Summer is not the time to get fussy in the kitchen. So ignore the call of fancy gadgets and keep it simple with these essentials:
1. Juicer ($17)
Hey, you don't need a yellow juicer for lemons and green one for limes. Let this all-purpose Mexican beehive juicer made of heavy-duty aluminum be your main summer squeeze.
3. Colander ($8)
You should be eating your body weight in berries and stone fruits all summer long. And you don't need any goofy gadgets to make this happen, just a colander that fits in the fridge.
4. Portable knife ($23)
This big camping knife from Opinel has a super-sharp 4¾-inch blade, perfect for slicing saucisson sec and fresh fruit if you're out on a picnic or prepping things by the grill. Just dry that carbon steel off after each use, please.
5. Mortar and pestle ($50)
When it's too hot to turn on the stove, cook the old-fashioned way by pounding delicious things together in a stone molcajete, like thick salad dressings, herb sauces to slather on grilled meats and vegetables or garlicky aioli.
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