Our team has loved Tilit's well-made aprons for a very long time, and, more recently, we discovered they make wonderful face masks, too. So when we decided it was time to design a custom Serious Eats apron, Tilit was a natural first choice. To make sure the apron would be as functional as it was good-looking, Daniel Gritzer and Sasha Marx took a trip to the Tilit office. Using their combined experience, they worked with the Tilit team to create an apron that provides home cooks with lots of utility. The flair is just an added bonus.
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Daniel's Take on the Custom Apron
"When it came to designing an apron, we didn’t want to create a gimmicky product. We wanted something subtle with clear utility. For the fabric, we picked something that minimized the visibility of stains and was easy to wash. We also chose a design with lots of pockets to make space for pens, thermometers, and side towels. The last element was creating a little added value that made this apron more useful than your average apron: a little temperature cheat sheet for meat and fish on the product label. It’s not visible to anyone else when you’re wearing the apron, but if you’re cooking a steak and can’t remember the ideal internal temperature, you can pick up the bottom of your apron and get a quick reminder."
All the Details According to Sasha
"I fell in love with, and started wearing, Tilit aprons and work shirts back when I was cooking in restaurant kitchens. Everything they make is high quality, super comfortable, easy on the eyes, and most importantly, very functional in the kitchen. This apron speaks to the shared ethos of Serious Eats and Tilit: no unnecessary bells and whistles, just some useful, well-considered design choices.
"First and foremost, I don’t really get the draw of white or light-colored aprons—unless you’re a full-time baker who's covered in flour all day—so it was important to choose a base color that could take a sauce splatter or two without making you look like you’re doing Dexter cosplay. Aprons are meant to be stained! Next, we wanted a dual chest pocket that had one compartment that could easily fit a Sharpie and a pen (I’m always labeling mise en place, testing projects, and leftovers, or jotting down notes for recipe development), and a second slightly larger compartment that could fit a kitchen timer or Thermapen.
"Daniel had the idea of adding a little cheat sheet for target internal temps for proteins, and the team at Tilit thought to stitch that onto the inside of the fabric, so it’s not visible to anyone until the moment you need to remember what temp chicken breast should be cooked to. Finally, I am not a fan of in-your-face branding, so we asked Tilit to come up with a discreet SE logo to stitch onto the hip of the apron. If you rock side towels around your waist like I do, the logo probably won’t ever be visible. But the color detailing on the pockets, waist, and neck straps are all ones our readers should be familiar with from the site. I’m so happy with how these turned out, and have loved cooking with the prototype we were sent earlier this spring before the pandemic hit."
Pick up an apron of your own right here. (Did we mention it'd make an excellent holiday gift?)