The 8 Things We’d Grab from Our Kitchens If the World Was Ending
In the event of the apocalypse (which seems more and more imminent with every passing day!), what would you grab from your kitchen? This harmless-yet-morbid thought experiment got the entire Kitchn staff’s wheels turning about the things that are most important to us. After all, it is the room where we spend most of our time. The answers here are a mix of the personal and the practical, emergency must-haves, beloved heirlooms, and treasured gifts — a not-so-surprising reflection of our personalities.
Here are the non-negotiables that we’d choose to rescue at the end of the world. What would you grab?
1. Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $60
“Despite the fact that it would probably weigh me down in the event of an emergency, I would definitely grab the Lodge Dutch oven from my kitchen. Technically this is my sister’s Dutch oven, but ever since we moved in together I’ve used it nonstop. I love making big batches of risotto, shakshuka, and stew in it — and the fact that it is a fraction of the price of Le Creuset is a bonus.” —Emma Glubiak, Audience Development Associate
2. East Fork Pottery, from $22
“I’ve been slowly phasing out my regular dishware in favor of handmade pottery from companies like East Fork and ANK Ceramics. Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection of beautiful, timeless pieces — and I would be so sad to part with them!” — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor
3. Vintage Pyrex Bowls, from $14 on Etsy (for similar)
“I always say that grandma stuff is the best stuff. Because it’s true! So much of my kitchen gear is hand-me-down stuff from my Bubbie, and her/my set of rainbow-hued mixing bowls are probably my favorite. I can still picture her using them back in her own kitchen and there’s something so special about mixing up old and new recipes in the same bowls she used.” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director
4. Boos Cutting Board, $61
“My large wooden cutting board! I spend more time standing in front of that cutting board than just about anywhere else in my house. Other than my kitchen table, that’s what I most associate with feeding and caring for my family.” — Patty Catalano, Contributor
5. Coltellerie Berti 9-inch Chef’s Knife, $300
“My dad gifted us this beautiful knife for our wedding shower a couple of years ago and it’s now my most prized possession. It’s something I hope becomes an heirloom so I am definitely grabbing it first! Plus, it could be used as a weapon. Joking!” — Sheela Prakash, Associate Food Editor
6. Family Cookbook, $25
“My kitchen happens to be next to the front door, so if I had the chance to grab one thing, without a doubt it would be the family ‘cookbook’ put together by my late mother-in-law. All the material things could be replaced, but this is priceless and irreplaceable. I use the word ‘cookbook’ loosely because it’s really a three-ring leather binder, like this one, filled with well-worn, note-filled pages of recipes she regularly cooked, as well as others that were passed on to her.” — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor
7. Hand-Carved Wooden Spoon, $12 on Etsy (for similar)
“I would definitely take the wooden spoon that my mom carved for me. She’s so talented and I’d want to remember that!” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor
8. Carbon Steel Wok with Wood Side Handle, $30 at The Wok Shop
“I love my wok so much that I swear (God forbid) that I’d rescue it from a burning house. For anyone who scoffs at this pick, just know that a wok is one of the few tools I think EVERY home cook should have. Here’s why. “ — Faith Durand, Editor-in-Chief
Your turn! What would you grab?