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This Week's Cool Tools

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  1. Plastic Wrap

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Takes the frustration out of using kitchen wraps: plastic wrap, foil and parchment.

    OK, I’ve already admitted that I’m a klutz when it comes to plastic wrap; that’s one of the reasons that we love the Charles Viancin Lids. But there are times when plastic wrap can be the best solution. And there are fewer alternatives to foil and parchment, both of which have a hallowed, if frustrating, place in our kitchen. But these always have been hate-love-hate relationships because, try as I might, the grocery store dispensers of all the various products in this category get messy, don’t tear evenly or well, start breaking down the moment you start to use them, and are generally unsatisfactory kitchen “helpers”. In short, most are badly designed and function poorly: the very opposite of Cool Tools!

    That’s why we were so excited to discover ChicWrap...

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Clear

    fusionbrands PopMeasure

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    $3.99

    Why It's Cool: 2 microwave safe measure cups in one, with easy clean-up in the dishwasher

    Has this ever happened to you? You have your measuring cup out and you’ve just measured your liquid, and now you have to measure something dry. So what do you do? Do you wash and dry your measuring cup in the middle of your preparations? That’s a pain! Do you curse because you didn’t read the whole recipe and reorder the ingredients to measure all the dry ingredients first? Who of us is that organized? Or do you get one of our favorite Cool Tools from those clever folks at fusionbrands?

    The PopMeasure is a great concept that is beautifully executed. It’s a 2-sided measuring cup: so you have a dry side even after you’ve measured a liquid. But what’s additionally creative about it is that it pops down for both storage and for easy cleanup in the dishwasher without collecting water in either side.

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  5. Lékué Egg Poacher (Set of 2)

    Lékué Egg Poacher (Set of 2)

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    $17.99

    Why It's Cool: Poaches your egg in water, mimicking the traditional egg poaching method, while assuring consistent results with a minimum of fuss!

    Poached eggs are a true treat! When done right, they have a firm, but yielding, white around a molten rich yolk, with lots of protein and no extra fat, other than that which the egg contains. They’re wonderful by themselves, over toast, served hot on top of a cold dressed salad, on corned beef hash and, of course, for a real treat, as the centerpiece of eggs benedict.

    But as simple as a poached egg is in concept (egg and water, maybe with some supporting characters like a little vinegar and salt), it’s much more difficult in reality to make a consistently good poached egg. There are people who can do it au naturelle, but I, alas, am not one of them. And so, a tool to make really good poached eggs has become the Holy Grail of the kitchen tool industry, with varying levels of success...or not…. We’ve searched for years!

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  6. OXO Chef's Precision Oven Thermometer

    OXO Chef's Precision Oven Thermometer

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    $12.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to read, accurate, and stays out of the way with a 2-prong hanger

    There is a liar in your kitchen--it’s your oven. It may say that the temperature is 350°F, but what is it really? The only way to know is to get an oven thermometer. You’ll be surprised how far off your oven can be (or maybe pleasantly surprised if it’s not.) But, you may say, if my oven has been off all these years and my dishes came out fine, why bother? There’s a point to that, but you may have been lucky thus far; who’s to say that your luck will hold out on the next new recipe you try? The bottom line is that for relatively little money, and even less inconvenience, you can bring a level of assurance to your cooking that you may not have realized that you lack.

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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 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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  9. RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Scrubbie (Package of 2)

    RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Scrubbie (Package of 2)

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    $2.50

    Why It's Cool: Cleans like a champ and doesn't rust

    OK, so clean-up is definitely not the most exciting part of cooking. But, alas, it is always a necessary set of tasks. So when you find something clever, effective, and reasonably priced that will make these otherwise unpleasant tasks easier and better-performed, it make sense to check it out. And we did just that with the Scrubbie from RSVP.

    The Scrubbie is an all-stainless steel coil that doesn’t rust, but does really clean any non-coated pot or pan, thoroughly and quickly. It’s long lasting, and the rough surface really helps scrub-away stuck-on or burned-on food. And the Scrubbie itself cleans up easily in your dishwasher.

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  10. The Cake Knife

    The Cake Knife

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    $30.00

    Why It's Cool: Serrated teeth and unique material allow knife to slice through a layer cake without getting cake stuck all over the blade, and the large, flat blade lifts that slice easily onto a plate

    Cakes are wonderful desserts … ranging from a single layer cheesecake, to a multi-layered iced and decorated extravaganza - in the dominant flavor of your choice, of course! Cakes can be a delightful, usually sweet, finishing touch to your meal. And portions can be managed to the “how much do you want?” desires and remaining appetites of individual guests, with an almost certainty of leftovers! Perfect! So what Cool Tool do you need to properly present a portion of cake?

    Well first, you want a tool that will cut the cake without squishing out the filling or crushing the cake.  And then you want a tool that will transport the cake from the serving plate to the diner's plate without leaving any behind. And if you can accomplish both those things with one tool, then you're in cake heaven!

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  11. Tovolo Blender Scraper

    Tovolo Blender Scraper

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    $8.99

    Why It's Cool: Reaches places no spatula has gone before

    There are certain kitchen clean-up jobs that just seem harder than others. One of those is scraping all of the contents out of any jar, bottle, blender, or other container, in fact, that is long and narrow: an ordinary spatula just doesn’t do the job because it is straight and not designed to extract all the contents. What you need is something with an angled head and a flexible tip that can reach down into the container and scrape along all sides, bringing all the deliciousness up with it. If it can also scrape from the side, like a traditional spatula, then that’s a bonus. And we finally found one that does it all…

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