The German people have been known to take their cuisine very seriously. Even their common salutation, Mahlzeit! (which literally translates to “mealtime”) alludes to their devotion to good food done right at all times of the day. The mighty German work ethic in combination with an attention to personal care manifests itself in delicious and perfectly executed meals enjoyed by all. While each region has its own specialties and variations, one thing holds the country’s cuisine together: a commitment to technique. So it’s no surprise that to make a meal that lives up to German standards—whether it’s rouladen or späetzle or those buttery holiday cookies—you need the right appliances.
To help you infuse a little Deutsch into your dishes at home, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite German cooking tools (congratulations are in order for anyone who can correctly pronounce the first one). If you are looking for some recipes to put these tools to good use, check out some of our favorites here! These gadgets are relatively inexpensive and easy to find, so if you weren’t originally planning on whipping up some German delights, now you have no excuse not to.
Germans’ unbreakable devotion to compound nouns is exceeded only by their devotion to soft-boiled eggs, hence the wacky yet fabulous Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher, or ‘eggshell predetermined breaking point causer.’ Soft-boiled eggs are a staple of German breakfasts, but it can be tricky to crack them open without causing a mess. With a gentle well-positioned whack from this device, you can remove a perfect circle of shell without damaging the rich, eggy goodness inside.
Many German recipes use weight instead of volume, but measuring every ingredient on a scale is apparently too nettlesome for many cooks. Meßbecher just means ‘measuring cup,’ but these oddly shaped vessels have marks on the inside that provide weight measurements for particular volumes of commonly used ingredients—such as cocoa, corn starch, sugar, salt, and flour—so you can easily convert between measurements. Amazon
No one can resist späetzle, especially when it’s homemade. Getting the irregular shape of those perfect German dumplings is easy with a Spätzlepresse, which allows the cook to quickly and easily shred the dough into boiling water for cooking. Spaetzle makers can vary in shape, but those that resemble a cheese grater are our favorite. Amazon
Butcher’s twine not cool enough for you? These metal clips are the industrial version of the kitchen basic, holding your roulade together until it’s cooked to perfection. Use them for stuffed cabbage, roulades of meat, or even the classic German preparation of white asparagus. Amazon
Germans do not joke around when it comes to breakfast. Their legendary spreads consist of a variety of breads and rolls, jams, cheeses, meats, eggs, and more. A rimless, wooden alternative to a platter, these beautiful breakfast boards allow you to artfully present all of these elements for everyone at the table to pick and choose from. Amazon
Clay pots are used by many cultures for different cooking methods, but the Germans use the Römertopf specifically to cook meat or stews in the oven. Because of the nature of clay, food cooked in these pots lose very little moisture, creating strong flavor and very tender meat. Amazon
Often eaten during the holidays, Spritzgebäck are rich, buttery cookies with playful designs like hearts or trees. By virtue of the German penchant for wordplay, Spritzgebäck, or ‘squirted cookie’ is just the inverse of Gebäckspritze, or ‘cookie squirter,’ the press used to make those fun shapes from the squishy dough. Amazon