Requirements for an item to be a "Cool Kitchen Tool" are:
~ Must be comfortable to use
~ Easy to store
~ Easy to clean
~ Does it serve more than one purpose?
~ Good quality for the price; durable
~ Use often
Lurch Silicone Pastry BrushWhy I love it: Bristles are short and sturdy enough to handle shortening, yet will hold melted butter. Silicone brush, so no more burnt bristles! Easy to clean; just throw it in the dishwasher. I use it to grease baking pans, sheets, brush melted butter on top of breads, and for glazing meats.
Post links: Baklava, Teriyaki Burgers, Herbed Turkey Breast, Buttermilk Biscuits
Where you can get it: Sandy Bosch Kitchen Store $3.99
Avant Garde $14.99
Plastic Bowl ScraperWhy I love it: Measuring 5.75"x 3.75", this flexible, yet sturdy piece of plastic is a baker's best friend. I use it to scoop out breads and cookie doughs from the bowl. I also use the straight edge to lift up bread dough from the counter and for scooping up chopped veggies from the cutting board. Cleans up in the dishwasher.
Post links: Rustic No Knead Bread, Buttery Bread Sticks, French Bread Hamburger Buns
Where you can get it: Sandy Bosch Kitchen Store $.99
Able Kitchen $1.21
Restaurant Equipment Solutions $1.31
Pyrex Accents 2 and 4 Cup Measuring Cup
Why I love it: The non-slip rubber grip on bottom and the easy to read from the top measure lines. No more bending down to read the measurements. I don't have the lid, but it is NOT a lockable lid. It is meant to strain or prevent spatters in the microwave. I have the 2 cup and 4 cup sizes, but just found an 8 cup size that would be great for pancake batter, soups, etc. Cleans up in the dishwasher.
Post links: Homestyle Tortillas and many other posts!
Where you can get it: Amazon $11.99
Fresh Market, Smiths Grocery stores $7.99-$11.99
Ace Hardware $23.99 for a set of 3
Target $17.99 for the 8 cup size
Pyrex Digital Instant Read Thermometer
Why I love it: It reads the internal temperature quickly and is easy to use. Just stick it in the thickest part of the meat and in seconds, you will know if your meat is rare, medium or well done. I've used this thermometer in making cheese, heating milk/water for bread dough, or checking the internal temperature of baked bread for doneness. It is not suitable for candy making, deep frying or for use inside the oven.
Post links: Easy Fondant, Microwave Mozzarella Cheese, Prime Rib Roast, No Egg Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Where you can get it: Pyrex does not make this model; however, Taylor makes a similar product for the same price I paid for this one.
Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender
Why I love it: No more transferring hot sauces to a blender. Stick this blender right into the pot and blend away. 200 watts of power and super easy to clean. Just push a button on the back, and the blade attachment comes off for easy cleaning in the dishwasher! I have found many, many uses for this "Smart" stick!
Post Links: Homemade Mayonnaise, Company Pot Roast, Breakfast Casserole, Banana Bread
Where you can get it:
Amazon Best Buy Kohl's Bed, Bath, & Beyond $29.95 - $34.99
Why I love it: This quickly and easily slices veggies, even tomatoes! I like how you can slice onions very thinly (1.5mm) and quickly ... no more tears! I love how easy it is to take apart, wash and that it stores flat.
Post links: Intro to the Oxo Mandoline Slicer, Slicing Lemons for Lemon Water, Tomatoes for Deli Sandwiches, Matchstick Carrots for Asian Chicken Salad
Where you can get it: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Willams Sonoma, Amazon $38.73 - $41.39
Why I love it: Easy to use and easy to clean. The push button works smoothly and rinses the veggies dry. Has a brake button to stop spinning and the bowl has a rubber base to grip the counter while spinning veggies dry. Newest improvement is that the lid comes apart for cleaning.
Post Links: Rinsing Cut Lettuce, Deli Sandwiches for a Crowd, Fresh Buttermilk Dressing, Cilantro Lime Rice, Foccacia
Where you can get it: Amazon.com, Best Buy, Macy's, JC Penny, Bed Bath & Beyond, $24.99-$29.99
Why I love it: I use three of these baking mats weekly for rolls, cookies and shaped breads. Whatever I bake with the Silpats brown nicely and doesn't stick to the mat. The mats clean easily and store flat inside my 11x17 baking sheets.
Post links: Silpat Baking Mat Review, French Bread Hamburger Buns, Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn, Soft Caramel Crunch Pretzels, Heart Healthy Cookies, Sugar Cookie Bouquet.... and many more!
Where you can get it: Amazon has the best price. Look for a buy 3, get one free special that comes around every so often. $24.95