Prep Tools

These gadgets will encourage the chef in your life to keep on cooking.

Our Favorite Cooking Prep Tools

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Our Favorite Cooking Prep Tools

Put a little pep in your prep with these gadgets that will make preparing the meal (almost) the best part.

End Grain Circle Chopping Block

End Grain Circle Chopping Block

It's a green chocie that's tough as well: With this sustainably forested 12-inch teak board, you get a hard-working, long-wearing surface that is beautifully patterned.

Price: $60

Shop: Proteak

Norpro Grip-EZ Silicone Knockdown Colander

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Norpro Grip-EZ Silicone Knockdown Colander

Silicone sides allow the Norpro Knockdown colander to fold down for convenient storage.

Price: $25

Shop: Pronto Home

Perfect Portions Food Scale

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Perfect Portions Food Scale

It weighs ingredients and calculates nutrition in an easy-to-read format. Programmable for custom foods, too. A compact, handsome tool for anyone on a restricted diet.

Price: $60

Shop: Perfect Portions

Pier 1 Imports Metal Colanders

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Pier 1 Imports Metal Colanders

Bigger-than-usual holes mean faster draining for your farmers’ market bounty.

Price: $16-$18

Shop: Pier 1 Imports

Divine Twine

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Divine Twine

Tie it up real pretty with Divine Twine. What all the best-dressed chickens will be wearing this season.

Price: $15/240-yard spool

Shop: Divine Twine

Chef'n VeggieSteam

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Chef'n VeggieSteam

This flexible insert fits almost any pot, and silicone handles make it easier and safer to remove. Available in two sizes and colors.

Price: $12-$20

Shop: Cooking.com

iSi Basics Silicone Standing Baster with Brush

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iSi Basics Silicone Standing Baster with Brush

No more dribbling with iSi's dual-duty kitchen gadget.

Price: $10

Shop: Amazon.com

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