Not content to just write books and articles, maintain a popular blog and website, and build cooking apps for smartphones, food writer Michael Ruhlman is now branching out into cookware with a series of cooking tools he has personally developed.
According to Ruhlman, these are tools "that were either hard to find, non-existent or that we simply love":
This is a big experiment for us. With little capital, we’re starting slow to gauge interest and are thus producing in limited numbers. We’ll be introducing more new tools as they become available. It’s important to say that these are not products some company has asked me to endorse or put my name on. We’ve created these tools based on my desire for them.
He announced his first three products (more are coming) on his blog: Reusable cotton All-Strain Kitchen Cloths (pictured), which can be used for straining everything from stock to yogurt, fresh cheeses, and tomato water; Acacia wood paddles for mixing and stirring; and The Easy-Clean Knife Grabber, a magnetic knife rack tricked out with a wooden surface. I particularly like the idea of the straining cloths as an alternative to using paper towel (a technique I picked up from Jacques Pepin on his old show "Today's Gourmet"), which I was recently recommended against using because paper towel may contain bleach.
Ruhlman is working exclusively with the e-commerce website OpenSky to distribute the products. "We’re hoping to get a response that allows us to produce them in numbers that will help us reduce their price and offer them more widely," writes Ruhlman. "Also, it will allow us to tweak design based on users’ comments and figure out how to offer them."