Editor's Picks: The Best Kitchen Products for 2012
An All-in-One Avocado Tool
Upgrade your kitchen with these new and innovative tools that'll make preparing and cooking a meal ridiculously easy -- and super-fun!
Quickly slice and dice an avocado with this specialty tool. The mini prongs sink into the pit for quick removal, and a curved blade lets you scoop close to the skin.
Kuhn Rikon avocado tool, $13, SurLaTable.com
By: Sarah Newell
A Modern Ice Cream Scoop
Sometimes dessert is all about presentation. That's when you need a cylindrical scooper like this one to make gorgeously stacked ice cream cones.
Cuisipro Scoop and Stack ice cream scoop, $16, ChefsResource.com
Modular Herb Storage
If you're constantly tossing wilted herbs, try this modern storage unit that will keep them fresh for weeks. Its unique capsule shape submerges fresh herbs in a water-sealed environment and sits nicely in a refrigerator door.
Prepara herb containers, $30, Macys.com
A Unique Cake Pan
Bake individual servings of your favorite cakes in this silicone cake pan. Instant portion control!
Just A Slice cake pan, $10, PerpetualKid.com
A No-Sweat Jar Opener
This is the year to stop straining your hands when opening tight-fitting lids. We've found a tool that does the trick! Use this one-size-fits-all opener and never spill, crack or break a jar again.
WMF lid gripper, $35, Williams-Sonoma.com
Now available to the masses, these stainless-steel knives are designed by the NYC-based Schmidt Brothers duo. The block set has everything you need to chop your way through the kitchen. We love that the magnetic acacia board is a universal storage piece, allowing you to add to your collection as needed.
Schmidt Brothers 15-piece Downtown block, $200, WestElm.com
Roast Clips and Skewers
Reusable and heat-safe for the oven, these clips and skewers will keep your stuffed meats secure while cooking.
Roast clips & skewers, $15, Vacuvin.com
A Steamer Basket
This trusty gadget allows you to steam food in the microwave without it getting soggy from sitting in water.
Lekue 1- to 2-person steam case with tray, $40, Amazon.com