Food | Kitchenware
I was driving around Healdsburg, California looking for a place to park and the only space I could find after 10 minutes of driving was almost right in front of SHED. This is an amazing place dedicated to sustainable agriculture. They have a food shop, a restaurant, and a space for lectures and events. And an incredible kitchwares department. Really unusual things. All natural materials. I was especially impressed with their collection of all natural bristle bottle brushes (a very difficult thing to find nowadays). This is a kitchen store with items chosen with a sustainability viewpoint, by people who know how and love to cook.
Reusable drinking straws plus sleeves made from hemp to keep your straws clean and easy to carry.
Great lids for your Mason jars to make them more useful. Chalk Tops let you label and relabel the lids, Timber Tops let you top your jars with bamboo wood instead of metal, and then there are all kinds of tools and instructions for fermenting vegetables in your Mason jars.
I first found MoonSpoons in a handmade crafts store and bought one of their wooden tongs because I love the nature-inspired designs: stars, the moon, leaves, flowers and more. Their new line features designs based in architectural elements. Their spoons and other utensils are made in Kempton PA of solid cherry wood native to Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. They “finish” their utensils with a food grade mineral oil but spoons can also be purchased “unfinished”.
A large selection of wooden kitchen utensils for everyday use. “All products are MADE IN THE USA, with quality West Virginia hardwoods that, if taken care of, will serve your cooking needs for years to come. Spoons, measuring cups and spoons, forks, knives ,strainers, flippers, serving utensils, spreaders, stirrers, salad utensils, tongs, and much more. Good, sturdy, simple, useful designs.
I’m old enough to remember paper straws from the days before everything began to be made of plastic. So I was delighted to see the revival of the paper straw on this website. “ They’re Safe And FDA Food Grade Compliant Approved. Aardvark® only uses materials that are non-toxic, BPA-free and ELEMENTAL chlorine free. In fact, many straws made overseas claim to use safe inks, but the colorants and the processes used to dry the inks are anything but safe. Aardvark® doesn’t use un-safe dyes or materials in our straws, and we have had independent, 3rd party testing done to prove it. We’re proud to say that Aardvark paper straws are the strongest, longest lasting on the market. All other paper straws on the market are made in China. But Aardvark straws are 100% Made in the USA — and they always have been. Ours is the original paper straw, based on a design patented by Marvin Stone in 1888. ”
Handmade wooden items for the kitchen, including wood lids for glass jars, rolling pins, serving pieces and more. “We are a small batch manufacturing company, producing beautiful and functional pieces crafted for home use. A lot of thought goes into the style, quality and functionality of each product we make. It comes from our experience in working on custom projects, as well as honing our skills of efficiency and organization in making value added wood goods. All of our goods have a mix of simple modern design and warm nostalgia. When possible we use FSC certified lumber, and local hardwood like Madrona, Rock Elm, Big Leaf Maple and softwoods like western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir from our local lumberjack contacts here on Whidby Island.”
Wooden spoons and other utensils made in the”Sloyd” tradition. Sloyd is a Scandinavian-based handcraft movement and educational system with woodworking as the traditional focus. Items produced through Sloyd are meant to be practical for everyday use: spoons, bowls, cups, buttons, coat hooks, furniture, etc. The woodworker lives and works on a 6th generation family farm in Harbor Springs, MI. He has spent the last several years learning traditional methods to transform the trees and branches of his local woods into everyday household goods.
Wooden cutlery made of solid birch wood. “too% nontoxic.” Biodegradable and compostable.
Reuable drinking straws, handmade from sustainably harvested bamboo. “Each bamboo straw is hand-made by volunteers using local bamboo and will vary slightly in color and size. All proceeds go to education and outreach about the impact of plastic pollution.”
Hand turned rolling pins in more than a dozen sizes and styles, each shaped from a solid block of maple, cherry or walnut hardwood. Hand turned with love and made in the USA. All of our woods are made with select, solid hardwoods.,sustainably harvested, and are from a Vermont millworker.
“Meli Wraps are made from organic cotton and a special beeswax blend to create a natural wrap that helps preserve your food. The wraps stick to themselves and can be washed and re-used for up to a year! Cover your bowls, plates or food themselves! Make snack packs, wraps sandwiches, over cover half avocados!” A useful and charming alternative to plastic wrap.
Glass straws in various sizes and shapes plus…you can have them etched with your name (or anything else) or buy them in a set with mason jars with special lids that hold the straws (great for taking drinks on the go).
