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. Olipac Stainless Steel Olive Oil Decanters
    Olipac Stainless Steel Olive Oil Decanters
    Why It's Cool: Strikingly beautiful olive oil decanters for kitchen or dining table
    We always look for kitchen tools that are high design, high functionality, but sometimes we see something that blows us away. When we were walking the show in Chicago last month,...
    As low as $22.20
  2. fusionbrands Silicone WaveSponge
    fusionbrands Silicone WaveSponge
    Why It's Cool: A great multi-functional cleaning tool for all your pots and pans
    We’ll start this review from a 180⁰ perspective: instead of discussing tasks that need to be performed in your kitchen, and concluding with ‘why this Tool is a...
    As low as $9.99
  3. fusionbrands Thumb Scraper (Pack of 2)
    fusionbrands Thumb Scraper (Pack of 2)
    Why It's Cool: Scrapes off the stuff you want to get rid of while saving your nails and the surface you're scraping.
    One of life’s minor but irritating problems is removing things that are stuck on, off. Like labels or price stickers on new purchases, or those pesky plastic safety seal...
  4. Gefu Flexicut Vegetable Splitter (Cutter)
    Gefu Flexicut Vegetable Splitter (Cutter)
    Why It's Cool: Easily cuts round things (fruits or vegetables) into quarters or eigths, without risk to life or limb
    One of the most difficult categories of things to cut a lot of are round things. Think about it: Brussels sprouts, carrots, small potatoes, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers,...
  5. Tovolo Flipping Flex Turner
    Tovolo Flipping Flex Turner
    Why It's Cool: Thin nylon blade, comfortable offset handle and high heat resistance make this the perfect Cool Tool for your nonstick saute pan
    Most of us have some “nonstick” pans that we love because they’re convenient to use and easy to cleanup. And while there are a variety of coatings to choose from, all...
    As low as $5.99
  6. 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...
    As low as $4.99
  7. 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...
    As low as $9.99
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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....
    As low as $4.99
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