By Brooke Constance White
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
If your morning coffee is no longer the best part of waking up, you should be brewing it in a Bodum Chambord French Press. Not only does it make coffee brewing simple (just add coarse ground coffee and hot water that’s between 92-96 degrees, wait four minutes and press), but it’s much more flavorful than your average drip pot with paper filters. By steeping the coffee in the glass carafe, you will be able to taste all the flavor because the grounds are completely saturated. Bodum Chambord’s three-part stainless-steel plunger has a mesh filter that helps extract your brew’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors. The stainless-steel-filter plate is key to straining the ground coffee from the liquid after the brewing has stopped.
Made with heat resistant and taste-neutral Borosilicate glass, this French press also maintains the correct water temperature throughout the process, which is crucial to the end result. Its large size makes 8 cups of coffee—ideal for brunch with friends. $42.99 for the 8-cup size.
Lodge 12-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
A cast-iron skillet is a must for any kitchen but for brunch food, the Lodge 12-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet is an absolute game changer. Lodge has been making heirloom-quality cast-iron cookware in the U.S. since 1896. Nothing comes close when it comes to the skillet’s abililty to retain heat and to heat evenly. It comes seasoned with nontoxic soy-based vegetable oil, and this enables you to begin using the skillet the minute you bring it home from the store. For use on your stovetop, in your oven and even over a campfire, cast iron can be used with any heat source (except microwave ovens). It’s perfect for making frittatas, shakshuka and any kind of brunch hash. The skillet is durable and will last for decades. Pass it on through the generations; the seasoning will keep getting better with time. $39.99.
Poaching any egg isn’t easy. Most people never master it, but to be honest, there’s really no need to with these poach pods that perfectly poach your eggs. All you do is boil water, crack an egg into the silicone cup and then set it in the boiling water. Depending on how you like your poached eggs, three to five minutes later, you’ll have a perfectly formed poached egg that slides out of the pod without all the usual hassle. Voila! $9.99 for a two-pack.
Pancake Batter Pen
This is one kitchen accouterment that you could probably live without but once you have it, you’ll never want to go back. Especially if you have children or enjoy a clean stove. No more pancake batter drips while ladling batter from a bowl into the pan or skillet. No more unrecognizable attempts at Mickey Mouse pancakes. Make your pancake batter recipe as usual and then pour it into the Pancake Pen. Tip the pen over and start creating your pancakes. Your Pancake Pen is your sword! And it’s mightier than your ladle! Now go forth and make perfectly shaped pancakes. You’re welcome. $9.99.