9 Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets You Won’t Find in America

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Since the world is full of thousands of different foods, it makes complete sense that there are some utensils that are unique to certain cultures. Just as you are unlikely to find an electric stand mixer in Vietnam, where baked cakes are not as common as they are in the United States (and where electricity is fickle), you probably won’t see a jaffle iron in America. Don’t know what that is? Keep reading. Here are nine kitchen utensils you won’t find in America.

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To discover these utensils, we looked through the kitchen websites of foreign retailers and tried to spot items we did not recognize. We started by focusing on countries whose cuisines are very different from American cuisine, like India, and countries with dishes that Americans are generally opposed to eating, like France’s prized escargot. If a country has a dish that is dearly loved, as escargot is in France, then some enterprising countryman or woman has probably invented a way to make the process of cooking or eating that dish easier.

Some of these utensils, like Japan’s potato chip grabber (which is shaped like a human hand), are items we really don’t need, but, like many other kitchen items we really don’t need, it would be a pretty cool thing to have on hand (no pun intended). A lot of the kitchen gadgets we won’t easily find in America look really cool — or rather, they look really cool to us, but perfectly normal to the people who use them regularly. You have to admit, even if you don’t make Turkish coffee every morning, a cezve would look incredible in your kitchen.

A lot of kitchen utensils that professional chefs never use, like garlic presses, are the same utensils that might just change your life. We can’t promise that these kitchen utensils from abroad will do the same, but they are available to purchase online if you wish to do so. But before you get ahead of yourself, let’s look through some of the kitchen staples that we can’t — but wish we could — find in America.

Æbleskiver Pan (Denmark)

Æbleskiver pans have good heat retention.

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Æbleskiver pans have good heat retention.

Æbleskivers are Danish apple pancakes that are somewhere between a pancake and a popover; they are popular enough to warrant their own special pan. Æbleskiver pans are usually cast-iron, and their good heat retention lets the æbleskivers become soft on the outside and airy on the inside, like a doughnut that sits less heavily in your stomach.

Cezve (Turkey)

The best cezves are made of copper.

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The best cezves are made of copper.

This small pot — it could fit in the palm of your hand — is used to make Turkish coffee. Attached to a long handle, the best cezves are made of copper, as copper conducts heat very well. The smallness of the pot lets the finely ground coffee, sugar, and cold water combine at their own pace — you should never stir or try to somehow modify this process, or your coffee will become muddy-tasting. 

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