A favorite prep counter standard in Placewares' kitchen
So good it's designated by the Japanese Design Collection
Our prep set has a full-time presence on our kitchen prep counter. To be honest, we bought it during a trip to Japan based on its sheer beauty, and upon bringing it home, we naively sat it on the counter as a design object. Luckily, it finally dawned on us, use this thing!
What we love
Mortar & Pestle
At almost 4 inches in diameter, the mortar and pestle are a great, fast go-to for a lot of our mortar and pestle jobs: pulverizing herbs, grinding spices, and making a paste. It is a great alternative to hauling out - and cleaning up - our larger, heavy-duty mortar and pestles that are oversized for some quick prep jobs. The pestle is also small, yet mighty, and made of solid maple.
Similar to what we like about its mate the mortar and pestle, the citrus press is another great, fast go-to for quick juicing. It is large enough to hold the juice of a few lemons and limes and is also large enough to juice a medium-sized orange. We like the deep-rounded bowl and have noticed we seldom if ever, slosh any juice onto the counter. The citrus press is also handy at the bar.
The grater is another quick, hardworking tool. We use ours for grating ginger, radishes, peppers, garlic, cinnamon, and hard cheese neatly and safely. The rounded bowl circumference is easy to scoop out when your grating is done.
The containers are handy to access your daily cooking needs for salt and pepper, and we also use them for prep containers to hold prepped items until they're needed.
Our Japanese Kitchen Prep Set - "Sitaku" in Japanese - brings together multiple kitchen tools into a modular, compact design. With the set, you can easily prep a variety of things: juice citrus; grind seeds, spices, or roots like ginger; and finely grate a range of items.
Made in Arita, Japan. Designed by Makoto Koizumi.
Multi-piece, space-saving stackable set:
Mortar & Pestle - unglazed interior for traction; solid maple pestle
The maker is a Japanese porcelain-producing company based in Arita, Japan, where porcelain has been manufactured for 400 years. They continue to use traditional techniques mixed with modern methods, the perfect distillation of their vision for their future.