Resourceful chefs find exceptional kitchen tools in unorthodox places (like hardware stores) and unlikely shapes (including a peeler shaped like a monkey).
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Andrew Carmellini, of Locanda Verde restaurant in NYC’s Greenwich Hotel, uses his Oxo stainless steel potato masher to crush tomatoes as they simmer. “I call it ‘grandma’ because it gives a homey feeling to tomato sauces,” he explains. Buy It Here.

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