The Brand Behind Some of Our Favorite Seasonings Launched a Set of Essential Tools for Latin Cooking

published Sep 8, 2022
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When you’re making your favorite traditional Latin American dishes, it’s important to have the right ingredients — but it’s also essential to have the right equipment. That’s why we’re so excited that Loisa, the Latin food brand behind the seasoning duo we just ranked as our favorite of 2022 in this year’s Kitchn Essentials: Grocery Edition, has just launched a gorgeous line of kitchenware that includes the tools you need for making tostones, mofongo, salsa, and so much more.

These new tools and utensils include a mortar and pestle, a masher, a skimmer, and a beautiful tostonera for all your plantain-smashing needs. Each item is made from either durable bamboo or stainless steel, and a few include silicone grips for comfort and non-slip functionality. We also love that, in addition to making top-notch pantry staples and tools, Loisa donates a percentage of each month’s sales toward fighting food injustice. Keep reading for the deets on each piece in the collection.

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A tostonera is a vital tool in any Latin kitchen for flattening plantains to fry and make perfectly crisp tostones. This model from Loisa comes with an extremely durable hinge, so you can press plantain after plantain without missing a beat. The silicone base prevents any slippage while you work.

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Every kitchen needs a masher, but Loisa made this masher with mashed plantains, potatoes, and beans in mind. It boasts a few clever design features, most notably the curved edges on the bottom that are designed to reach every part of your bowl so you won't need to pause and scrape the sides. It also has a thick, non-slip handle to make your mashing work comfortable and easy.

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If you don't already own a mortar and pestle, consider this new version. Crafted entirely from bamboo, this set has smooth surfaces that will be easy to clean no matter what you're grinding and mixing. The silicone base is also a game changer, so you won't have to keep readjusting the base. Use it for mixing spices and salsas, then remove the bowl from the base to serve.

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Finally, Loisa's skimmer is here for easy scooping while you fry. The silicone head is safe for nonstick and stainless steel so you won't scratch anything, while the thick bamboo handle will be comfortable and hold up to regular use.

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The Plantain Set is perfect for making a wide variety of dishes at home, from mofongo to tostones. It includes the Tostonera, the Masher, and the Skimmer, and you can mix and match colors to add bright pops to your kitchen.