The Essential Kitchen

We thought it might be helpful to group our Cool Tools in categories that reflect their role in the meal creation process. So here is our attempt to be helpful:

  1. Prep: These are the tools that are your workhorses, and the ones that most take the place of a sous-chef. These Cool Tools help you prepare your ingredients to be cooked. In finding Cool Tools for food prep, functionality, time saving and ease of use are the most important things we look for. Each and every one of these does its job particularly well and takes your food prep from drudgery to fun (well, almost!) When we finally carry knives, they will fit in this section.
  2. Cooking: These are the Cool Tools that you actually use during the cooking process; that means they have to be easy to use, handy to pick up, and work well without thinking about it, because your focus should be on the food--these Cool Tools take a supporting role.
  3. Serving: These are the Cool Tools that take your meal from the kitchen to the table, and make it easy and beautiful to serve your food.
  4. Entertaining: These are all the Cool Tools that are part of your entertaining repertoire and make the event easy for you and memorable for your guests.
  5. Storage: When the meal is over, what do you do with all those leftover bits? These Cool Tools will help.
  6. Miscellaneous: These are some more Cool Tools that we love, but they didn't fit neatly into one of the other categories.
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  1. Tovolo Olive Wood Tools
    Tovolo Olive Wood Tools
    Why It's Cool: Beautiful natural wood tools that won't scratch your pots and pans in useful shapes with comfotable handles
    The natural beauty of olive wood tools just make you feel good using them in the kitchen--it’s a back-to-nature kind of thing. And they’re also good for your pots and pans and...
  2. Progressive Cut Resistant Glove
    Progressive Cut Resistant Glove
    Why It's Cool: Protects your hands when using a mandoline or slicer
    In a couple of the other write-ups, we talk about the fact that mandolines are sharp: really sharp.  That’s a good thing and a bad thing (well, not really...
  3. OXO Pizza Cutter
    OXO Pizza Cutter
    Why It's Cool: A more natural way to cut pizza (the leverage is from above); the blade is deep enough to cut through even a fluffy frittata and is covered for safe storage in your drawer.
    We love pizza...who doesn't? But cutting pizza is always an issue. Knives don't do all that good a job; and the traditional pizza cutters just seem to have really weird...
  4. fusionbrands ButterEasy
    fusionbrands ButterEasy
    Why It's Cool: Easiest, cleanest way to spread butter on almost anything.
    There are so many dishes that call for melting butter in a pan, or rubbing butter in a baking dish or simply buttering some warm bread, waffles, pancakes, corn or... And our...
  5. fusionbrands Mushroom (and other vegetables) Cloth
    fusionbrands Mushroom (and other vegetables) Cloth
    Why It's Cool: Bacteria resistant Silicone cleans tender mushrooms and tougher vegetables and citrus like a champ!
    So we’ve always been cautioned about not putting mushrooms under running water...they soak it up like crazy and then don’t really brown nicely because they’re water logged....
  6. Cuisipro Silicone Wok Turner
    Cuisipro Silicone Wok Turner
    Why It's Cool: An old world tool reimagined in modern materials with great functionality!
    We love using a wok turner: the broad-blade with slightly raised sides allows you to handle more ingredients faster, which is important in the high-heat environment in which...
  7. Tovolo Seal 'N Store Storage
    Tovolo Seal 'N Store Storage
    Why It's Cool: Genius Storage Solution that extends the life of your produce
    Have you ever used half of something: half a lemon, half an onion, etc. and then tried to store the other half, only to have it turn slimy and disgusting in no time at all? Well,...
  8. Sirius Chef Muffin Splitter
    Sirius Chef Muffin Splitter
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    Why It's Cool: Maintains all the wonderful nooks and crannies in your English muffins, biscuits and scones
    Everybody loves English Muffins (OK: if you don’t, then skip to the next article!). But like Escargots, English Muffins are wonderfully delicious vehicles to enjoy lots of...
  9. Oggi Double-Walled Stainless Steel Bowls with Lids
    Oggi Double-Walled Stainless Steel Bowls with Lids
    Why It's Cool: Keeps hot food hot and cold foods cold...how does it know?:-)
    Now that the weather has turned warm and eating outdoors, whether a picnic or glorious dinner under the stars, is the seasonal treat we wait for all year. But with outdoor dining...
  10. Salsa/Bruschetta Spoons
    Vineyard Table Serving Pieces
    Why It's Cool: Beautiful Hand forged hors d'oeuvres-sized serving pieces at a great price to elevate your entertaining.
    One of the things that transforms a serving of food into a work of art is the presentation, and that’s often as simple as adding an interesting utensil or plate. It’s pretty...
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