yielding uniform hard-boiled egg cubes to make her famous egg salad. To this day, I still think it’s the most satisfying kitchen tool to use. She won’t pass it down to any of us yet, but I like to think that it’s basically mine.” Lauren Masur, Lifestyle Editor

6. Potato Ricer

“I have a plastic ricer with metal plates that, for 10 years, gets pulled out every time I make mashed potatoes. It just makes the smoothest potatoes with ease, ready to soak up butter and milk. I know it’s a bit of a unitasker, but a regular potato masher never yields the same results and I will never part with it!” — Christine Gallary, Food Editor-at-Large

7. Wooden Spoons

“For as long as I can remember, my parents have had the same couple of wooden spoons. One of them has a rounded edge, while the other has a flat corner that’s ideal for scraping. They seem to be the most durable spoons on the planet. My parents even (gasp!) wash them regularly in the dishwasher, even though I always tell them not to. While theirs appear to be brandless, one of the first kitchen-related things I bought myself during college was a couple of these spoons. I have hopes they’ll last as long as my parents’ spoons!” Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm, Lifestyle Editor

8. Cast Iron Skillets

“When my now-husband and I moved in together, I learned just what a joy it is to cook with incredibly well-loved, well-seasoned, and well-cared for cast iron skillets. Yes, skillets, plural. Our cookware collection includes four of my late mother-in-law’s cast iron skillets (a 10-inch, 8-inch, and two 6-inch skillets) that are at least 20 years old. The 10-inch is my favorite and I use it almost daily.” Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor

9. A Microplane

“There is a reason why the brand name Microplane has become synonymous with graters. (Like Kleenex and tissues!) The brand is the best of the best. A Microplane is not a grater; it’s a flavor maker. It makes the best lemon zest and the fluffiest piles of Parmesan snow.” — Faith Durand, Editor-in-Chief

10. Norpro Hand Crank Flour Sifter

“Although I’ve updated the majority of my kitchen appliances over the years, my family has used the same heart-shaped waffle iron and old-school sifter (for dusting powdered sugar onto the waffles) for decades.” Grace Elkus, Deputy Food Director