5 must-have kitchen tools for fall

Make apple pie like a pro

The holidays will be tastier with these tools.
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1. Spiralizer Apple Peeler ($18)

This countertop contraption "makes slicing, coring, and peeling apples a simple proposition," says Stephanie Geglio at TheSmartConsumer.com. Built of cast steel, the peeler is "amazingly sturdy," and the winding rod and stainless steel blades clean up easily. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Baker's Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish ($36)

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This pie dish outperforms alternatives priced twice as high. Crusts brown evenly and release easily, the fluted edge adds style, and the sides are deep enough to handle any pie you might try. Plus, "it looks good on the table," says Marguerite Preston at TheSweethome.com. Buy it at Amazon.

3. Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven ($60)

"You could spend a lot more" on an enameled cast-iron pot, says Ray Aguilera at TheSweethome.com, but the durable, well-designed Lodge "cooks stews just as well as Dutch ovens selling for four times the price." Details like its sloped sides and big handles set it apart. Buy it at Amazon.

4. Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System ($130)

This countertop cooker "has it all," Every Day with Rachael Ray reports: It's got a slow-cooker function, a stovetop setting that lets you sauté or sear with ease, and even an oven setting, allowing you to roast at temperatures up to 425 degrees. Buy it at Amazon.

5. SilPat Perfect Cookie Baking Sheet ($19)

Up your cookie game this fall with a fiberglass and silicone baking sheet. Bakers have sworn by them for 50 years, because they prevent burning and sticking and the cookies come out perfectly round every time. Buy it at Amazon.

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