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This Week's Cool Tools

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  1. Charles Viancin Citrus Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Citrus Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Citrus design has the cool zing of fresh citrus, with the same great functionality!

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  2. Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups

    Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups

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    $8.00

    Why It's Cool: Space-saving, flexible and eye-catching measuring cups that are easy to use.

    Measuring ingredients is just a necessary fact of life in the kitchen and there are a lot of different measuring vessels that you can use. What you want in a good measuring vessel is something that is easy to hold, easy to read, easy to pour, easy to clean, and accurate. That’s a minimum set of requirements.

    Added functionality might include: metric measurements (for those wonderful European recipes), space saving design (so it takes up very little storage space, which is always at a premium), and an easy release interior (so that whatever you’re measuring falls easily into your mixing bowl, pot or pan).

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  3. Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix (Egg, corn starch, ... everything mixer!)

    Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix (Egg, corn starch, ... everything mixer!)

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    $12.50

    Why It's Cool: Great for beating one or two eggs or mixing cornstarch and water--it truly is a quick mix!

    So how can an inexpensive piece of plastic be a Cool Tool?  I have to tell you...I love this thing.  It’s called a QuickMix, and that’s exactly what is does.  I use it at least 4 or 5 times a week, and if it’s in the dishwasher that hasn’t been run yet, I take it out and wash it by hand so I can use it immediately.  You may well ask “what does it do? ...And how does it work?”

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  4. Cuisipro Fish Tongs

    Cuisipro Fish Tongs

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    $19.99

    Why It's Cool: Wide enough to hold a piece of fish securely

    Have you ever faced this situation?

    You’re trying to serve your fish course: whether it’s a pre-portioned “steak” of halibut or salmon, or a whole fillet that you’re trying to serve on a platter so each diner can choose their own portion. But your regular spatulas are all too small for the task, that special wide fish turner can’t lift the whole fish and it inevitably slides back into the poaching liquid or onto the floor, or your regular tongs will mangle your perfectly cooked fish before you can get it onto the platter. And if you don’t serve it promptly, then either it will overcook or get cold. And what if you have to turn your piece of fish over halfway through cooking it?  It’s usually a juggling act with two separate implements, and the outcome is dicey at best.

    If that’s a familiar set of problems, then you need these Silicone Fish Tongs from the clever folks at Cuisipro.

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  5. Cuisipro Silicone Slotted Spoon

    Cuisipro Silicone Slotted Spoon

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    $11.99

    Why It's Cool: Heat resistant, beveled edge to get into corners, deep bowl is perfect for retrieving all kinds of food.

    It's rare that I go ga-ga over something as simple as a slotted spoon, but in this case, this spoon is sooo well designed, my reaction is justified. We’ve all used a lot of slotted spoons over the years, and they’re very useful for removing medium-sized solids and leaving the liquid behind. But most slotted spoons are nothing more than that: they’re either nylon with little heat resistance or steel with too much heat transference, and they’re often broad or sort of flat so that they don’t fit well into small spaces or corners.

    Enter the Silicone Slotted Spoon from Cuisipro...

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  6. Cuisipro Silicone Spoon

    Cuisipro Silicone Spoon

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    $11.99

    Why It's Cool: Great spoon for all your non-stick cookware, with a beveled edge, ergonomic handle and good capacity

    Colbrook Kitchen’s corporate name is Kochlöeffel LLC. In German, that means “cooking spoon”, but in Yiddish, it means so much more. A “kochlöeffel” is someone who knows you’re looking for an apartment, sees a promising for rent sign, and texts you on the spot! In other words, someone who gets actively involved in your life ...usually in a good way. So with a name like that, we take cooking spoons very seriously!

    What makes a humble cooking spoon special? What makes it a Cool Tool? Well, a spoon’s simple primary function is transport food from one place to another--from skillet to serving platter, from roasting pan to plate. To do this well, it needs a few key attributes…

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  7. Cuisipro Silicone Wok Turner

    Cuisipro Silicone Wok Turner

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    $11.99

    Why It's Cool: An old world tool reimagined in modern materials with great functionality!

