More Arkansas-Made Christmas Gift Ideas

Kerry Kraus


Yesterday I suggested some Arkansas food products as gifts. Here are some additional Arkansas products you might be interested in. If you have a chef, serious cook, or just someone who likes to dabble in the kitchen on your list, here are some utensils produced in The Natural State that might be of interest.

The Microplane® rasp, which is a staple for everyone that has a television show on the Food Network, is made in Russellville. Brothers Richard and Jeff Grace first invented it in 1990 at their jointly owned contract manufacturing facility Grace Manufacturing, Inc. It started out in 1990 merely as a new type of woodworking tool. It is now a must-have in every kitchen.

The Greasorber provides an easy way to dispose of cooking grease. No more lifting of heavy skillets to pour the grease in a disposal can and no more pouring grease in the drain. Produced by Green Revolution Inc. of Nashville, Arkansas, the Greasorber is an 8-inch circular pad that can absorb up to one cup of cooking oil.

Arkansas Whetstone,
also known as novaculite, is mined in and around Hot Springs. The mining of novaculite has been referred to as Arkansas’s oldest industry and remains economically important today. It is used by professionals to sharpen their knives.

Edgeware Cooking Utensils
are produced by Smith’s in Hot Springs, which has been in business since 1886. Products feature Arkansas-mined stone and the company has designed and produces the Mandoline Slicer, plus manual and electric knife sharpeners. The Mandoline Slicer won the prestigious “red dot” award for product design in 2010 by an international jury of design experts.

All these fine products can be ordered from their websites or you can find information on which stores carry them.

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