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  1. AdHoc Champ Champagne Stopper

    AdHoc "Champ" Champagne Stopper


    Why It's Cool: Preserves the bubbles, looks great, takes up very little space in the drawer or fridge

    There are at least 2 major issues with Champagne stoppers: they take up too much space on your refrigerator shelf and in your drawer and they’re awkward to use. Often they simply don’t work, because they cannot withstand the pressure from the bottle. And many are just plain ugly.

    Now you can banish all those issues from your bar!

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  2. Pepe

    AdHoc Chili Mill


    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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  3. 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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  4. blomus

    blomus "Knik" Trivet


    Why It's Cool: Great trivet that folds up to take up very little space

    Trivets are essential tools for handling or serving any hot dish, to protect your countertops or your dining table. If you have ever forgotten to use one, then you’ve never forgotten the damage a hot dish can do, especially to wood. Everybody has some sort of trivet, or maybe a few trivets, or maybe even a collection …but simple is better: “X” marks the spot, with the blomus® Knik™ Trivet.

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  5. Professional

    Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpeners


    Why It's Cool: Stylish, easy and incredibly effective knife sharpeners

    Sharpening your knives is an everyday task for everyone who cooks … but it’s often both a pain and a problem: are you doing it correctly? Is what you’re doing effective, or will it hurt your knives? You wind up avoiding the task because it’s one of those chores you don’t feel comfortable with, so you live with dull knives until you can take your knives to a professional, which is both expensive and inconvenient.

    A friend and customer (thanks, Suzy; you got 100 Cooks’ Club Points!) told us about a great knife sharpener that she got. We love leads from our customers, so we sought it out, checked it out, and tested it out, and we were hooked…! This is a truly unique, highly effective and easy to use approach to an everyday problem: getting and keeping your steel knives sharp! You can choose between the Basic, the Classic and the Professional models … all with Austrian Tungsten Carbide blades for the same highly effective sharpening experience!

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

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


    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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  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. Clear

    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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  10. Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus

    Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus


    Why It's Cool: All-in-one kitchen necessities in a space-saving package

    We all know that it takes a range of tools to be effective in the kitchen. After all, we wouldn’t be in this business if that wasn’t true!

    But you don’t always find yourself cooking in your ‘home’ kitchen … and sometimes even that ‘home’ kitchen can be small and short of storage space. We’ve cooked in a lot of places where space limitations have limited the availability of tools … I’m recalling the “kitchens” in small apartments, campers, horse trailers, and especially on boats, where a true “galley kitchen” has defined Realtors®’ favorite coded label for “a really small cramped kitchen with limited storage”. In these situations, you often just don’t have enough space for the tools you need, and therefore you are forced to compromise on what you cook in these settings.

    No longer! The highly creative folks at Joseph Joseph have developed the perfect solution to this situation!

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  11. 6-piece Tall Nest Storage

    Joseph Joseph Nest Storage


    Why It's Cool: Conveniently-sized containers with that nest, with lids that snap together, for compact and efficient storage

    In every kitchen, storage is a major issue: storage of left-overs, storage of fresh food that you need to contain, storage of items in your freezer, and then storage of your storage containers.

    We’re constantly looking for better storage solutions and we’ve tried lots of alternatives. But so many have their own little disadvantages: they take up too much room in the refrigerator because of the little handles that stick out, or they - especially the round ones - aren’t a space-efficient shape, or they don’t stack or nest well, so they take up too much room in your refrigerator or cabinet.

    Well, you guessed it, we found a solution we’re very excited about .…

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  12. Joseph Joseph Stretch™ Trivet

    Joseph Joseph Stretch™ Trivet


    Why It's Cool: It expands to fit almost any pot, and then closes back up for easy storage.

    Trivets are essential tools for handling or serving any hot dish, to protect your countertops or your dining table. If you have ever forgotten to use one, then you’ve never forgotten the damage a hot dish can do, especially to wood.

    Everybody has some sort of trivet, or maybe a few trivets, or maybe even a collection …but they’re very likely to be a diverse mix of tiles, some with cute sayings or pictures of cats, or maybe even a cast-iron Early American model or a silverplated Georgian piece, or some souvenir from a faraway place …we once looked at a Mayan Calendar to serve this role on our table.  And why not? After all, trivets are highly utilitarian, perform their function out of sight under a hot dish, and store almost anywhere. But you don’t have to settle for that!

    What you want is the Joseph Joseph Stretch™ Trivet.

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  13. Joseph Joseph TriScale

    Joseph Joseph TriScale


    Why It's Cool: Fully functional scale with tare capability using very little space

    Here’s the dilemma: you know that weighing your ingredients is a much more reliable practice than than any other form of measurement (see this week's Cool Tip, and even when you’re cooking and precision is not as important, no two potatoes or carrots or apples are the same size, so again, weighing your ingredients is the best way to get good results), but you don’t want to give up a lot of real estate in your kitchen drawer or on your counter to a big ole scale.