    We love using a wok turner: the broad-blade with slightly raised sides allows you to handle more ingredients faster, which is important in the high-heat environment in which it’s designed to operate. But it’s not just for stir-fry - think about almost anything you cook in a pan - you want to have the advantage of its broader blade, to accomplish the necessary flipping and turning motion, before ingredients stick or burn. This is why a wok turner can be a Cool Tool. But why this wok turner?

    If you’re using a non-stick pan, then you can’t use a traditional steel wok turner. And most of the non-metal wok turners we’ve seen and tested are either too stiff or too thick and don’t have the flexibility, strength and nimbleness to do the job.

    But when our supplier discontinued our previous favorite, we were upset, and we had to renew our search for the ‘right’ non-stick wok turner … one that would assure control with flexibility, and not scratch your nonstick surface. The Silicone Wok Turner from Cuisipro meets all those requirements, and more!

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  8. Good Cooking Electric Salt and Pepper Mills

    Good Cooking Electric Salt and Pepper Mills

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    $17.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to grip, great throughput, easy to use electric salt & pepper mill set, at a very reasonable price.

    Anyone who knows us, knows that we love salt...I mean, we really love salt. We offer 4 kinds of salt when we have company over for dinner (not sure we can distinguish all their nuances, but they look great!), we carry our own salt with us when we go out (the little tubes that eye liner refills come in work perfectly): sea salt for general use, chipotle salt to spice up dishes, and truffle salt for popcorn at the movies.

    If we’re that particular about our salt, just think how particular we are about salt mills. And as you’ve probably already noticed, I’m a little lazy, so if a tool can do the work for me, I let it--so I wanted an electric salt mill. BTW, it can be used for pepper, too.

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  9. Dip Bowl

    HeatTHAT! Serving Pieces

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    $39.99

    Why It's Cool: Stylish design, practical functionality to keep your dips and sauces warm

    How many times has this happened to you? You have prepared a wonderful hot hors d’oeuvres dip or a sauce for a dish, but almost as soon as you get it to the table, it starts to cool and loses some of its appeal. Now here is an elegant solution!

    The HeatTHAT! Serving Pieces distill the essences of 21st Century design and function: combining old-style basic functionality with modern microwave technology to deliver a simple, beautiful dish for your table. Each has an insulated base that acts functionally as a trivet to protect both your tabletop and your fingertips, as well as the foundation for an integrated microwavable heating base (the base is ~ 3/4”/2cm wider than the dish); each white ceramic dish has a hollow bottom that rests atop the heating base.

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  10. KMN Home Fingermitt

    KMN Home Fingermitt

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Glove-like dexterity in a highly flexible high-heat silicone textured pan or pot grabber

    We’ve discussed the many forms of “potholders” - from handwoven summer camp projects, to stiff quilted squares and mitts in asbestos or lesser materials, and various food grade silicone implementations of mitts, pot grabbers, and basic square “potholders”. We’ve failed to mention the original “pot lifter”: the always-convenient and closeby kitchen towel, grasped at both ends to wrap around your hot pot or pan. We have tried them all and we have several available here at Colbrook Kitchen (please don’t send any summer camp projects for evaluation! ;-)]

    However, we’ve found a wonderful new product that combines the flexibility of your fingertips with the heat-protection of food-grade silicone: imagine a custom-sized soft, tight-fitting handglove, without the droopy excess fabric of a kitchen towel, fabricated in 500F/260C heat resistant silicone material … this is the fingermitt™, from KMN Home.

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  11. OXO Non-Stick Cheese Plane

    OXO Non-Stick Cheese Plane

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Slices cheese really well, then lets go--and doesn't take up too much room in your drawer!

