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This Week's Cool Tools

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  1. Pepe

    AdHoc Chili Mill

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    Why It's Cool: It cuts (not grinds) dried chilies into tiny pieces to add a hit of flavor to any dish

    The “Pepe” Chili Mill from AdHoc features the unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism - a special stainless steel blade that cuts your choice of dried chilis against sharply etched teeth - so that you can enjoy the more intense, “fresh” flavor of real chilis, even when dried, instead of merely crushing long-dried pepper flakes onto your dish! Freshly cut = more flavor!

    And the Voyage offers the same features and benefits, in a sleek compact highly-portable design … so you can have your own chilis conveniently available wherever you are … in your picnic basket, at your favorite restaurant, on your popcorn at the movies, etc. … yes, we know folks who love their chilis anytime, anywhere! And the Voyage from AdHoc makes it possible.

    It’s all that simple: put the dried chilies of your choice into the storage portion of these Cool Tools - either the acrylic chili-shaped top of the Pepe or the simple smaller, more portable container of the Voyage - and turn the top. The unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism is the heart of these Cool Tools. You can cut the chilies into the removable base to measure before adding to your dish, or you can remove the base and cut the chilies directly onto your plate or dish. Then replace the base - it acts as a cover - to avoid making a mess on your table or countertop.

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  2. AdHoc DuoMill Pure

    AdHoc DuoMill Pure

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    $49.99

    Why It's Cool: Both salt and pepper in one tower with 2 adjustable ceramic mills; great functionality and beautiful too!

    Salt and Pepper: essential ingredients in almost every recipe, and therefore in every kitchen and on every tabletop! And there are so many ways to ‘deliver’ these ingredients to your food … we offer electric (Piper’s primary faves!) and manual (Kennedy’s personal preferences!) But the good ones have a few things in common:

    • rapid, consistent and evenly distributed throughput,
    • adjustable grinders for individualized preferences,
    • comfortable ease of use, and
    • no messy “leave-behind” on your countertop or tabletop.

    Over these 5+ years of searching worldwide for truly Cool Tools, we’ve learned a lot, our requirements have become stricter, and the possible field of acceptable choices has narrowed. But this product truly is one of the best! And it’s from one of the first companies we worked with when we started our business!

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  3. fusionbrands CitrusZipper

    fusionbrands CitrusZipper

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    $5.95

    Why It's Cool: Everything you can do with a citrus (except juice it) in one compact Cool Tool!

    IOHO (In Our Humble Opinion) nothing brings a dish alive better than a touch of citrus: either from juice, or zest, or, very often both. And almost every cocktail (from a martini, to an old fashioned, to a cosmopolitan) benefits from a little citrus. That’s why we are always on the look-out for great citrus tools that make adding (or accessing--see the part of this tool that helps you peel an orange) fresh citrus that much easier. And we’ve found one that is compact (only a little larger than a stick of gum), effective (we were wowed by how it accomplished each of its tasks), and very reasonably priced!

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  4. fusionbrands HerbZipper

    fusionbrands HerbZipper

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    $6.95

    Why It's Cool: Compact but powerful Cool Tool that takes the work out of stripping herbs off their stems.

    Love herbs? Of course: they are nature’s gift to cooks everywhere! But hate picking the little leaves off the stems? Yes … well, do we have a Cool Tool for you!

    I’m sure we don’t have to tell you how the addition of fresh herbs can elevate a dish. Whether it’s cilantro in Salsa Fresca, thyme in an Adventure in Your Refrigerator Frittata, rosemary in Rosemary Popcorn, or oregano in Parmesan Crumbed Baked Chicken Thighs, fresh herbs add a ton of flavor without adding calories. But often there can be a moment’s hesitation before you go the fresh herb route because of the hassle - the extra effort - of separating the tasty herb leaves from the not-so-pleasant herb stems.

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  5. Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

    Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

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    $14.99

    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 love its different approach to preparing garlic in the best possible way for sauteing ‘crispy bits’ for all  manner of dishes.

