Reusable Toaster Bags For Grilled Cheese + More Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets For 2021

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Playing Chef Christopher Kimball's Favorite Kitchen Gadgets Of 2021 So Far

We're all about going easy on ourselves and having delicious fun in the kitchen. Luckily, Milk Street's Chef Christopher Kimball — and author of Cookish: Throw It Together (we love the sound of that!) — always helps us do just that with his latest list of kitchen gadgets he's loving

This time around, Chris uses three of his current favorite kitchen gadgets to make his Ancho-Spiced Pork & Potato Tacos. (*Drool*)

1. Kuhn Rikon Performance Ratchet Grinder, $26

kuhn spice grinder
Kuhn Rikon

"There are some whole spices, like cumin, coriander, fennel, peppercorns — it's better to buy them whole because they last longer," Chris explains. "Then when you grind them just before you use them, the aromatics are fresher."

Chris likes to use a ratchet grinder to get the job done for his taco seasoning blend. "If you think about it," he says, "turning the top of a grinder is not ideal, even if you [have] 20-year-old wrists. But this is fun and easy to do." 

2. wet-it! Swedish Sponge Cloths, starting at $8

wet-it cloths
wet-it!

"I love these," Chris says. "They last about six months. They are Swedish sponge mats. You can throw [them] in a dishwasher, in a washing machine, in a microwave for a couple minutes to disinfect them. I go through these huge rolls of paper towels, so these are great and they're not expensive."

These cloths serve a ton of purposes in the kitchen, of course, but Chris used them to pat dry the potatoes for his tacos. "You dry them off because when you sauté them, you get better browning if they're not wet," the chef explains. 

3. Boska Reusable Toaster Bags, $15 for 3

toaster bags
Boska

Chris uses these reusable bags to warm up his tortillas. Genius! But they're also great for other meals, he says.

"[They're] great for grilled cheese or reheating pizza slices," the chef tells us. "Instead of doing a grilled cheese in a cast-iron skillet where the cheese leaks out and it's just a mess, it goes right into the toaster." 

"And you can throw these in the dishwasher, by the way," Chris says. For the record, Rach could NOT get over these.

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