Kitchen accessories to make staying indoors a bit more bearable


Firstly we’d like to say that we hope you are safe and well and a huge thank you to all the NHS staff and key workers, delivery drivers and everyone else who is out there, helping and doing what they can to get us through this difficult time. As we’re all spending more time indoors than usual, we thought we’d pick some useful or handy kitchen accessories that you can order online to help make each day more bearable. We’ve also included some fun items that will add cheer to your home.

Many of us wouldn’t get through the day without our caffeine fix, which is why we had to choose Smeg’s new Coffee Grinder, priced £199.95 and perfect training to be your own barista at home. Try the Italian way and grind your own coffee beans – there are 30 different levels to choose from – which you can then use in Moka stovetop pots, American coffee makers and French presses or Smeg’s very own espresso machine.

If you’re using this time to do more home baking, check out KitchenAid’s new colour for its iconic 4.8L Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – Kyoto Glow. This calming green design costs around £599 and the shade is said to reflect wellness, balance and optimism, things we all need right now. It comes with a variety of attachments including a flat beater, dough hook, six-wire whip and pouring shield and there’s also a 3L bowl for when you’re preparing smaller batches.

Everyone loves a new tea towel, so have a good sort through your existing stack and re-purpose old towels as cloths for cleaning. Next, splash out on Ruth Holly’s Signature designs, which are made from 100% cotton and hemmed on four sides. Priced £12.99 each, there is also a matching table runner and napkins if you want the whole set.

T&G’s Ocean Collection is designed to raise awareness of the problems of plastic waste in our oceans and for each product sold, the company will make a donation to Plastic Oceans UK. Prices start from just £1.99 for the utensil pot and go up to £21.99 for the large four fish pot stand. Perfect for freshening up worktops and shelving. &

Head online to Dobbies garden centres and you’ll find a fantastic new range of Bees accessories, great for adding a summer feel to the kitchen. There’s a Busy Little Bee art print for £19.99; a Queen and Keeper set of two mugs for £14.99; Typhoon Living crockery from £3.49 for a cereal bowl, small printed tray for £19.99, a half pint jug for £14.99, honey pot set for £19.99 and a tea towel for £8.99.

Even a sleek new toaster can give the worktop a facelift. We love Cuisinart’s two-slot model in Pistachio, which costs £65 and comes with polished stainless- steel details to complement additional steel appliances in the kitchen.

Boost your immune system by cooking up healthy soups, stews and casseroles bursting with fresh ingredients. This three-piece cream cast iron casserole set from ProCook looks great and is priced £159; or you can buy single pieces from £22. The range comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and offers even heat distribution with a tight-fitting lid and smart stainless-steel knobs. They are suitable for all hobs including induction and are oven safe to 260˚C.

Take a break from home working or home schooling with a cuppa in this Amara cup and saucer set, which has a lovely two-tone warm grey glazed finish and is even large enough to serve soup in! It costs £20 at Ella James.

With all that home baking you might be doing, how about treating yourself to a snazzy new apron to keep clothes clean. We love this True Linen Long Stripe Apron, which has an all-in-one front pocket, is machine washable and costs £35.99.

For evenings and weekends, sit back and relax with something chilled in these colourful goblets and heavy-based tumblers, part of the Anton Studio Designs Camargue range of pressed glass from Not Just Jugs, where prices start from £35.50.

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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