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Saturday, November 16 Living

Round out grilling season with some fresh new tools

You’ve been grilling all summer. For Labor Day or any late-season backyard bash, it’s time to freshen up the occasion with some cool tools to make the job easier.

Or just to show off a little.

Wireless tech

For the grill master of the house, tossing expensive cuts of steak on the flame can be stressful. They can overcook in no time, resulting in ruined New York strips and ribeyes. But an investment in a good meat thermometer could pay for itself. Every grilling expert will tell you this, and yet so many backyard chefs take chances.

The $69 Meater True Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer takes out the guesswork. And it’s especially useful when the grill master is multi-tasking and distracted.

The Meater a little bluetooth device that remains in the meat while it cooks. All the while, it’s communicating with a Meater app on your smart phone.

The cook is alerted when the meat is at the desired temperature.

Between grilling sessions, the Meater recharges in a sleek wooden dock.

Flipping for the Mets

Flip that steak with a statement grill set. The statement is the grill chef’s love for the Yankees, Mets, Huskies, or any other major-league sports team, most major college franchises and any branch of the military.

Logos from the teams or military branches are beautifully etched into the hard maple wood and stainless steel parts.

New to the market is a classic three-piece barbecue set with a heavy-duty spatula, grill fork -- both with built-in bottle openers -- and tongs.

The set looks more expensive than the $49.95 it sells for.

Chop, chop, bend

The salad chef also deserves something new, and an interesting new cutting board is just the thing.

It’s got a natural hardwood surface, but bends like those bendy silicone cutting surfaces, making it easier to dump sliced veggies into the salad bowl. How did they do that?

The wood is durable, but super thin. You’ll need some linseed oil to season it first. Then, it will bend without cracking, backed by the food-grade silicone underneath, which grips the counter top.

It's made in Wisconsin from North Carolina hardwood and easy to wash and store when the food prep work is done. Find it for $29.95 at thegrommet.com.

Lee Steele|Features Editor, Sunday Arts & Style

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