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. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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 “right” -...
  5. 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...
  6. Norpro Stainless Steel Scoops
    Norpro Stainless Steel Scoops
    Why It's Cool: A squeeze of the handle releases even the stickiest ingredient or dough; makes great meat balls, too
    One 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...
    As low as $15.99
  7. Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Stemmer
    Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Stemmer
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    Why It's Cool: Grabs and removes strawberry stem and hull and safe for kids to use
    It's summer... and we're surrounded by wonderful strawberries! And if you have strawberries, and if you’re going to serve them over a dessert like Guilt-Free Panna Cotta or...
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    Chef'n SleekStor Pinch + Pour Prep Bowls
    Why It's Cool: Nest for storage, pour out contents neatly (Squeeze to create spout)
    When you’re preparing a recipe, getting your ingredients prepped and ready ahead of time lets you cook, or at least look, like a chef rock star. The ingredients that are...
  9. RSVP Endurance All-Purpose Shaker
    RSVP Endurance All-Purpose Shaker
    Why It's Cool: Large holes, perfect to evenly distribute rubs and other seasonings
    For that wonderfully complex grilled food flavor, you want to layer on the flavor. The first or second layer (depending on whether you start with a brine or a wet marinade) is...
  10. KitchenIQ Angle Adjust Sharpener
    KitchenIQ Angle Adjust Sharpener
    Why It's Cool: Adjustable to work with different knives, easy to use
    A sharp knife is a beautiful thing--it makes any cutting, slicing or chopping job easier and the results better and, if you cut yourself, it’s actually less painful and...
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