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  6. KitchenIQ The Better Zester

    KitchenIQ The Better Zester

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Smoother zesting, catches and measures zest, then scrapes it off back

    When something is called “The Better Zester”, your first reaction is that this must be giant sized braggadocio--at least that was my reaction … until I tried it.  It is a better zester!  The designers looked at the other zesters on the market, analyzed the flaws and shortcomings, and found solutions for all of them.

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  7. OXO Dusting Wand

    OXO Dusting Wand

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy and fast solution for sprinkling: paprika on deviled eggs, cinnamon or cocoa on coffee, flour on dough, and powdered sugar on...just about anything!

    I’ve found that I love sprinkling: whether it’s paprika on deviled eggs, or cinnamon or cocoa on coffee, or flour on dough, or rub on meat, or powdered sugar on… almost anything. Now you can keep various shakers filled with each of these things, to be ready to sprinkle away. But I like to be a little more spontaneous: I may want to sprinkle powdered sugar in the morning, then some rub on steak or chicken in the evening, or some flour at various points during the day, all without having to have a bunch of pre-filled shakers cluttering my cabinets or drawers.

    That’s why we love the OXO Dusting Wand--it’s the Cool Tool for instant sprinkling gratification! And when baking, it’s so much more efficient than putting your hand into the canister to pick up and distribute usually too much flour onto your pastry mat.

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  8. OXO Garlic (and stuff) Slicer

    OXO Garlic (and stuff) Slicer

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Slices paper thin with an effective food hopper to protect your fingers!

    Two of the greatest flavor additions to almost any savory dish are garlic and ginger - fresh of course! We love these ingredients, and have found some wonderful Cool Tools over the years that make them so much easier to use: the Garlic Rocker for extruding pieces of garlic (or ginger (thanks, Susie, for that suggestion, you get an extra 100 Cooks’ Club Points) that turn into flavorful crunchy bits in the skillet, the Garlic Cube that creates either tiny dice of garlic or uniform slices, perfect for longer cooking (and this works wonderfully to make tiny dice of ginger and hot chilies as well), and the Ginger Tool, the ultimate ginger processor that makes perfectly grated ginger, as well as ginger slices, with containers incorporated in the tool to capture all the ginger goodness. But we hadn’t yet found anything that met our standards to make paper thin slices of garlic, that literally melt into your dish, without risking cutting our fingers...until now!

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  9. OXO Herb Saver

    OXO Herb Saver

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Keeps your delicate herbs fresh for much longer

    We love fresh herbs! Each and every herb adds so much to a dish and takes it from good to great! But we don’t love how fast herbs deteriorate, once you pick them in the garden or bring them home from the market. We’ve looked at and tested so many so-called herb preservers, only to be disappointed in the results.

    For us, the major test is cilantro: we use it in so many dishes, we can’t grow it because it bolts as soon as the sun peeks out, and it usually doesn’t last more than a few days in the refrigerator. So when we tested the OXO Herb Saver on cilantro and found that maintained freshness for over a week, we were ecstatic...and hooked!

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  10. 7-Piece Set

    Oxo Measuring Beakers

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    $10.00

    Why It's Cool: Measure small amounts of liquids and spices without spilling

    Setting up your mise-en-place before you start cooking is one of those steps that can make you a more efficient (and often calmer) cook. But what do you do about all those small ingredients that need to be added one at a time? You can use a lot of small mise bowls, but then you have to measure, then pour into a mise bowl, then pour into your mixing bowl: too many steps and you've left some behind twice, so your measurements aren't as accurate as they should be. And a series of filled measuring spoons on your counter isn’t the answer either, because those little things just aren’t stable enough to sit around with ingredients in them. And how often has your hand shook just a little as your pour your ingredient into your measuring spoon, making a mess and making your measurement less than accurate? Well, now there finally is an elegant (and pretty cute) solution...

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  11. OXO Silicone Garlic Peeler

    OXO Silicone Garlic Peeler

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    $6.99

    Why It's Cool: Makes easy work of the tough job of peeling garlic; shape keeps garlic cloves inside and plastic box keeps peeler clean between uses

    Garlic...is there any other single flavor that adds more to so many dishes? We love garlic, whether it’s crispy bits in a stir fry or paper thin slices that almost disappear into the dish. And we have a few Cool Tools for producing just the form of garlic you want. But before you get into garlic processing, you have to get into garlic access...otherwise known as peeling your garlic.

