Welcome to What’s Newour column where we round up the latest in food products, beverages, and kitchen and cooking tools.
You no doubt come across new kitchen products and food brands all the time while scrolling through Instagram, watching your favorite TikToker, or googling “best air fryer.” Sorting through the good, the bad, and the trendy can feel like a lot; we’re here to help. Welcome to what’s new, a column where we round up the latest in food products, beverages, and kitchen and cooking tools.
Some of these items we’ve already tried and can’t stop using. Some of them are so new that we haven’t gotten our sweaty little hands on them yet. Regardless, all of the products mentioned are from brands that we know and love. Whether you’re in search of a gift for your favorite dinner party host or you just like to keep your pantry on trend, consider this a timely shopping guide.
This month read more about nifty bread ovens from Le Creuset, some outdoorsy styles from apron kings Hedley & Bennett, and a new way to store soup.
For me, the hardest part of making bread isn’t keeping my starter nourished or nailing down my shaping. It’s lowering a ball of dough into an outrageously hot preheated Dutch oven. Le Creuset’s bread oven—essentially an inverted Dutch oven with a shallow base and domed lid—makes the process infinitely easier. Like all Le Creuset products, its bread oven is made of enameled cast iron, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is available in a range of gorgeous colors. This is a store-on-the-counter piece of cookware for sure. —MacKenzie Chung Fegan, senior commerce editor
Year & Day is a brand that encapsulates a sophisticated, minimalist aesthetic with a neutral-colored palette, offering everything from ceramic pasta bowls to stemmed wine glasses. Now, they’re collaborating with BA favorite Atelier Saucier on machine-washable napkins that pair with the color palette of their ceramics. The Everyday Napkin is made with 100% recycled fabrics and comes in sets of four. It’s available in Moon Twill (a white cotton twill with contrast stitching) and Daybreak Linen (a blush pink linen with off-white stitching). —Tiffany Hopkins, commerce writer
C. Cassis has its fair share of fans around the BA office. It’s tart, herbaceous, and complex—more like a vermouth than Ribena—and at a mellow 16% ABV, it’s perfect for Kir royales and springtimey spritzes. So I was excited to hear about their limited-edition release of barrel-aged cassis. It’s the same great juice, but after six months in whiskey barrels, the blackcurrant liqueur emerges spicier and slightly oxidized in a lovely way. Marry it with whiskey for a luscious take on an Old-Fashioned. —MCF
Stasher bags have helped me massively reduce my dependence on single-use plastics. The reusable silicone bags are perfect homes for bits of cheese, half an onion, or balls of cookie dough saved for a rainy day. But know what you can’t put in a Stasher bag (or a plastic sandwich bag, for that matter)? soup. Stasher’s newest products are flat-bottomed, resealable pouches that are dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. A cross between a sandwich bag and a bowl, they’re ideal for leftover grain salads, stews, and delicate produce like berries that I don’t want getting squished. —MCF
For high-quality aprons that are both stylish and functional, we love Hedley & Bennett. They’ve got designs and prints—featuring everything from tie-dye bears to celestial constellations—for just about every cook. Hadley & Bennett’s most recent drop is the For The Parks collection, which caters to lovers of the great outdoors. These hand-drawn aprons are an ode to some of the country’s most iconic landscapes like the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Yellowstone national parks. The nature-inspired collection gives back to the The Conservation Alliance, an organization working to protect land and water throughout North America. —TH
A Y-peeler is the only peeler you need, but that certainly doesn’t mean your workhorse peeler will last a lifetime. Like knives, the blade will dull over time; unlike knives, sharpening isn’t an option. Usually replacing a blade isn’t an option either—which is what makes Material’s The Forever Peeler a notable newcomer. Just like an old-school razor, Material’s sturdy stainless-steel vegetable peeler comes with a replacement blade. When peeling broccoli stems starts to feel like a chore, just remove the old blade and pop on the new one. Like all Material products, the peeler is well-designed, durable, and a bargain at $28 for the quality. —MCF
When I want a plant-based cooking oil with max versatility, I reach for avocado oil. The subtle buttery flavor and high smoke point of avocado oil work well for both everyday cooking and finishing. This set is a product from West~bourne, which began as one of the first zero-waste restaurants in New York City. It comes with both extra-virgin (smoke point of 482°) and refined (smoke point of 520°) oils for handling almost any cooking task you can think of. Use the extra virgin avocado oil for drizzling over crunchy salads, roasted veggies, or yogurt parfaits. And reach for the refined avocado oil for all things high-heat: stir-fried shrimp, grilled squash, or oil-based snacking cakes. According to West~borne, each avocado was grown, harvested, and pressed at an organic orchard in Mexico. —TH
We love a CRUXGG x Ghetto Gastro collab (see: a very cool toaster and touch screen air fryer). And now the Bronx-based culinary collective has released its Seasoned Blue Steel Fry Pan, a kitchen workhorse that is both lighter than a cast-iron skillet and heats up in half the time. It’s made of 2.0mm heavy gauge, annealed carbon steel. What does that mean, you ask? The company says to expect the pan to be as durable as what you might find in restaurant kitchens. It has a natural resistance to rust and corrosion and is particularly conducive to cooking at high temperatures. Get this fry pan in 8, 10, or 12 inches—or purchase a set. —TH