In my 28 years of life, I don't think I've ever walked into a kitchen that actually has an organized, matching set of counter top cooking tools. Be it friend's apartments, office kitchenettes, even my grandmother's house—I genuinely can't recall a single kitchen that doesn't have the same hodge podge of ladles, tongs, and other cooking tools collected over the years, tossed haphazardly into a hand-me-down vase or up-cycled vessel.
Until recently, I fell into this camp. My countertop collection consisted of: colorful rubber scrapers, metal tongs, a few random ladles, a meat pounder I don't think I've ever used, two whisks, and a plastic spatula with a half-melted handle, all packed into a glass vase I had gotten from a bouquet a long time ago. Was is it functional? Maybe...? Most of the tools hadn't been updated since my college days, so barely. Was it pretty? Definitely not.
When Material Kitchen's "The Fundamentals" set ($195, 20% off with code WELLANDGOOD right now) showed up at my door to test for work, I decided it was time for an overdue *adult* upgrade. I donated my sad collection of misfit tools and promptly put this beautiful set on my counter—now I'm imploring you all to do the same.
The Fundamentals includes all your favorites: two sleek knives, a wooden spoon, a metal spoon, slotted spatula, tongs, and a ladle, all in a chic, magnetic base that you’ll be proud to put on your counter. Use code WELLANDGOOD at checkout for 20% off during April.
Where to start? Between the stunning wood base, the Instagram-worthy tools and the effectiveness of each, it's hard to pick favorites. "The Fundamentals" go back to basics in the least basic way possible, elevating the everyday kitchen tools you know and love to something you'll actually want to show off.
Let's start with the tools themselves—these pieces are most definitely a treat. Each set includes the most exquisite essentials, including two Japanese stainless steel chef's knives (one 8-inch, one 4-inch), a wooden spoon, a metal spoon, a slotted spatula, and tongs. The looks alone are so pretty, and feature a pop of color on each piece (besides the tongs and the wooden spoon) that elevate an overall minimalist aesthetic.
But the function is much more impressive. They're easy to use and work well—something I didn't know I was missing out on when I was using my assortment of random, Dollar Store goodies. For instance, my new spatula doesn't ever stick to the pan, since it's stainless steel. That doesn't mean it's too rigid to turn, say, a pancake or a flaky filet of fish. It's bendy enough without being fragile and is melt-proof for the times I accidentally leave it on my skillet. The spoon is cool, too, since it's actually three tools in one. Most obviously, I use it to stir sauces and soups. But it doubles as a measuring spoon with a 1/4 cup capacity, and acts as a serving ladle come dinner time.
If I had to narrow it down, though, I think my favorite part would come be the chic, organized base that, again, marries function and beauty. You can choose from two types of wood bases: walnut or maple. I went with maple, and—not to toot my own horn, but *beep beep*—the light wood looks fresh and clean against my white cabinets and kitchen counters. It looks put together, like I didn't just have a vase filled with randomness in its place minutes before.
The best part of the base, though, is its thoughtful design. The five tools fit perfectly into the slotted base, while the knives hang neatly from a magnetized inner wall. This secret magnet wall keeps them off the bottom, protects them from getting scratched, and provides an easy place to grab from when you're mid-meal prepping. While other products skimp on convenience and functionality, Material Kitchen's tools set blends them seamlessly, and layers on design—something your potpourri of kitchen tools definitely doesn't do.
I know, I know—breaking up with that random vase of spatulas, tongs, and whisks isn't easy. But trust me—it's the *adult* upgrade that'll make you feel like a top chef with the counter space to match. And now is the time—this month, you get 20% off any Material Kitchen goods with the code WELLANDGOOD.
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