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18 Old-Fashioned Kitchen Products You Won't Regret Buying

If 2017 has taught us anything, it's that newer doesn't always equal better.

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1. A KitchenAid stand mixer, the incredible appliance that will likely outlive you.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I have the mixer my mother got as a wedding gift 40 years ago, and it works like a dream. Oh, and it makes baking SO. MUCH. EASIER.

Get a new 5-quart mixer from Amazon for $319.42 or from Jet for $379.99, or a refurbished mixer for $199.99+ from Amazon (available in multiple colors).

2. A hand-crank egg beater, so you can work out your forearms as you scramble your eggs.

Promising review: "I have had all sorts of egg beaters over the years and this one wins hands down! The action on it is fantastic. I had an old antique one that I absolutely loved, but it finally bit the dust. I never thought I would find another beater that I liked as much as that old one, but I am a convert. Comes apart and I just throw the bottom half into the dishwasher. There is no way I would recommend you spend your money on any other egg beater. Amazing find!!!" —Kim G.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


3. A butter churn, because churning is the new pickling.

Promising review: "So much fun to make fresh butter! This really does make butter from heavy cream in 10 minutes. I add herbs from time to time for special dishes. My dinner guests are so impressed!" —serious reader

Get the churn for $38.97 or the churn and starter kit for $68.99 from Amazon.

4. A pretty butter crock, since you'll need somewhere to put all that butter you just churned out (or actually any butter you want to keep soft and spreadable).

Promising review: "I've been using this product for several months now. It's great! I keep my place around 73, too warm for butter to just sit out, and the butter bell means I have access to soft butter whenever I need it. No more shredded toast. :)" —Ryan D. Yokley

Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in multiple colors).

5. A wooden citrus reamer that proves sometimes low-tech is best.

Promising review: "The best way to juice citrus fruit. This is a beautiful, as well as a highly useful, kitchen item. I like utensils that are made of one solid piece and as a plus, this is easy to grip and easy on the eyes. I usually use this to juice over a sieve, to catch the seeds. I would purchase another, but I have a feeling that this beech wood reamer will last a lifetime." —BB Hill

Get it from Amazon for $8.75.

6. A vintage-style bread box that will look adorable while it keeps your loaves fresh.

Promising review: "Cutest bread box ever! Very well built, large enough for an 8 pack of hamburger buns, a loaf of bread, and a half eaten bag of chips. Now. I'm just sad I don't have matching flour/sugar canisters." —andsheleft

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.


8. A classic stovetop percolator, for another great low-tech brew.

Promising review: "Best percolator I've ever seen. I'm used to Keurig but at times I need more coffee sooner. This is easy to use, and doesn't take as much time as I thought. You can make it strong or weak as you'd like. Because it's not electric, you can it use on the grill. Going old school has many perks. It makes great coffee, and the handle stays cool." —Candylady71

Get it from Amazon for $26.10.

9. A pie box perfect for pie-hards who need a better way to transport their handiwork.

Team pie forever! You can also get a handsome leather strap for the box, in case you're ready to take this tartnership to the next level.

Get it from Food52 for $28.

10. Reusable bee's wax wrap, which will keep cheese, bread, and vegetables fresh—no plastic required.

You warm it with your hands before wrapping up your food, and it hardens and seals when it cools down! Bees are miracles.

Promising review: "In an effort to go green, I purchased these. They are amazing, and have reduced my use of plastic wrap all together. They are washable, and seal to almost anything with the heat of your hands. I will be purchasing more. Great quality." —TDL

Get it a set of three sheets from Amazon for $18 or from Food52 for $20.


11. A mortar and pestle so you can grind up spices as your ancestors intended: with a rock.

Promising review: "This mortar and pestle is such an esthetically pleasing and functional addition to my kitchen that I leave it setting out on the counter at all times so that it is quickly at hand whenever needed. It does a beautiful job of grinding up whole herbs, spices or even pills. It is easily wiped clean and is of a quality heavy weight marble that I know will see many years of use. Love this item!" —L. Mack

Get it from Amazon for $10.

12. A manual pasta maker that will help you channel your inner Strega Nona.

I just learned that Strega Nona means "Grandma Witch"!!!

Promising review: "This machine is of excellent build quality. Rolls and cuts pasta superbly. A great value. Keep reasonably clean and it should last a lifetime. And no batteries or electrical outlets required! Don't waste your money on the electric motor that can be attached to this machine, unless you are making huge amounts of pasta, and if that's the case, you probably need a larger heavy-duty motorized unit. This machine, as is, is fantastic for 99% of us! Buon appetito!" —John Penumbra

Get it from Amazon or from Jet for $78.95.

13. A manual coffee grinder to unleash the flavor of your beans for years to come.

Promising review: "This little coffee grinder is lovely to look at, takes up minimal space, and easy to use and clean. It only takes a couple of minutes to grind just enough beans for my coffee press. I definitely notice the difference in flavor between fresh, hand-ground coffee beans and ones that are ground in a powered machine. What I didn't expect was how satisfying it is to grind the beans by hand. If you care about the flavor of your coffee and you have the time (really just a couple of minutes) to hand grind your beans, then I highly recommend this device." —S. Tiss

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

14. A stovetop popper that will convert you from microwave popcorn.

Promising review: "Being a HUGE fan of popcorn, I was willing to try and invest in this popper. I'm so glad I did! It absolutely makes popcorn that is fluffier and more gourmet than if you popped the same kernels in just any pot. It is a high quality, specialized piece of kitchen equipment. If you love popcorn as I do, do not hesitate to stretch your budget to buy this." —Vermont Mom of Two

Get it from Amazon for $28.41+ (available in red or silver) or from Jet for $32.45.


15. A French-style rolling pin bakers swear by.

Promising review: "All bakers need one of these. My last one lasted over 20 years... until my Golden puppy got ahold of it. It's a must for a professional cook and for those of us who love to bake." —Sandra L.

Get it from Amazon for $13+ (available in two sizes).

16. A cast-iron skillet so good you'll ghost on Teflon.

Promising review: "I now own the 6.5, 8, 10, and 12 inch skillets. They are almost non stick, clean up easily with warm water, and are so much healthier to cook in. My grandmother cooked everything in cast-iron. Food tastes so much better, just the way it use to be. The price is just great and these pans will be handed down to my grandchildren because they will last forever. I highly recommend these skillets." —Mark in Pa.

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 10 sizes) or from Jet for $8.83+ (available in 9 sizes).

17. A pie bird, to make your sweet treats sing.

Promising review: "Amazing what a difference this bird can make to your pies! I definitely made the best apple pie I've ever made with this little device. For the first time ever, my pie did not spill out juices onto the pan below or into the stove, and the crust was flaky and crisper than it has ever been. I really cannot speak highly enough of how well this pie bird worked. If you make pies you need one of these!" —Happylakedreamer

Get it from Amazon in multiple colors for $11.95, or from Wayfair in black for $14.46.

18. A cheat-sheet apron that will make people think you've been doing this for years.

Promising review: "All I can say is: why didn't I think of this idea? The greatest ideas stem from fixing simple life problems. It doesn't get more practical and useful than having all the measurements "on you" while cooking." —Sparksfly

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.