Welcome to What’s New, our column where we round up the latest in food products, beverages, and kitchen and cooking tools.
As we bid goodbye to August, say hello to mini East Fork mugs, mini Our Place pans, and the big-flavor mango chutney that has revolutionized my grilled cheese sandwiches. As a reminder, some of these items we’ve tried, but some are so new that we haven’t gotten our sweaty little hands on them yet. Regardless, all of the products mentioned are from brands that we know and love. Whether you’re in search of a gift for your favorite dinner party host or you just like to keep your pantry on trend, consider this a timely shopping guide.
Like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Fishwife’s limited-edition canned cod is something of a supergroup, featuring gently smoked Alaskan cod bathed in olive oil from Graza, black pepper from Diaspora Co., and lots of lemon. I like to think that it’s called Campfire Cod not just because of those smoky notes, but because unlike some tinned fish, it can be pulled from a knapsack and eaten right out of the can, no additional seasoning required.
Our Place’s Always Pan will not replace every piece of cookware in your kitchen, but it is a reliable and admittedly very pretty nonstick skillet with enough depth to double as a sauté pan. And now, it comes in a scaled-down version, ideal for eggs or crispy-skinned fish. The Mini Always Pan isn’t even that mini; with an 8.5-inch diameter, I can see it being in heavy rotation if you’re mainly cooking for one or two.
In keeping with this month’s Honey I Shrunk the Kitchenware theme, East Fork has released a bitsy version of its ever popular The Mug. Clocking in at around 6 ounces, it’s ideal for a largish cappuccino—but if you prefer your coffee Big Gulp–size, there’s also a new 16-ouncer.
We’re big fans of Brooklyn Delhi’s achars, sauces, and condiments, and its new spicy mango chutney is a worthy addition to the lineup. It has a no-joke kick thanks to Kashmiri chili peppers sourced by spice company Burlap & Barrel, another BA favorite (don’t miss the new spice rub we developed together). It’s a phenomenal addition to your cheese board or grilled lamb chops.
Blame the Coastal Grandma trend, but I’m going through a khaki/oatmeal/ecru phase (yes, here I am). Brooklinen released this new colorway for its linen sheets right on cue. It’s rumpled, it’s chambray, it whispers, “Pop that bottle of oaky Chard and settle in for a Nancy Meyers marathon.”
I normally don’t go in for cake-flavored ice cream—too cloying—but the ribbons of tart lemon curd and blackberry jam make this limited-edition release a balanced delight. The chunks of gluten-free vanilla cake somehow manage to stay soft too.
If you’re going to have a stovetop tea kettle instead of an electric one that boils water in mere seconds, it has to be glamorous. Caraway’s new model is sleek and Scandinavian with a cute little snub-nosed spout, and it comes in an array of cheery colors like marigold and sage. It’s also not cheap! But I could see it being a welcome gift for a tea drinker come holiday season.
I first learned about Kola Goodies through its Super Green latte, but its Sri Lankan tea latte is more my speed since I’m not a greens powder kind of guy. Available in both dairy and the newly launched vegan version, each sachet contains traceable Ceylon black tea, powdered milk, monk fruit sweetener, and raw coconut sugar. I love their portability—just add hot water, stir, and strain out the tea leaves for a sweet, creamy bev.
Olive oil is made from olives, sesame oil is made from sesame seeds, and cultured oil is made from cultures—as in microorganisms that convert sugars into by-products, like the carbon dioxide that makes your sourdough rise or the alcohol that makes your wine intoxicating. Zero Acres works with specific cultures that produce oil during fermentation, eliminating the need for crops like rapeseed and sunflowers. Don’t expect this to replace the olive oil you use for finishing—Zero Acres’ oil is neutral in flavor—but it’s a climate-friendly (albeit pricey) substitute for vegetable or canola.