Kitchen Gear That Will Make Your Mother-in-Law Jealous

We may never have a kitchen as perfect as the ones in Nancy Meyers’ movies — with a $40,000 range and Provençal sunlight streaming in cinematically — but we can have the perfect cooking gear. We turned to SwearBy’s foodie fam for their tips on the absolute must-have kitchen tools, from a do-it-all Instant Pot to Instagram-worthy spoons.

Food52 Wooden Spoons

There’s something primal about stirring with a wooden spoon — perhaps because no ancient ancestor of anyone used a non-stick silicone utensil to stir what they had bubbling over the hearth. Says Alana Kysar:  “I use wooden spoons when I’m mixing soups, stews, curries and other dishes that will have a prolonged amount of contact with the utensil in question, because it may impart the tiniest bit of its essence, and so I’d rather a woody note rather than a rubber or silicone note in my dish—wouldn’t you?” These versions, designed by the cookware obsessives of Food52 and made of sustainably grown teak, handle like a dream. 

Instant Pot DUO Plus 8

“I use my Instant Pot at least 2 times per week‚ because it’s great for short ribs, stews, pork butt, baby back ribs, and even never-fail duck confit,” says Megan Brosterman, who loves that it cooks things lightning-fast and tastier to boot. Buy it with one go-to cookbook of Instant Pot aficionados: “Instantly French! Classic French Recipes for your Electric Pressure Cooker,” by genius food writer Ann Mah.

Bodum French Press

Whether you prefer pour-over, cold brew, or a good old fashioned cup of percolated Mr. Coffee, everyone can use a French Press. (For one thing, it’s life-changing to hand guests their own caffeine-source so you can get back to yours). Says Caroline Schiff: “I’m a total coffee addict, and at home, this is how I brew two big, strong cups for myself. Bodum makes some of the best at a great price, and they’ll last you a lifetime.”—Caroline Schiff

Vitamix Professional 750 Blender

Celebs who hopped on the celery-juice bandwagon ballyhoo Vitamix for good reason: the legendary blender can expertly make everything from frozen desserts to airy soups with its five pre-programmed settings. “It’s worth every penny, and has been my go-to for smoothies, soups, batters, baby food, etc. for the past 6 years,” says Tatum Getty. The best part: drop in some dish soap and water, and it cleans itself in just 60 seconds. 

Breville Variable-Temperature Tea & Coffee Kettle

Don’t believe a great cuppa tea requires a different water temperature than pour-over coffee? Ask a British person, and you’ll hear a rebuttal (green tea tastes best with the water at 175-degrees, oolong at 195—just don’t ask us why). “I never thought I’d have an opinion on boiling water. Yet, here I am,” says Michelle Song. “I love how you can pick different temps on this kettle (they tell you what the different temps are ideal for ie., green tea, french press, etc). It’s well designed, easy to use, and easy to clean.”

OXO 5-Piece POP Container Set

Is your pantry pretty much the opposite of a Kardashian’s? Look no further for the solution.  “These are amazing,” says Caitlin Kimmet. “They make a fantastic airtight seal and hold just about anything! We use ours for pasta, brown sugar, beans and lentils, coffee beans…I didn’t think I’d love them so much, but they are great.” Take note, Khloe!

Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.