Must-have kitchen gadgets for summer cooking

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX --  Cooking is tough enough in the summertime. After all, who wants to stand in a hot kitchen when it's sweltering outsider?

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we checked out some cool kitchen gadgets that could make summer cooking a little easier.

The gadgets and tools, starting under $20, make it a breeze to cook smarter and eat healthier. Scott Frank, Phoenix Division Chef at US Foods, says the products are all available at the new CHEF'STORE in Tempe.

These tools range from a simple tomato corer to a high-powered food processor and a knife sharpener. Chefs often look for tools that have more than one application and will take their cooking to the next level.

Must-have Gadgets:

-Corer - This tool makes it quick and easy to remove the core of a tomato or strawberry.

-Microplane - Use this gadget for grating cheese or zesting a fruit for a sauce or salad dressing.

-Hand Emulsifier - An emulsifier makes pureeing foods quick and easy and can be used to make salad dressings, soups or sauces."The key is to submerge this and use low power," Frank advises. "Otherwise if you start off on high, you're going to have a huge mess."

-Citrus Juicer - This can be used to get fresh juice out of a variety of fruits while keeping seeds out of the finished product.

-Easy Grip Cutting Board - This easy grip cutting board keeps the cutting surface from slipping and prevents risking injury.

-Staybowlizer - This is an exclusive US Foods product that keeps your bowl in place no matter what you're whipping up, making it easy to prepare sauces or batters without having your bowl in motion. "It will adhere to any kitchen surface," says Frank. "It allows you to suction cup a mixing bowl."

-Food Processor - This item is a little higher cost, but it's a great appliance in which to invest, because you can do so many things with it. From soups and sauces to hash browns, it can save you a lot of time in the kitchen.

-Easy Crank Can Opener - This may be a classic item, but it continues to be a helpful around the kitchen and will help you save time and prevent cuts when opening cans.

-Pasta Strainers - These strainers can be used in a variety of different ways, whether it's rinsing fruits to straining vegetables.

- Knife Sharpener - Keeping your knives sharp is essential to make working in the kitchen faster, easier and safer.

With more than 6,000 pantry staples, fresh food and kitchen tools all at great prices, CHEF'STORE has everything chefs, restaurant owners and community organizations need to keep their kitchens cooking. The Tempe store is located at 3115 S. McClintock Drive. To learn more about CHEF'STORE, visit

Salsa recipe:

-4 medium roma tomatoes (Roasted if possible in oven at 375 for 10 minutes) Dice into smaller ½ inch pieces
-¼ cup yellow onion  (Roasted if possible in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes)  Dice into smaller ½ inch pieces
-½ bunch cilantro cleaned and drained
-1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
-1 tablespoon cumin
-¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
-Jalapeno - ¼ for mild  ½ for spicy  ¾ for hot  1 for very hot
-Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients into food processor and hit pulse until desired consistency is reached.