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Indispensable Kitchen Utensils

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2009

We cleared out the clutter to identify 10 tools and gadgets you can't cook without.

1. Best Manufacturers 12-Inch Standard French Whisk

Price: $9.49 Our favorite all-purpose French whisk is long and agile, with tines that don't bend and twist with prolonged use.

2. Fante's French Rolling Pin with Tapered Ends

Price: $6.99 This long, thin, tapered rolling pin is gentler on delicate dough than standard rolling pins.

3. Rubbermaid 13 1/2-Inch Commercial High Heat Scraper

Price: $18.99 Not your grandmother's spatula. Besides scraping bowls and icing cakes, this heatproof spatula made of silicone can also stir sauces on the stove.

4. Oxo Good Grips Box Grater

Price: $14.95 Razor-sharp grates and a collecting cup make this model a standout.

5. Oxo Good Grips 12-Inch Locking Tongs

Price: $10.39 The scalloped edges on these tongs get a better grip on food.

6. Kuhn Rikon Easy-Squeeze Garlic Press

Price: $20.00 This press boasts easy-to-squeeze plastic handles and an efficient plunger.

7. Messermeister Pro-Touch Swivel Peeler

Price: $5.95 The blade on this peeler is extremely share and maneuverable enough to glide across the curves of potatoes, apples, and carrots.

8. Architec The Gripper Nonslip Cutting Board

Price: $14.99 We like this dishwasher-safe board for its durable surface and skid-free bottom.

9. Endurance 5-Quart Pierced Colander

Price: $29.99

Hundreds of tiny holes allow water to drain quickly without losing so much as a pea.