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. Cuisipro 4-sided Box Grater
    Cuisipro 4-sided Box Grater
    Why It's Cool: Glide technology makes grating smoother and easier
    So, you ask, how can a Box Grater be a ‘Cool Tool’? Is anything more mundane? or basic? And the answer is ‘it’s a Cool Tool when it’s based on new, patent pending...
  2. 015 Norpro Big Mouth Chopper
    015 Norpro Big Mouth Chopper
    100% of 100
    Why It's Cool: Perfect dices with just a hit
    Man v. Machine Kennedy has often stated that all you need in the kitchen is a good knife (which begs the question of why we got into this business in the first place, but that's...
  3. Norpro Avocado Slicer
    Norpro Avocado Slicer
    90% of 100
    Why It's Cool: Scrapes all the avocado out of its skin and slices it into uniform slices
    There is almost nothing more sensual than a slice of ripe avocado with a little sea salt...on a sandwich, on a plate, being licked off your fingers.  The texture is...
  4. Nuance Mortar & Pestle
    Nuance Mortar & Pestle
    100% of 100
    Why It's Cool: Beautiful, comfortable, effective
    Every kitchen needs a mortar & pestle, to grind those dried herbs and spices, crush garlic and basil and other firm or semi-dry ingredients for pesto and other sauce bases, or...
    Special Price $69.99 Regular Price $79.99
  5. Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker
    Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker
    93% of 100
    Why It's Cool: Makes large enough pieces of garlic to crisp up in pan and add a great hit of flavor
    Kennedy swears that the Garlic Rocker is the product that set the initial bar on what would be a certifiable Cool Tool: one of the tools that got us started in this business. We...
  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 bad, just, you...
    As low as $9.99
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. Tips included with Bag
    Trudeau Silicone Piping Bag And QUICK System Tips
    Why It's Cool: Piping Bag made easy, clean and convenient
    If you thought a piping bag was just something that high end chefs and bakers use on precious food and fancy cakes, it’s time to think again. A piping bag is a very handy (and,...
    As low as $2.99
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