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  1. AdHoc DuoMill Pure

    AdHoc DuoMill Pure


    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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  2. Capabunga Cheese Vault

    Capabunga Cheese Vault


    Why It's Cool: Convenient effective way to store cheese that keeps it handy and protected

    Cheese is one of our favorite “food groups” … and we love cheese in all forms … except spoiled. But we invariably buy more than we consume, so the eternal corollary question is about storage: how do you best store the remaining pieces before they spoil? There are many considerations here. Since most of it comes from the store wrapped in plastic wrap, that should be an appropriate technique … but it isn’t! And we’ve tried every other variation: zip-lock bags, vacuum-sealed bags, parchment paper, wax paper, and more. But cheese needs to breathe to avoid spoilage and none of these approaches allow that to happen, as nature requires! We sell the Formaticum Cheese Wraps, in sheets and in bags, but even this two-layered paper can be difficult to use in some circumstances and not easy to organize neatly in your refrigerator. What to do?

    Enter … The Cheese Vault, from our friends at Capabunga!

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  3. Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups

    Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups


    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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    Charles Viancin Suction Glass Markers


    Why It's Cool: Glass Markers work with stemless or stemmed wine glasses and cocktail glasses, and they stick until you choose to remove them

    How many times are you at a party where you lose half a glass of wine because you put it down and then you have no idea which glass is yours! And if you’re the host, you are constantly providing more glasses for those guests who can’t recognize which glass is theirs.

    There are lots of glass markers on the market, but we've been on the hunt for glass markers that work for stemless as well as stemmed wine glasses, and even for cocktail glasses. We also wanted ones that looked good and were easy to use. Not a lot to ask for, but surprisingly not easy to find. Well, we've finally found one we truly love!...

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  5. Cheese Lover's Bundle

    Cheese Lover's Bundle


    As low as: $81.61

    Why It's Cool:

    Here's a fun gift for the cheese lovers on your list. It includes an assortment of wonderful Cool Tools to store and serve your cheese to perfection, and comes complete with a card that provides some guidance for creating a great cheese course.

    Here's what's included in the bundle:

    • Cheese Vault: Why It's Cool: Convenient effective way to store cheese that keeps it handy and protected
    • Cheese Slicer: Why It's Cool: Blade (instead of wire) cuts cheese easily
    • Cheese Grip: Why It's Cool: Keep your fingers off the cheese with this convenient handle
    • Cheese Labels: Why It's Cool: Helps guests know what they're eating; reusable
    • The Cheese Knife: Why It's Cool: Cuts cheese cleanly without sticking
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  6. Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix

    Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix


    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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  7. Erik Bagger Appetizer Knife

    Erik Bagger Appetizer Knife


    Why It's Cool: Pure Scandinavian design: embodying both form and function in an elegant, simple piece

    When you’re serving appetizers, there is a special niche of tool - between a sharp paring knife and a blunt spatula - that makes the tasks of portioning and spreading ingredients easier and more controllable. Whether you perform these tasks yourself - think about spreading a cheesy mixture onto small baguette slices before broiling to make a ‘hot bruschetta’ - or offering a slice of rustic paté for guests to prepare their own portion onto crackers - some like more or less than others - you need an appropriate serving piece to perform these tasks with care and attention.

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  8. Escali SAVU Space Saving Scale

    Escali SAVU Space Saving Scale


    Why It's Cool: Small, sleek, and incredibly talented!

    Precision in cooking may not be as important as it is in baking, but when no two potatoes or carrots or apples are the same size, weighing your ingredients can really help make sure that your dish turns out the way you want it to, with the ingredients in the right proportions. And for baking, it's essential (see our Cool Tip "For the Cookie Monster in all of us: Weigh Your Way to Baking Success!")

    But there are various choices in scale designs that need to be considered ...and the Escali SAVU Scale, with it’s very sleek and compact design, presents a comprehensive set of “positive answers” to these questions.

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  9. fusionbrands CitrusZipper

    fusionbrands CitrusZipper


    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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    fusionbrands PopMeasure


    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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  11. Gefu Bivita Sprouter

    Gefu Bivita Sprouter


    Why It's Cool: Grow your own sprouts, easily, quickly and deliciously!

