13 Savvy Cooking Tools: Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for Latina Home Chefs
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that is especially true for Latino families. There’s no better time than when the whole family is gathered around making or enjoying a meal – that’s why the holiday season is so special.
Now, show your love for the home cook in your life. Whether they are chef-ing it up in the kitchen or a cooking newbie, they will love any of these gift options this holiday season from Latinx-owned businesses.
Victoria Tortilla Press
This must-have is for those who prefer a handmade tortilla. Victoria’s cast-iron tortilla press comes in three sizes and will last forever. The Colombian brand has been making high-quality kitchen essentials since 1939, so you know you’re getting the real deal. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be for tortilla making; try using it for empanadas, arepas, or even a pizza!
Masienda Masa Hand Mill
DIY your masa for tamales or other snacks with a beautiful handheld mill from Masienda. The masa brand teamed up with Victoria to create the cast-iron model.
Ceremonia Raffia Fringe Placemat
For all the natural and boho lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect item for a beautiful table setting. Ceremonia’s handmade placemats are delicately woven by artisans in Bali and Mexico. They come in natural raffia and black colorways and include a fringe texture around their border for added interest.
La Mexicana Molcajete Bowl
A true staple in a Latino kitchen is a molcajete. Use it to grind, crush, and prepare guacamole, salsa, mole, or other spices and seasonings. This one from La Mexicana is made in Mexico out of volcanic rock.
URA Embroidered Napkins
This set of four linen napkins would make a beautiful addition for many dinner parties to come. Multicolored embroidered detailing in different shapes and symbols are stitched by hand in Colombia. URA founder Maria Elvira Ortega began making these unique napkins for her family dinners before launching her tableware brand.
Chechen Wood Design Cutting Board
For practical or serving purposes, you can’t go wrong with this cutting board. Chechen Wood Design’s Cuchillo Cutting Board is made of rosa morada wood, which has a natural finish.
Hedley & Bennett Apron
Mexican and English founder and chef Ellen Marie Bennett started her brand to create the most top-notch apron. Hedley & Bennett’s Essential Apron comes in many colors and prints and is durable enough to withstand anything. We’re not kidding; there’s a lifetime guarantee.
Casa Chiqui Carved Glass Tumblers
Add a pop of color with Casa Chiqui’s hand-carved glass tumblers. Costa Rican founder Chiqui de Echaverría sources products from all over the world to sell in her Cartagena, Colombia store. The vintage-inspired design is sure to make a statement on tables or on display.
Talavera Spoon Rest
There are plenty of home and kitchen gems on Etsy, but one of them is this ceramic spoon rest from GuanajuatoGardens’ shop. It’s handcrafted from talavera and handpainted by the family-owned business. Choose from a traditional blue and white talavera or a colorful floral design.
Plantain fiends will absolutely love this tostonera from Loisa. It’s 100% bamboo with a non-slip silicone base, making it easy to clean. With this product, nothing can stop you from making your own tasty tostones.
Rancho Diaz Tortilla Warmer
An affordable option at $20.95, this tortilla warming pouch would make a great gift. Rancho Diaz is a Texas-based home decor store with desert-inspired wares that celebrate artisans from Mexico. This one, in particular, features an Oaxacan textile in a perfect shade of light blue.
Zorro y Jaguar Table Runner
Dress up your dining table with this table runner from Colombian-owned home goods brand Zorro y Jaguar. This textile is sustainable, using unused scrap fabric in a patchwork design.
MADRE x ARMOUR Hot Pads
Latina-owned textile brand MADRE teamed up with artist Katie Armour to create these gorgeous quilted hot pads. They use leftover fabric in the cutest colors for the kitchen essentials, which come in three different shapes. Check out their cast iron sleeves made for hot pot handles as well!