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.

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  1. 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,...
  2. Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
    Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
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    Why It's Cool: All-in-one kitchen necessities in a space-saving package
    We all know that it takes a range of tools to be effective in the kitchen. After all, we wouldn’t be in this business if that wasn’t true! But you don’t...
  3. OXO V-Blade Mandoline Slicer
    OXO V-Blade Mandoline Slicer
    Why It's Cool: Easy to use and effective for all kinds of slicing and julienning
    A mandoline is both awesome and scary. Awesome, because it really can do things a knife can’t (at least not when wielded by a mere amateur), like julienning a...
    As low as $39.99
  4. OXO 11-lb Food Scale
    OXO Food Scale
    Why 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 cleaning
    Precision 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...
    As low as $49.99
  5. Edge Grip 2-stage knife sharpener
    KitchenIQ Edge Grip™ 2-Stage Knife Sharpener
    Why It's Cool: Easy fast sharpening and honing for your knives
    So once you realize that you need to keep your knives sharp (and that you don’t want to be that person who has to apologize for your knives when friends help in the...
  6. Gefu Asparagus Peeler
    Gefu Asparagus Peeler
    Why 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 than...
    Special Price $13.99 Regular Price $19.99
  7. Lekue Citrus Press
    Lékué Citrus Press
    Why It's Cool: Both stores and squeezes citrus and prevents seeds from getting into your food
    We 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...
  8. Norpro Silicone Pastry Mat
    Norpro Silicone Pastry Mat
    Why It's Cool: Sticks to the counter but releases your food
    The “baking season” is upon us: cookies, pies, and everything in between …. And one of the most difficult parts of making a pie has been getting the crust...
  9. Gefu "Tartufolo" Truffle Shaver
    Gefu "Tartufolo" Truffle Shaver
    Why It's Cool: Adjustable sharp blade cuts very well—Chef Ken Frank's favorite
    When 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...
  10. Joseph Joseph TriScale
    Joseph Joseph TriScale
    Why It's Cool: Fully functional scale with tare capability using very little space
    Here’s the dilemma: you know that weighing your ingredients is a much more reliable practice than than any other form of measurement (see this week's Cool Tip, and even...
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