    OK, we admit it: we used to laugh at people who ate sprouts. Yes, we live in Northern California, and, yes, we know that sprouts are supposed to be really healthy, but we always thought that they tasted sorta like grass, and if you ate them at all it was ONLY for the health benefits. We even asked waiters to take them off our salads when offered. Our “Ah ha” moment came when one of our vendors talked us into trying their new sprouter (which, incidentally, just won the GIA - Global Innovation Award - at the 2017 International Housewares Show!) we sent away for some organic French Garden (Clover, Arugula, Cress, Radish, Fenugreek, Dill) seeds and gave it a go. Wow!

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  12. GEFU Potato, Juice and Spaetzle Press

    GEFU Potato, Juice and Spaetzle Press


    Why It's Cool: Beautifully silky smooth riced potatoes with much less effort

    Ahhh potatoes, that much maligned but often secretly enjoyed staff of life that adds so much to any meal. And while there are any number of ways to prepare a potato (or sweet potato for that matter), the richest and most decadent and probably most satisfying is in a silky smooth puree with the add-in of your choice (think cheese, sour cream, butter, garlic, celery root, creme fraiche, etc.), whether it’s just served on a plate, stuffed back in the shell to make a twice-baked potato, a seasonal favorite like Kennedy’s Drunken Sweet Potatoes, or our favorite French comfort food: Aligot Potatoes, that cheese-enhanced mashed-potato dish from central France that is somewhere between buttery mashed potatoes and pure melted cheese. And what is the hands-down best way to get that silky texture? In our opinion it’s ricing the potato.

    Ricing forces the potatoes through small holes and produces a silkier, smoother, fluffier texture that makes your potato the perfect vehicle for your next step. But the main problem with ricing is that it usually requires some physical strength on the part of the cook: it helps to peel before cooking (otherwise you have to remove the peels after each press), but most Ricers require more strength than most of us possess: Even before we started this business, we were on a hunt for an effective “Ricer”, without success, until now! Finally, we’ve found it!

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  13. Dip Bowl

    HeatTHAT! Serving Pieces


    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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  14. Jaccard Pig Tail Food Flipper Set

    Jaccard Pig Tail Food Flipper Set


    Why It's Cool: Two sizes of sturdy, handy flippers that make it so easy to turn food on the grill or in the oven

    We’ve always been big fans of tongs… we have several on the site, and love them all. But we were recently introduced to a new technique for flipping and moving food...and we were blown away! There are times when you want the minimum contact possible with your food while turning it or moving it from place to place. Often this is when you’ve developed a nice crust while grilling, or other good coating that you don’t want to disturb. That’s when the Pig Tail Food Flipper from Jaccard just shines. But once you start using the Pig Tail, you will begin to realize how both fun and useful it is, and you will use it for so much more.

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  15. KMN Anodized Aluminum Rolling Pin

    KMN Anodized Aluminum Rolling Pin


    Why It's Cool: Traditional French design with enhanced cooling and non-stick functionality

    A rolling pin is useful … but who knew it also could be beautiful?

    There are essentially three basic designs for rolling pins: (1) the “American Style” - the classic 2.5”+/- diameter round shape, with a dowel-like handle through the middle, made of hardwood or sometimes marble; (2) the “Italian” or “macaroni stick” design, with a small, uniform diameter and no handles, and (3) the “French” or “European” style: a tapered design without handles, in 2 variations: (a) tapered only on the ends, or (b) fully-tapered from the center to the ends.

    The main reason you use any rolling pin are to roll out dough, to a uniform thickness - or “thinness” - as is usually the case. As we have learned, the choices of which design you prefer, or which design you may prefer for different uses, are highly personal and individualized, based on how, how often, and for what purposes you use a rolling pin. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and you’ll want to experiment to learn your preferences.

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  16. Kuchenprofi Dumpling Makers

    Kuchenprofi Dumpling Makers


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    Why It's Cool: Makes it easy to make and seal ravioli, empanadas, hand pies, etc.

    We were making a big deal dinner last weekend, and one of the highlight dishes was ravioli stuffed with a mixture of foie gras, chestnut puree and brandy, served with crispy duck confit and chives in a concentrated infused broth. We were very pleased with the way it turned out. But we were even more pleased with how easy it was to make.

    I love making ravioli as a special first course because the impressiveness to work ratio is great (very impressive, for not that much work), and we posted a Cool Tip about using wonton skins as the pasta. But this time the ravioli were even easier...