    Well now, you don’t have to...

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  14. Lékué PopCorn Microwave Popcorn Maker

    Lékué PopCorn Microwave Popcorn Maker


    Why It's Cool: Makes great popcorn that's both convenient and healthy; distributes toppings throughout! Collapses for easy storage.

    Remember when making popcorn was as easy as throwing a bag (including who knew what additives) into your microwave, waiting a few minutes and then taking out a bag of popped popcorn? Then we learned that all those additives weren’t very good for us. So the convenience of microwave popcorn went out the window. We still wanted popcorn, but we wanted to control the quality of the corn, as well as any of the other stuff that was used to cook it.

    Well, now we’re back to having it all: convenience and total control of the ingredients, as well as great tasting popcorn!

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  15. Lekue 3-4 Person Steamer

    Lékué Steam Case


    Why It's Cool: Make fast, delicious, healthy meals in the microwave or oven—designed for effective cooking in less time

    It's that time of year when we all think about eating and cooking healthier, with less fats and more natural flavors. And you want to make sure that you maximize the nutrient value of your food by cooking in a way that doesn't remove the nutrients from the food. And let's face it, we're all looking for a way to cook great tasting meals easily and more quickly.

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  16. Nuance Wine Finer

    Nuance Wine Finer


    Why It's Cool: Aerates and filters, and you don't need two hands to use it

    To paraphrase Superman: Look at that thing in your bottle: It’s a pourer, it’s an aerator, it’s a filter... (OK, enough of that!)  This is one of the most versatile and handy wine tools around.  If you have an old wine, this filters out the sediment; if you have a young wine, this aerates it to bring out the aromas and flavors, and if your wine is “just right”, this is a terrific pourer that reduces drips and spills.  What more could you want...?

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  17. 7-Piece Set

    Oxo Measuring Beakers


    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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  18. Progressive Stainless Steel Snap-Fit Measuring Spoons

    Progressive Stainless Steel Snap-Fit Measuring Spoons


    Why It's Cool: Sits on counter without tipping, fits spice jars, 2 ends for twice the use, designed for easy storage

    Measuring spoons are one of the most often-used tools in any kitchen. We need them for everything from precision baking to approximate cooking, so that we can repeat great results and fix disappointing ones.

    We all have measuring spoons of various types, probably from when we first started cooking. Many of them may be dented or hooked together so that you have to take out (and wash) all of them at once, and we never really thought that there was a better way... but Progressive did.

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  19. Tovolo Flexible Cutting Mats

    Tovolo Flexible Cutting Mats (Set of 4)


    Why It's Cool: Sturdy enough to stand up to a dishwasher without curling, yet flexible enough to deliver your chopped food to a bowl or pan

    We all have cutting boards of various sizes and materials … and sometimes we have and stick with one favorite … that large professional wood board is a favorite: looks like a mini-butcher’s block and weighs a ton! - as is that white polypropylene model that taught us that cutting boards could go into the dishwasher. But a few years ago, we started becoming accustomed to the convenience of those 4-color sets of cutting “mats” … they combined light weight, space-saving and easy cleanup, and those colors were supposed to remind you to use one color for one food group and another for another, to avoid cross-contamination ...and we found ourselves using them all the time: just grab one, use it, funnel the chopped ingredients into your bowl or pan, and throw it into the sink or dishwasher.

    But the problem has been that, after a relatively short while when we’ve ignored the manufacturers’ “handwash only” admonition and put them in the dishwasher (after all, isn’t that the point of having “plastic” mats, so that you can sanitize them in the dishwasher?), they curled up and didn’t store flat anymore, and you couldn’t keep them flat on the countertop to do the chopping and slicing for which they were intended. So you tossed out that set (or some of it) and got another … and then it happened again, and again. OK, they’re cheap and replaceable and … but it’s still aggravating. Well, no longer! As confirmed fans of flexible cutting mats, we were always looking for a better example … and we’ve found it!

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  20. Precision Cutting Mat

    Tovolo Precision Cutting Guide Mats


    Why It's Cool: Mats provide more than a cutting surface, they're a mini cooking lesson.

    Has this ever happened to you: you’re chopping away, prepping for dinner, and you wonder, “Are we there yet?” Have you chopped enough of the ingredient so that you can stop and move on to the next one? Of course you can stop, put all your chopped ingredient into a measuring cup, and then add or subtract as necessary. But wouldn’t it be nice to have guidance right where you’re chopping?

    And what about when you want to get your “Top Chef” on, but are uncertain about the difference between a batonnet and a brunoise, or unclear about the angle of a cut. Or how about figuring ou equivalents on the fly (how many cups in a quart?)

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