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6 Chef-Approved Kitchen Tools for Fall

Leaves are falling, sweaters are returning and pumpkins have mysteriously started popping up everywhere, which means fall is in full swing. This time of year is all about comfort, and there’s nothing more relaxing than fall staples. From hot meals like butternut squash soup and braised meat to sweet treats like baked pumpkin desserts, it’s hard to keep your mouth watering.

As it is still the start of the season, you may find that some of your cooking utensils need upgrading. Fortunately, we have what you need.

Brooklyn-based chef Elena Besser stopped by today’s 3rd hour to share her top six kitchen tools to help you create your favorite fall dishes. Whether you need a blender to create savory soups or a cast iron dutch oven to braise meat, Besser has you covered.

Read on to shop for chef-approved tools and get the recipe that will help you have a great time this fall.

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender Gray

On a chilly fall day, nothing beats snuggling up with a soft blanket and a hot bowl of soup. With this cordless hand blender, you can blend a bowl of soup or even whip up a post-workout smoothie in no time. With a full charge, which takes less than two hours, you can blend up to 25 bowls of soup, but there’s a 20-minute quick charge option if you find yourself running out of time. The blender arm measures eight inches and has a four-point stainless steel blade, as well as a variable-speed trigger switch for more control over your recipe.

Rösle stainless steel hook handle ladle with pouring rim

Designed in Germany, this ladle is ideal for serving and pouring thanks to its peripheral pouring rim which prevents drips. Each ladle is crafted from stainless steel and measures 1/8 inch thick to feel balanced and substantial in your hand. The dipper itself is also large enough to hold 5.4 ounces of liquid and has a matte finish to reduce slippage and hide fingerprints.

Kanto Ramen Bowls (Set of 4)

These Kanto ramen bowls, designed exclusively for West Elm by British industrial designer Aaron Probyn, are a great compromise between sophisticated and everyday dining. Each bowl has variations in color and speckle making it a unique product. This glazed stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe and can be purchased individually.

One-pot leek and potato soup

Courtesy of Elena Besser

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Casserole

Dutch ovens are a classic stovetop perfect for braising meat, making soup and other fall feast essentials. This 5-quart dutch oven is pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil, so the more you use it, the better the seasoning will be. With over 120 years of experience, Lodge cast iron is known for its high quality, durability and versatility in the kitchen.

Blomus Magnetic Trivet

When you need a surface to place your pots, pans or serving plates, this stylish coaster is the perfect option. Dishwasher safe and easy to clean thanks to its silicone material, this trivet will help protect your countertops from heat damage.

Staub Rustic Ivory Rectangular Bakery Set (Set of 2)

With an elegant scratch-resistant porcelain enamel finish, these rectangular bakeware dishes make the transition from oven to table easy. Microwave, freezer, broiler and oven safe up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, stoneware does not absorb moisture and gently diffuses heat. For easy cleanup, these cookware are also dishwasher safe.

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