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  17. Lékué Egg Poacher (Set of 2)

    Lékué Egg Poacher (Set of 2)


    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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  18. Norpro Mini Popover Pan

    Norpro Mini Popover Pan


    Why It's Cool: Make popovers for a crowd--12 at once with great non-stick properties!

    OK, I admit it, I’m late to the party--the “popover party”! I didn’t discover the wonder of popovers until relatively recently when a local Napa Valley restaurant featured them freshly made every half hour--you ordered them and waited (note: you should always wait for popovers, not the other way around!), and they would arrive hot, buttery, crispy on the outside and almost custardy tender on the inside. But the idea of tackling these myself never occurred to me… until recently.

    We have a potluck women's luncheon group, and this month had a gluten-free theme. Without remembering the theme, I volunteered to make homemade bread and butter...I have a killer bread recipe, and homemade butter is so much fun with the Butter Maker. Then it hit me that this had to be gluten-free. "Oh, fudge (polite version)", I cried, "what do I do now?" Well, thank goodness for the Internet! After rummaging around for awhile, I found a great starter recipe, added a few touches of my own, and, Voila! Gluten-Free Lemon Parmesan Popovers. And everybody at the lunch loved them!

    What I did learn in this process is that the key to a great popover is a great popover pan. You need the depth and straight sides of the cups, you need metal to transmit the heat for browning, and you need nonstick so you’re not trying to dig out these delicate airy treats while they deflate before your eyes. And, as far as I’m concerned, you have to be able to produce a sufficient quantity to serve them to company, and the popovers have to be the right size so you don’t overwhelm the rest of the meal.

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  19. Novac RoastEasy Chain Mail Roasting Cover from Cuisipro

    Novac RoastEasy Chain Mail Roasting Cover from Cuisipro


    Why It's Cool: Keeps the moisture in while allowing the outside to get crisp.

    Roasting is a simple, straightforward method of cooking many dishes but, as with any cooking, there can be many ‘slips twixt the cup and the lip’ … and one of the great features of any roast dish - from beef to chicken to vegetables - is retaining natural juices, while achieving a crisp exterior. There can be nothing better than a crisp-skinned roast chicken, or crisp roasted potatoes, or … conversely, nothing worse than a soggy chicken skin, or mushy potatoes.

    The Novac RoastEasy Chain Mail Roasting Cover is a perfect tool to assure that you stay on the crisp and delicious side of these dishes, simply and efficiently, producing great results every time!

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  20. Oggi Double-Walled Stainless Steel Bowls with Lids

    Oggi Double-Walled Stainless Steel Bowls with Lids


    Why It's Cool: Keeps hot food hot and cold foods does it know?:-)

    Now that the weather has turned warm and eating outdoors, whether a picnic or glorious dinner under the stars, is the seasonal treat we wait for all year. But with outdoor dining come some considerations: what dishes and flatware do you use, how to keep the bugs away from your food, and how to keep your food hot or cold (as the case may be) when you’re away from controlled climate and electricity?

    Well, one of the best ways to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold is a low tech (no tech) solution: double-walled stainless steel. I was researching why double walls are so effective in retaining heat and cold and ran across this wonderfully whimsical explanation in and had to share it with you:

    So imagine you have a cat. You are full of warm lovely feelings of affection for said kitty. In order to transfer your feelings of warmth and love to Mr. Kitty you pet him, and after chewing on your hand a little bit, Mr. Kitty's cold little heart warms up and he decides he loves you back. This is also how heat transfer works. Hot things rub up against cold things and warm them up until they are both the same temperature.

    Now imagine you put on a big fluffy glove and go to pet Mr. Kitty. Mr. Kitty's tiny little brain will be confused and it will take much longer for him to stop trying to gnaw his way to the center of the tootsie pop that is your hand. Eventually though, he will calm down and accept your petting. This is how traditional insulation works. Things make worse contact and heat transfers more slowly.

    Finally imagine that you are trying to pet Mr. Kitty by just waving your hands back and forth over the top of him. Mr. Kitty is going to put up with this for about 15 minutes, and then go sit in the corner and wish his human wasn't such an idiot. This is how your double walled container works. There is essentially no contact between the outside and the inside, and as such, very little heat transfer occurs.

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