Tools They Use: Aaron DeFeo

Tools They Use takes a look at local food artisans, such as chefs, bakers, brewers, and more, with a simple photo displaying signature items and favorite tools.

Anova Precision Cooker

The precision cooker, also known as an immersion circulator, is used to cook foods sous vide. DeFeo uses it to make syrups, infusions, tinctures and garnishes. This model’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality makes controlling it effortless.

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Cream Whipper

Though the whipper is intended for use making whipped cream, the pressured environment and aeration allows other creative application. DeFeo uses it to create foams for his cocktails.

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Meehan Leather Tool Roll

“This is the Rolls-Royce of tool rolls, but unlike most expensive bar tools, there really isn’t a cheaper alternative that works as well. Just be careful with really sharp knives and ice tools, they will go right through the leather.”

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Arizona Inn – View Menu
Renee’s Organic Oven Pizza
Ghini’s French Cafe – Made With Love 300×250
Boca Tacos Taco Dog
Mama Louisa’s Caprese
Fox – North – Handmade from Scratch

Muddler

“Inexpensive, indestructible, dishwasher safe. There’s enough weight on this for it to be a versatile tool for so many situations. Kudos to Cocktail Kingdom on this one.”

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Farberware Pro2 Fine Zester Grater

“Zesters are mostly the same, but this one produces a fine grain of nutmeg and it comes with a small plastic snapcase that is made for storing one whole nutmeg.”

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Kuhn Rikon 6-Inch Nonstick Colori Chef’s Knife, Black

“You pretty much can’t go wrong with Kuhn Rikon tools. Their peelers are industry standard, while this knife is a durable, sharp all-purpose addition to a bag where you need one knife for everything.”

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Hawthorne Bar Strainer By Modern Mixologist

“My friend and mentor Tony Abou-Ganim makes an incredible line of bar tools that is second to none in quality, feel and functionality. I trust a pro to design my tools and this is really a great all-purpose Hawthorne for both tins and stirring vessels.”

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Japanese-Style Jigger

“This is very similar to most Japanese-style jiggers, but it comes with an additional quarter-ounce measurement, removing the need for a second, smaller jigger. You may have to email them for pricing since it’s a new product.”

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Ice/Chocolate Pick, Ice Chisel

“The two most common ice tools. Indispensable for ice work.”

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AmazonBasics Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display

Precise measurements are crucial when developing recipes and consistently reproducing results.

“An absolute must in the industry these days.”

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The Smoking Gun Handheld Food Smoker

This portable and easy-to-use electronic device can be used to add smoke flavor to syrups and spirits. It can also be used as a finishing touch on cocktails.

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Ermanos 6 for 6

Stainless Steel Citrus Squeezer

“It’s more expensive, but it works much better than those cheap green or yellow painted ones. This will last forever.”

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Stirring Spoons

The trident-like topped spoon is used in Japan for picking up garnishes, but be careful to not forget it’s not a muddler top.

“For everyday use, I love the Modern Mixologist spoons. Great for measuring and easy on the eyes.”

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Property Mixologist Aaron DeFeo at Casino Del Sol (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Property Mixologist Aaron DeFeo at Casino Del Sol (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He enjoys neon-lit dinners and long crab walks on the beach. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com