The Basics

These are your go-to Cool Tools that you use almost every time you cook. They may not be fancy, but they are well-designed, well-made, and do what they are supposed to do...only better!

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  1. RSVP NonStick Scrubber
    RSVP NonStick Scrubber
    Why It's Cool: Won't scratch your cookware, great flexability, and enough oomph to do the job!
    Cleaning up is probably the least fun part of cooking, but unfortunately, it’s a necessity. So are there Cool Tools that make this easier or less unpleasant? We’ve tested...
  2. RSVP Stainless Steel Dry Measuring Cups (Set of 7)
    RSVP Stainless Steel Dry Measuring Cups (Set of 7)
    Why It's Cool: All the good sizes in a set of 7 18/8 SS dry measuring cups
    As we stated in our Cool Tip: There is a Difference, you really do measure wet and dry ingredients differently.  Wet ingredients will find their own level in a measuring cup,...
  3. KitchenIQ The Better Zester
    KitchenIQ The Better Zester
    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...
    As low as $14.99
  4. Progressive Cut Resistant Glove
    Progressive Cut Resistant Glove
    Why It's Cool: Protects your hands when using a mandoline or slicer
    In a couple of the other write-ups, we talk about the fact that mandolines are sharp: really sharp.  That’s a good thing and a bad thing (well, not really bad, just, you...
    As low as $9.99
  5. Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix Mixing Jar (Egg, corn starch, ... everything mixer!)
    Colbrook Kitchen QuickMix Mixing Jar (Egg, corn starch, ... everything mixer!)
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    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...
    As low as $12.50
  6. Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups
    Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups
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    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...
    As low as $8.00
  7. Good Cooking Electric Salt or Pepper Mills
    Good Cooking Electric Salt or Pepper Mills
    Why It's Cool: Easy to grip, great throughput, easy to use electric salt or pepper mill, 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...
  8. Kiwi
    Charles Viancin All Silicone Cutting Boards
    Why It's Cool: Flexible to deliver cut food to pan or bowl, doesn't move on counter as you cut, dishwasher safe
    When we reviewed the original Charles Viancin Lilypad Cutting Board, we talked about the many choices of cutting boards, including the fact that we all probably have several, in...
    As low as $16.99
  9. RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Scrubbie (Package of 2)
    RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Scrubbie (Package of 2)
    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...
  10. 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...
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