    That papery skin that clings to each garlic clove can be a challenge and a frustration to remove. And worse yet, it can leave you with a lingering smell of garlic on your fingers/under your nails, from the garlic juice that inevitably comes from trying to peel garlic by hand. And even if you love garlic, as we do, fingers are not where you want the smell!

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  12. RSVP Endurance Vintage Nut & Seed Toasting Pan

    RSVP Endurance Vintage Nut & Seed Toasting Pan

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Toaste nuts, seeds and spices quickly, and the mesh lid keeps them from escaping the pan!

    Pan-toasting brings out the wonderful flavors and aromas in spices, seeds and nuts: it transforms them from everyday ingredients into something almost ethereal, adding extra dimensions of flavor to dishes from many cuisines from around the world. We’ve pan-toasted these sorts of small ingredients for years. But pan-toasting like this requires a lot of shaking - to assure all-over/even toasting and to avoid burning the ingredients. And using a typical small open saute or fry pan will allow the ingredients to fly around and often escape out of your pan.

    A few years ago we were in NY visiting dear friends. They couldn’t wait to show us a great find: a small round pan with a snap-in mesh lid that you use to toast spices, seeds and nuts. They were even so wonderfully generous as to send us one for our kitchen. We loved it! The pan heated quickly to toast the spices in no time and the wonderful mesh lid solved the problem of escaping seeds and spices.

    Fade out, fade in …one of our favorite vendors, RSVP, offers an updated version of our friends’ earlier pan, but in beautiful stainless steel, with a nicely lockable mesh lid. We couldn’t wait to try it ...and we weren’t disappointed!

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  13. RSVP Garlic Cube

    RSVP Garlic Cube

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    $15.99

    Why It's Cool: Slices and dices garlic with the push of the lid...easy with great results...and satisfying "thwack!"

    As you may know, we are not big fans of the garlic press: it crushed the garlic too small and it’s too annoying to clean out. So we remain big fans of the Garlic Rocker.

    But sometimes we need sliced garlic, and I always worry that slicing anything as small as garlic provides a better-than-even chance of slicing my finger. So if I can find a tool that is both efficient and effective to do the job, I’ll give it a try.

    And I have to say that I find myself in a 3-way relationship: I still love the Garlic Rocker, but oh, you Garlic Cube. It is the first garlic tool since the Garlic Rocker that has swept me off my feet!

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  14. RSVP Salt Cellar with Spoon (like Alton Brown's)

    RSVP Salt Cellar with Spoon (like Alton Brown's)

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    $21.95

    Why It's Cool: Keeps your salt in easy reach, but protected from splatters

    Party like a rock star... dispense salt like Alton Brown!

    You know how we feel about salt, so we’re always looking for the best way to dispense it. We have a couple of great salt mills on the site, but sometimes a recipe calls for a specific amount of salt, and then it makes sense to be able to spoon it out (or even pinch it out). To do that you must have a container that will fit your measuring spoons or fingers (the box of kosher salt just is too cumbersome here.) There are lots of different salt vessels around, but it’s nice to have one that has a cover (so it doesn’t get splattered from whatever when you’re cooking nearby), that is easy to open with one hand, leaving your other hand free to dispense the salt. And it should be big enough to use easily without taking up too much space on your countertop.

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  15. Trudeau Graviti +Plus Salt or Pepper Mill

    Trudeau Graviti +Plus Salt or Pepper Mill

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    Regular Price: $49.99

    Special Price: $39.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to use with great throughput

    If you’re a fan of this site, you know that I love anything that makes cooking easier and better. And when it comes to salt and pepper mills, I look for a few things. First, is the grinder ceramic, so that it can grind salt or pepper without corroding? Second, does it have great throughput (in other words, does it grind a lot at one time)? Third, is the grind even and adjustable? And fourth, is it easy to use? Additional pluses for me are: a light to see how much I’m grinding, a large capacity hopper so that I don’t have to keep refilling it, and a nice look on the table. And, of course, my preference is electric, because when it comes to grinding salt and pepper, I’m a little lazy… not so lazy that I won’t grind it fresh, but lazy enough that I’d rather not take a lot of effort to do it.

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