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Here’s the scoop: a new ladle to fish out the solids

With its spacious basket-like scoop, the sturdy, heat-resistant straining ladle from Joseph Joseph ($8) is the perfect tool for transferring beans to a food processor, vegetables to a plate, or noodles to the serving bowl. For cooks who like things within easy reach, the ladle has a generous opening on the end of the handle for hanging on a rack. Just raise your arm and start scooping. Available at Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; KitchenWares by Blackstones, 215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237; Tags Hardware, 29 White St., Cambridge, 617-868-7711.