Woodenware items you can’t find anywhere else…wooden spoons of all shapes and sizes. From tablespoons, to teaspoons, the wooden spatulas, to the more exotic shaped kitchen utensil, there’s a wooden cooking utensil for every kitchen and occasion. All of my utensils are handcrafted and with proper care can last to be passed down generations. I use sustainably harvested wood and I’m dedicated to making a 100% all natural wood product that will be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Beautiful wooden kitchenware in simple yet artful designs. Wood Mason jar tops, rolling pins, spurtels, door stops, ceramic burr coffee grinders with wood lids and hand crank, breadboards, knife racks, cake pedestals…”Each piece is skillfully crafted from solid wood to create something that is not only beautiful and soft to the touch but it will last for generations. My belief is that we should buy and use things that are wonderful to both the hand and eye, very functional works that do not have to be replaced, heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations. These special works made from wood bring a warm touch of nature into our lives. love my job..EVERY SINGLE DAY.” This is just how I live, All my day-to-day things have to be natural and beautiful. This website is in Canada, but I had to make an exception.
“Practical hand-felted home goods created through an almost alchemical synthesis of natural wool, natural dye plants and unique felting techniques.”Mostly trivets and bowls (to hold little things, not for food).
If I lived down the street from this store, I would be there constantly. First I would buy the waterproof waxed cotton canvas lunch bag. “Home pared down to the essentials….From the very beginning, the Kaufmann Mercantile team has worked closely with makers and manufacturers from around the world, sharing a deep appreciation for products made with honest, lasting materials and grounded in a sense of place. Our new endeavor, Kaufmann, is dedicated to the simple yet focused pursuit of distilling a piece to its most essential elements. Each is made in the United States by hand.” Furniture, dinnerware, bags, kitchenware, candles, all thoughtfully and beautifully designed from natural materials. Cookware and bakeware is all clay, porcelain and soapstone.
Extraordinary wooden bowls, plates, cutting boards, utensils and more, with unique, colorful, stylish design details. “All of our wood comes from the USA and is either FSC certified or salvaged locally from naturally felled trees.” They also use a food-safe synthetic silicone rubber.
Amazing wooden spoons and kitchen ware with designs like I’ve never seen before. Unusual woods sealed with food-safe tung oil and beeswax.
A great collection of “sustainable home goods” that reduce environmental impact as well as being less toxic. Products include furniture, home decor, kitchen and entertaining, bed and bath, and outdoor. All very stylish with their own designs. “At Bambeco, we strive to inspire sustainable living. We’re committed to making a sustainable lifestyle accessible and attainable. Every home good we offer has a purpose – to reduce consumption and pollution, protect natural resources, replenish and restore the planet, and celebrate people everywhere. To meet this commitment, all of our home goods are made with reclaimed, recycled, natural, renewable, and organic materials, with the utmost respect for the Earth and its people.”
Simple, unfinished wood boxes, one designed to carry pies, one designed to carry cookies, and one designed to carry cupcakes. “Wherever you go, whatever you bake, PieBox will get you there.PieBox designs reusable wooden pastry carriers and accessories. Handcrafted with love in the wonderful USA.” I love these. It a great way to take your organic sweets to potlucks and parties and picnics.
Kitchen products made from natural slate, including cheese boards, serving plates, chalkboards, coasters, plates, trays. “Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. Its durability is next to none and used for roofs and floors across the globe that have lasted in the elements for hundreds of years!”
Gorgeous, gourmet wooden spoons, scoops, measuring spoons and cups, handmade by members of a family that live on a farm in Tennessee. “We use local fallen hardwoods almost exclusively. It is a delight to us to be able to utilize a resource that would otherwise decay and waste on the forest floor and it is so incredible to open up a log and find such a beautiful variety of art inside. We are continually amazed that God has hidden such beauty underneath the rough bark of the tree. This creative way of sourcing wood allows us to offer a really stunning variety of wood types, grains and colors…We finish all of our wooden products with our signature blend of olive oil and beeswax. Over time, we’ve come to call it wood butter, and the younger members of the family especially love to hand finish our products with the cream. It is amazing to watch a piece of dry wood burst to life when wood butter is spread over the smooth surface and rubbed in. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole process. “ Expensive.
Beautiful, simple crocks with an eastern-inspired design, specifically made for fermenting foods. Form, function and beauty come together in these crocks.
