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This was a busy month at Epi headquarters. We tested kitchen tools like hand mixers and ice cream scoops. We shared our go-to stain remover. And we made a case for keeping cloth napkins at your desk. We did all of this in the name of helping you equip your kitchens—and lunchboxes, and cleaning cabinets—for fall. Of course, we stole a bit of time to stock up on kitchen tools, organizational saviors, and bulk ingredients for our own apartments as well. Here are the products we purchased this month on Amazon that we think are worth adding to your cart, too.
"Some friends borrowed my backyard for a Labor Day party while I was out of town. Apparently it got pretty wild, because I returned home to find I didn't have a juicer anymore! (We're having a talk about that.) Thankfully, my old juicer (and Epi's product test winner) is a cheap re-purchase. —Andrew Spena, Associate Social Media Manager
LifeStraw Home Water Filter
"I had been using a Brita for a year and hating it—it broke down way too easily. This glass filter is prettier, and the filtration system is more advanced. In addition to being made of more sustainable materials, for each filter purchased LifeStraw provides a child in a water-poor area with a school year's supply of safe drinking water."—Anna Stockwell, Senior Food Editor
Wild Soil Almonds
"I just got Amy Chaplin's new cookbook in the mail—I pre-ordered it as soon as I reviewed our office galley for our fall cookbook preview,. Since it arrived, I've been following Chaplin's instructions to make luscious almond milks dotted with coconut butter, rose, matcha, and my new favorite: Earl Grey tea. In order to do so, I bought this very large pack of raw almonds. It might seem strange to buy nuts on Amazon, but I found these after a deep dive into the internet world of high quality almonds last year and I couldn't be happier, three (!) bags later. These are steam pasteurized at a farm that doesn't use any GMOs and abides by biodynamic practices to ensure healthier soil. Bye, Oatly." —Lauren Joseph, Associate Commerce Editor
"When I bought a literal tub of Maldon salt in 2016, I thought it would never run out or at least that the apocalypse would happen first. And yet, here we are. I'm out of Maldon and it's time for a new bucket o' flaky salt. Clearly I've underestimated my own capacity to consume sodium. You probably already know what you're doing when it comes to Maldon, but just in case you need a reminder: buy more of it right now, in large quantities, and sprinkle it as a finishing salt on everything from crudités to eggs to cookies."—Emily Johnson, Commerce Editor
Rubbermaid Airtight Food Storage Container Set
"I just moved across the country, so I've got a new kitchen to set up. I'm determined to do a better job of organizing my pantry this time around, so I bought these really nice food storage containers. So far, they're filled with two different types of flour and two different types of sugar—my kid wanted to start baking on New Kitchen Day 1."—Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor
Marble Rolling Pin and Cradle
"I've always considered myself more of a cook than a baker—until I started working at Epicurious. Now, I want to pinch corners of galette dough and swirl seeds into cracker makings every weekend. Who knew I had it in me!? Anyway, to celebrate my new found hobby, I gifted myself this gorgeous marble rolling pin. It's got a nice weight to it, stays cool, and looks good on my kitchen island. Plus, while it was already under $20, I snagged it on sale for $16." — Lauren Joseph, Associate Commerce Editor
OXO Good Grips Utensil Holder
"When I first moved into my apartment, I kept all of my cooking utensils in a drawer. I like that this container is an efficient way to literally keep them at arms reach. It's big enough to hold every utensil I own, but still sleek—and the fact that it rotates comes in handy. Sometimes, buying one kitchen tool to wrangle the rest is the way to go. It's not as fun as another gadget, but having everything in place when I start prepping a meal is so satisfying." —Tiffany Hopkins, Editorial Assistant
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