Kitchen Stuff: The Reusable Edition – & Coffee Brewing Giveaway!

Able Coffee Brewing System: The Best

Update: this giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering! -C, 12/22/14 

Confession: A funny thing happens when I shop for gifts. I wind up wanting a whole lot more for me.

So, this year, instead of a gift guide, I’m taking a moment to share five recent purchases that have quickly turned into BGSK small kitchen classics. You can follow suit and treat yourself to something practical, in the midst of shopping for others. Or, maybe you’ll find a good gift idea below.

Even better, you can enter to win the ultimate in practical indulgences, thanks to Food52’s Provisions: one Able Kone Brewing System.

Here’s why I love the Kone. After tiring of a single-cup reusable coffee filter that put hot water into contact with plastic, I searched high and low for a coffee brewing set that met two requirements: no plastic in contact with boiling water and no paper filters to buy and then toss. It wasn’t easy. But when I discovered the beautiful ceramic pitcher and stainless steal reusable pitcher at Able, I bought one immediately. I love it. Scroll down to see how to enter to win your own!

Before you do that, check out five more lovable, practical kitchen gizmos. They all reduce kitchen waste, because in a productive kitchen, the garbage can fill up really quickly–even if you pickle your chard stems.

Five Reusable Kitchen Gifts for You & Others

1. Flour Sack Towels

Absorbent dish towels save the day! You’d think they wouldn’t be so hard to find, but they are. These gems clean up spills and dry super quickly, reducing paper towel usage.

2. Kone Brewing System

See above for why I love this. It solved my coffee woes, no paper filters needed. You can make coffee for one or coffee for two.

3. Bee’s Wrap

Reusable wax covers wrap tightly around bread, half-eaten apples, and lemon wedges that didn’t make it into dinner. I still use plastic wrap on onions and other extremely scented foods, but I love that these have limited how much plastic we use.

4. Cute Cloth Napkins & Napkin Ring

We use cloth napkins at most meals–same as I did while I was growing up. But (and I hope you don’t find this gross), I reuse my own napkin a few times. In between meals, I push it into a napkin ring to remember that it’s mine.

5. Sap Buckets

Because you’ll still have the paper and plastic/metal recycling, so store it in nice-looking pails until you take it out to the sidewalk or basement. I’ve got two of these in our kitchen now.

Able Kone Brewing System Giveaway!

I’m giving away one Able Kone Brewing System (a $160 value) from Food52, so you can reduce your coffee filter waste while enjoying the best cups of coffee EVER. Here’s how to enter:

  • {one} Leave a comment below telling me your most beloved kitchen possession.
  • {two} Be a subscriber to the Big Girls, Small Kitchen newsletter and leave a second comment letting me know you’ve subscribed.
  • {three} Tell your facebook friends and/or twitter fans about the contest – post the link and tag @Big Girls Small Kitchen (facebook) or @BGSK twitter). Leave a third comment letting me know you’ve done so.
I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, December 20.

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