...Oh my! These nifty tools will make what is sometimes the most tedious task (almost) enjoyable.
November 10, 2010
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Our Favorite Graters, Grinders, and Peelers
Our editors scoured the shelves to bring you the best graters, grinders, and peelers around. Here are their top picks.
2 of 12Photo: Randy Mayor
Henrik Salt-Pepper Mill
Taken from the archives of Dansk International straight to the shelves of Crate and Barrel is the Herik Salt-Pepper Mill. Form and function work hand-in-hand to give a interesting look and high quality grind. Not to mention, it's made of eco-friendly acacia wood too.
The dreaded kitchen gadget drawer has claimed one too many small and hard to find tools. What is a home-chef to do? Progressive International has solved the problem with their Magnetic Peeler Set featuring plain, serrated and y-shaped julienne options.
When it comes to flavor, nothing beats the punch of fresh ground spices. Unfortunately, sometimes the time and effort for fresh taste is just too great. Things just got a whole lot easier—and less messy, too—with the Tulip Spice Grinder. With an adjustable grinding mechanism that ranges from fine to coarse and an easy to hold design, fresh flavors will soon be center stage in all your recipes.
Measure while you grate. A concept leaving many a kitchen tool thinking, why didn’t I think of that? Gone are the days of shredding mercilessly only to find a quarter of the amount was needed to get the job done. This sturdy and accurate grater is a must-have in every kitchen.
Don’t mess with a classic, unless you upgrade it—which is exactly what Microplane did with their Classic Zester/Grater. Outfitted with colorful, soft-grip handles and non-scratch end tabs this tool will be hard-pressed for a rival.
Spice things up with Trudeau’s Barcelona pepper mill in a vibrant red finish. The company promises its carbon steel grinder will stay sharp for many years to come, leaving no need to worry things will get dull.
There is a reason the PepperMate is the grinder of choice for a number of television’s favorite cooking personalities. Made of durable ceramic and adjustable to fit all of your grinding needs—from peppercorns to coffee beans—you will be cooking like the pros in no time.
Don’t look at that pile of potatoes with misery any longer. Microplane’s Easy Prep Straight Peeler will make prep just that, easy! The stubby, oblong shape is comfortable in-hand and the sharp stainless steel blade promises to cut through the skin of even the toughest roots.
Handheld graters are easy to use and store, but, as any cooking connoisseur knows—grating needs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether a recipe calls for coarse, fine, or ribbon grating, this grater set has covered all the bases. What about the nutmeg? Fret not, an additional attachment (ideal for small items) is included in the set.