Add fresh flavor to summertime meals with cool kitchen tools. Zoku’s Slow-Pop Mini Pop Molds let you prepare nine Mini Pops in your freezer, the old-fashioned way. Perfectly sized for kids or portion-controlled treats for adults, they can be easily made by pouring juice, chocolate, flavored yogurt and more into molds and then freezing. Includes 9 reusable sticks with built-in drip guards. ZokuHome.com, $16.99.
Enjoy the taste of the tropics with fresh pineapple sliced with the Pineapple Knife Colori from Kuhn Rikon. The sturdy, serrated nonstick Japanese carbon steel blade slices with ease, while a pineapple cutout design on the blade helps prevent sticking. Use when preparing refreshing pineapple salsa or a garnish for pina coladas. Amazon.com, $25.
For grilled steaks, chicken or fish, the CDN ProAccurateFolding Thermocouple Thermometer (TCT572) provides accurate temperature measurements and 3-second response. Waterproof and shatterproof, it features a slim 1.5 mm tip, backlighting for low light conditions, and temperature guide. White, Black, Yellow, Red or Green. Kitchenkapers.com, $79.99.
Adorned with bright colors and white polka dots or stripes, the Welcome Home Brands Festive collection of paper bakeware adds a fun flair to strawberry shortcake, angel food cake and other summertime desserts. An alternative to metal bakeware, the disposable paper pans are convenient to use: simply pour in the batter, bake and serve. Available in a 12-piece Mini Loaf Baking Pan Set or a 6-Piece Rectangular Loaf Baking Pan Set. Amazon.com, $9.99.
Freshly ground ingredients enhance the taste of any summertime recipe. Perfect for making fresh guacamole, pesto for pasta salads, or grinding dry spices for seasoning steaks, the new Mortars & Pestles from Cilio by Frieling can grind whole spices and herbs quickly and easily, releasing their full flavor and essential oils. Made from a solid piece of granite or marble. Frieling.com, $22.50 to $59.95.
Enjoy the great outdoors while preparing dinner with the portable NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC). This eco-friendly and energy-efficient countertop appliance provides fast, healthy and even cooking virtually anywhere with an outlet, from along side the grill to a campsite. Set precise temperature settings in 10-degree increments, or take advantage of pre-set programming settings from Low to Sear. Nuwavepic.com, $119.95, plus shipping and processing.