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.
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- Joseph Joseph Nest 9 PlusOXO V-Blade Mandoline SlicerOXO Food ScaleWhy It's Cool: Tare function zeros out the weight of your bowl, weight read-out can be pulled out for easy viewing, platform removes for easy cleaningPrecision in cooking may not be as important as it is in baking, but when no two potatoes or carrots or apples are the same size, weighing your ingredients can really help...KitchenIQ Edge Grip™ 2-Stage Knife SharpenerGefu Asparagus PeelerWhy It's Cool: Curved blade and contoured holder assure even, easy peeling (and peeled asparagus just tastes better!)Why peel asparagus? If you have white asparagus, it’s almost required, because the peel can be very tough. But what about our standard green asparagus? If it’s less...Lékué Citrus PressWhy It's Cool: Both stores and squeezes citrus and prevents seeds from getting into your foodWe love finding good designs that help us save money. We have lemon trees, but lately there has been so much killer frost that we have had to buy lemons. I realize many...Norpro Silicone Pastry MatGefu "Tartufolo" Truffle ShaverWhy It's Cool: Adjustable sharp blade cuts very well—Chef Ken Frank's favoriteWhen Chef Ken Frank found out we were offering products from Gefu, he asked if we could get the Tartufolo Shaver because, as he points out in this video, this slicer from Gefu...Joseph Joseph TriScaleNorpro Stainless Steel ScoopsWhy It's Cool: A squeeze of the handle releases even the stickiest ingredient or dough; makes great meat balls, tooOne of my favorite hors d’oeuvre to make when I have company is gougères: those airy, cheesy puffs that melt in your mouth. The hardest thing about...