These Are the Summer Kitchen Gadgets Chefs Can't Live Without
We're well into July, which means you've likely come close to perfecting those grilled veggie skewers, refreshing cocktails, and delicious fruit pies—but it's never too late to try your hand at a new technique or tool. To help you make the most of warm-weather cooking and entertaining, we've tapped a few chefs from across the country to answer the question, “What's your must-have kitchen gadget this summer?" Read on below for their answers.
Mortar and Pestle
"I like to go old school—primitive style before there was school—with a mortar and pestle. It is amazingly versatile. From salsa verde to pesto or marinades, the flavors you develop with it cannot be replicated with any food processor."—Antonio Mora, chef at Quality Meats in New York
"I've been taking advantage of the longer days (and great weather) and getting up early to eat breakfast on my back porch, so an egg topper has become an indispensable tool to enjoy soft boiled eggs. This device makes a clean cut, and professionally, I've been baking flan in cut, cleaned shells for events, which makes a beautiful presentation."—Bruce Kalman, chef at Union and Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market
"I love the Joule sous-vide stick. You can set it in a pot and sous-vide outside while grilling. Their iPhone app is great because it takes the guess work out."—Dimitri Moshovitis, chef at Cava Mezze in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and Cava Grill in D.C., Los Angeles, Maryland, and New York