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Tools for serious cooks

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VERSATILE: Steaming fish is now possible thanks to the basket’s detachable handle. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
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FLEXIBLE: A new silicone tool does triple duty, as trivet, potholder and jar opener. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
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THIRSTY: The center layer of the silicone pastry brush has bristles that are cut to catch and transfer liquids. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
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GAUGE: Inside markings let you measure without raising the cup to eye level. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
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TENACIOUS: The poultry shears have a micro-serrated blade tip to grab slippery skin or meat. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
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SIZING THEM UP: The Oxo team scrutinizes two new salad spinner models, in clear plastic, left, and with stainless steel serving bowl, for the upcoming housewares show. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)
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A CONTAINER TOO: The daikon grater, gentle on the hands, was developed for the Japanese market but has crossed over into universal use. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)
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