A variety of caps you can use with Mason jars and Classico pasta sauce jars to give them new functions. The pour cap lets to store liquids and dry ingredients to carry or pour whenever you want. Adapta Cap lets you turn a glass jar into a sprayer for cleaning products. Flip opens to a large diameter so you can open the top without unscrewing the iid and reach inside for contents contents (you can also purchase screens to turn it into a shaker. All caps come in assorted bright colors. Made in the USA from BPA-free food grade polypropylene.
Just as it’s name implies, this website is full of “old failthful” kitchenware and housewares—”good quality goods for simple, everyday living…trusty, well-built heirloom pieces that are classic in design and only enhanced by the passage of time.” This Canadian shop was inspired by a general stored run by a co-founder’s grandparents and their parents before them. You’ll find such things as glass storage jars with walnut lids, wood and natural bristle cleaning brushes (I was searching for this when I found them), huge cotton aprons with leather straps, wooden door wedge, Designs are elegant, old-fashioned and plastic-free.
Organic cotton kitchen accessories: aprons, cloth napkins, oven mitts and pot holders, resuable produce bags, table runners. Plain colors and delightful patterns.
Safe, fun, reusable glass drinking straws. Made from the stongest commercially available glass in the world. Straight or bent, 7 different colors, and playful designs. Straws come in various diameters and lengths to match your needs for different types of beverages. They even have carrying cases so you can take your glass straw anywhere you go. Dishwasher safe, designed and handmade in the USA, kid-friendly.
“Naturally safe cutting boards and kitchenware without the toxic, synthetic and/or petroleum based chemicals found in most cutting boards. From our organic finishes to our all natural gum tree rubber feet. We go out of our way to create products that are as natural as possible and healthy for your family to use. Why buy expensive organic food just to place it on either a plastic cutting board, a glue filled bamboo board (usually an untested glue) or a wooden board containing toxic glues (untested) or scrap lumber or lumber obtained in unethical ways? When you now do have a choice. Urthware, naturally safe kitchenware…ZERO glues and ZERO petroleum based coatings. They are the most natural and safe cutting boards we can possibly produce…We use North American Hard Maple for most of our cutting boards. Hard Maple has the perfect blend of hardness for durabilty and softness to not dull your knife blades. It also has been shown in studies to not harbor bacteria.”
A collection of nontoxic and waste-free items to use for packing food to take on the go…to school, work, travel, picnics, and anyplace else. They carry everything in one place to create a back-to-basics carry-your-lunch solution using traditional materials. Food containers, resuable sacks and napkins, utensils, and bags.
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Bees Wrap is a wonderful alternative to plastic wrap…made of organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. “This combination of ingredients creates a malleable food wrap that can be used again and again. Simply mold the Bee’s Wrap to the top of your dish by using the warmth and pressure of your hands to create a seal. When the Bee’s Wrap cools (within seconds) it holds its seal. Use the same method to wrap cheese, vegetables, bread, and baked goods. It is not recommended for meat…The beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities that help to keep your food fresh.” Comes in four sizes.
“The Original Glass Straw.” You’ll never buy another plastic straw again. These beautiful glass straws come with a life-time guarantee against breakage- if they do break, they will be replaced for free. The straws come in four different diameters and various lengths…you can even order a custom straw for your favorite glass. They also have straws with various colored glass dots, for identification and to keep them from rolling off the counter. And they supply right-sized cleaning brushes and hemp soft sleeves, so you can carry your glass straw wherever you go. I have a set and I love them!
"Unique hardwood implements handcrafted from figured, rare and unusual tropicaland domestic hardwoods…we are inspired by each trees' individuality. We recycle trees downed by storms, development, etc. The natural characteristics of the wood are emphasized in the design of each piece." I found these craftspeople at a fair and couldn't resist their whimsical designs.
A large selection of bamboo cutting boards, plates, bowls, and accessories. "Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height between 3-5 years. Some species grow up to 2 feet per day. After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting. Bamboo has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself, making it one of the most renewable resources known. Our unique bamboo cutting boards are hand crafted using hundreds of tiny laminated bamboo strips. Unlike most other hardwoods, bamboo absorbs very little moisture and consequently does not shrink or swell as much, making it a superior choice of material for cutting boards. It is 16% harder than maple which means less visible knife marks keeping the cutting board looking brand new for years to come."
All kinds of beautiful cherrywood kitchen utensils, handmade in Pennsylvania from locally harvested wood. “My utensils have a unique sense of balance and warmth because they are designed with the hand and purpose in mind. In all of my work I strive for a balance of the use in the tactile and esthetic qualities, with the use of utility and purpose.” I first learned about this company when I purchased a pair of tongs in a store. I was drawn to them because of their simple beauty for a utilitarian everyday object.