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My 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the tools I use in my cooking. What’s an olive oil mister? How can I cut potato slices thin for chips? Since I’m a little bit of a kitchen tool nerd, I thought I’d share some of the tools I use most often for my recipes on Oh My Veggies and why I love them. (And full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links.)

10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

Corn Zipper

Why I Love It: If you don’t have a corn zipper, you are missing out. Knives leave so much of the kernel on the cob. The corn zipper gets the whole thing off.
Used In: Fresh Corn, Poblano and Cheddar Pizza
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper, $11.99 from

Oil Mister

Why I Love It: I’m sure you’ve noticed that many of my recipes call for cooking spray or oil from a mister. I love my mister! We used to go through so many cans of cooking spray before I bought it. Seriously, every kitchen needs an oil mister.
Used In: Easy Roasted Broccoli
Buy It: Misto Olive Oil Sprayer, $9.98 from

Safety Can Opener

Why I Love It: This can opener is the best thing ever. No, it’s not a fancy electric one, but it takes the lid of the can clean off the top. No sharp edges! No gross lids falling into the can! Best invention ever.
Used In: Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Slim Safety Lid Lifter, $13.99 from

Microplane Zester

Why I Love It: A good microplane zester should be a staple in every kitchen. Before I got this, I was using a box grater–this is far, far superior.
Used In: Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes
Buy It: Microplane Rasp Grater/Zester, $13.36 from

Tofu Press

Why I Love It: This is a little bit pricey, but if you use tofu a lot, it’s worth it. No more going through half a roll of paper towels to press your tofu–this little gadget will get the liquid out without all that hassle. You can also use it to squeeze the liquid from spinach!
Used In: Thai Red Curry with Asparagus and Tofu
Buy It: Tofu Xpress, $39.95 from

Canning Jars

Why I Love It: People ask me about the jars I use all the time. They’re adorable, right? They’re Weck Canning Jars and I buy them at Crate & Barrel. I love them for storing simple syrups, caramelized onions, and for preparing my overnight oatmeal.
Used In: Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal

Mini Skillet

Why I Love It: Baby skillet! Not only is it adorable, but it’s perfect for toasting small amount of nuts or seeds and frying sage leaves.
Used In: Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves
Buy It: Lodge Mini Skillet, $9.65 from

Mandoline Slicer

Why I Love It: Three words: homemade potato chips.
Used In: Baked Sriracha Potato Chips
Buy It: DeBuyer Kobra Slicer, $54.24 from

Baking Mat

Why I Love It: If you’re making cookies, galettes, or other baked goods, you can use a Silpat instead of greasing your baking sheet or lining it with parchment paper. Nothing sticks to it and clean up is oh-so-easy.
Used In: Honey & Nectarine Galette
Buy It: Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, $19.83 from

Garlic Press

Why I Love It: I honestly think I use my garlic press almost everyday. I went through many, many cheap ones before I spent the money on a more expensive one. It was worth every penny, believe me!
Used In: Mediterranean-Style Rotini with Toasted Garlic Panko
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press, $38.99 from

Now you know some of my favorite kitchen tools–I’d love to know what tools you use most in your cooking!

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  • Reply
    Shell Fruscione
    July 15, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for the list! I definitely need to check out the garlic press & olive oil sprayer at minimum! I SWEAR by my mandoline slicer- love using it for tomato slices for sandwiches!

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      July 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Yes, the mandoline is great for tomatoes–when I use a knife, it always ends up getting all smashed. (Maybe I need sharper knives?!)

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      Brandi Ann
      April 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I have the Misto olive oil sprayer and I LOVE it! It’s fabulous and it doesn’t make any mess!

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    July 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I need to get a corn zipper, that looks useful!

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    July 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I have that exact same skillet and I NEVER use it. It is seasoned and just sitting. All lonely.

    • Reply
      July 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Well, you need to start using it. It’s wee and adorable! Don’t let it be lonely!

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    Kitchen Ninja
    July 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I am in the market for a new can opener — consider me sold on on that one! Thanks. Corn zipper-wise, I prefer the OXO one because it captures all the corn in its little pouch … like a kanagroo. 😉

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      July 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

      That can opener will change your life. Yes, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Or really, any can opener that opens from the side like that. I used to always cut my fingers on can lids, but no more!

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    July 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I need a corn zipper… Love corn but hate eating it off the cob. LOL

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      July 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I’ll eat it on the cob, but I prefer taking it off. It’s less messy!

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