    Yes I’m a knife guy, and I love The Cheese Knife! The concept of a Cheese Plane was foreign to me for a long time, and we never could come to a decision on which, if any, to offer. As Cooks Illustrated put it, “a cheese plane is essentially a small trowel with a blade embedded in the flat head; using even pressure, you simply pull the blade across a cheese wedge or block in order to get a uniform slice of cheese.” Simple enough in concept, but the quality of the execution is all over the lot.

    We have tested many Cheese Plane designs: from highly adjustable and dual-blade versions, to the simplest, fixed blade versions, including multiple models from the same brands. For a tool as seemingly simple, there are several design features to consider. Before you get to the blade, you must consider the handle: it should be soft and easy to grip, long enough to allow the blade to cut well (more on that follows), and designed to assure a firm steady hand when pulling the Plane across the cheese. The blade, obviously, should be sharp, flexible enough to cut varying thicknesses (by varying the angle of the handle), and long enough to cut slices in a single pass (but not so long as to become awkward to use). It is also preferable to have a straight - not serrated - single cutting edge to the blade that will produce evenly-thick slices.

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  12. Sirius Chef Muffin Splitter

    Sirius Chef Muffin Splitter

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    $16.98

    Why It's Cool: Maintains all the wonderful nooks and crannies in your English muffins, biscuits and scones

    Everybody loves English Muffins (OK: if you don’t, then skip to the next article!). But like Escargots, English Muffins are wonderfully delicious vehicles to enjoy lots of butter  ...yes, another guilty pleasure! And it’s always a wonderful way to start your morning by letting your butter melt into all those “nooks & crannies”, or adding marmalade, preserves, and nut butters, (or some combination) and much more (our personal favorite is an English muffin sandwich with marmalade and a few slices of crisp bacon!)

    But the real test is ...how can you evenly split your fresh English Muffins (or biscuits, scones, or similar thick breakfast breads): to create, open, and preserve those “nooks & crannies” … in order to enjoy all the deliciousness that is exposed after they’re crisp and toasted and ready to enjoy…?

    As much as I love Knives, and I do try to adhere to my basic principle that “a knife can perform a majority of kitchen tasks” ...well, I must acknowledge that that principle does not apply to English Muffins: attempts to slice evenly inevitably fail, or produce mixed - and unsatisfactory - results  … so you need a purpose-built “Splitter” to achieve an even, consistent result.

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  13. Tovolo Seal 'N Store Storage

    Tovolo Seal 'N Store Storage

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    $15.99

    Why It's Cool: Genius Storage Solution that extends the life of your produce

    Have you ever used half of something: half a lemon, half an onion, etc. and then tried to store the other half, only to have it turn slimy and disgusting in no time at all? Well, I have… and it’s no fun! I’ve tried all sorts of ways of storing the other half: from using plastic wrap, to plastic bags, to storage containers, only to be disappointed in the results.

    The issue is air. On one hand, air is the enemy that makes the ‘cut end’ go bad faster, but on the other hand, it’s an important ally: if you don’t let air “breathe” into your container, then excess moisture will accumulate and speed up rot. This is especially true in a firmly sealed container, where fruits and vegetables rot faster. So how do you protect the cut end from oxidation (too much air) while allowing the outside to breathe and dissipate excess moisture (get more air)? We found a Cool Tool that helps solve this dichotomy!

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  14. Salsa/Bruschetta Spoons

    Vineyard Table Serving Pieces

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    $14.30

    Why It's Cool: Beautiful Hand forged hors d'oeuvres-sized serving pieces at a great price to elevate your entertaining.

    One of the things that transforms a serving of food into a work of art is the presentation, and that’s often as simple as adding an interesting utensil or plate. It’s pretty easy to find interesting full-sized serving pieces, but small interesting pieces are a bit more of a challenge. I personally spent countless hours online looking for small cocktail or butter knives for our house that came in an assortment, and finally bought some that are less than ideal from a store in the UK.

    Imagine my excitement when one of our vendor reps showed us a line that he is importing himself that not only had my ideal butter knives but an assortment of other wonderful small hors d’oeuvre-sized serving utensils...all at really good prices. We have tested them and loved them, and now we can bring them to you!

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