It used to be the case that whenever a recipe calls for herbs to be wrapped in cheesecloth before being dropping into a boiling pot of something or another, I would groan. I seemed to have a perpetual inability to remember to buy cheesecloth, and as a result, I had to awkwardly strain my stocks and broths and almost always ended up gnawing on something that shouldn’t have made it onto my plate. But since acquiring this spice infuser, I’ve come to fully appreciate — and almost romantically love — it. Like a tea infuser, but about three times as large, it’s a stainless steel sphere with a removable lid, allowing you to pack in all the rosemary, thyme, parsley, or bay leaves you desire. So forget remembering to buy more cheesecloth — this kitchen appliance will last (more or less) forever.
Stainless Steel Spice Infuser, $28 at MoMAstore.org