Vegetable peeler from Top 9 Tools for the Super Bowl (Slideshow)

Top 9 Tools for the Super Bowl (Slideshow)

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Vegetable peeler

Grab one of those $3.99 numbers. Until you have a sharp one, peeling will always seem like a prison job.

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Tongs

Grabbing, holding, and pushing are penalties in most sports, but not in the kitchen stadium. Tongs are like handy friends: go for stainless steel with silicone tips.

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Pepper Mill

If you're still using store-bought pre-ground pepper, it's time to man up and grind your own. It's a game-changer.

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Microplane Grater

A versatile, hand-held gizmo used to grate fresh cheese, lemon peel, or nutmeg. Best to avoid your fingers, though, as they leave a distinct aftertaste.

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Whisk

It must be stainless steel. Your sauces should be as smooth as you are, lover boy. Now beat it.

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Instant-Read Thermometer

Why worry about undercooked, salmonella chicken or overdone, dried-out roasts? Just stick this little scorekeeper in your beef or bird and you'll know precisely where you stand between well done and rare.

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Spatula

Seems obvious, right? Try the offset variety, cantilevered from the handle, making it particularly easy to manipulate inside a curved pan. Or splurge on a flexible one if you plan to cook a lot of fish.

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Strainer

Sure, you'll need a colander to drain your pasta, but a small, fine mesh strainer very often comes in handy for more than just cleaning marijuana.

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Blender

Some jobs simply call for a power tool. This is the one you'll want for sauces, soups, dressings, and, most importantly, killer frozen margaritas.

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Top 9 Tools for the Super Bowl (Slideshow)