Chefs' 50 Favorite Kitchen Tools

The country's best chefs tell Food Network Magazine what they can't live without.

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1. Panini Press
Panini press but not for Panini—for game hens and more.
Alton Brown
Food Network Star

2. Immersion Blender
"It's great for emulsifying anything, like vinaigrettes, sauces and purees."
Kyle Bailey
Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.

3. Dehydrator
"After overbuying at the farmers' market, I use a dehydrator to make amazing snacks: dried apples, pears, plums, mangoes, even turkey jerky for the dogs."
Susan Feniger
Border Grill, Los Angeles

4. Spatula
My favorite is and will always be my grandmother’s spatula because holding her spatula is like holding her hand!
Paula Deen
Paula’s Best Dishes

5. Salad Spinner
"Buy whole-leaf lettuce: It's cheaper, yields more and tends to be better and fresher. Take a little extra time to wash it, and make drying it easy on yourself."
Michael Schwartz
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

6. Bamboo Steamer
"It's an elegant tool for cooking fish and vegetables to perfection."
Tom Douglas
Dahlia Lounge, Seattle

7. Knuckle Pounder
"It makes smashing garlic and tenderizing meat so much fun—in an aggressive, beat-down kind of way."
Nadia G
Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen

8. Peeler
"I use my Kuhn Rikon peeler for anything and everything I peel or shave at home. I couldn't easily live without it."
Bruce Sherman
North Pond, Chicago

9. Champagne Stopper
"Sometimes you just can't finish the bottle, and this will keep it fresh for the next day."
Missy Robbins
A Voce, New York City

10. Onion Goggles
Masaharu Morimoto
Iron Chef America