No matter how small the holiday spread, the mess left over always seems to be overwhelming (and almost unbearable). Who really wants to clean up after enjoying yummy food with your loved ones, anyway? But there are a few kitchen hacks that can help you avoid the mess and allow for more time to be spent making memories. Among them: a drip pad that doubles as a utensil rest.
Designed with four slots that can fit everything from spatulas to soup ladles, the accessory can be kept right next to your stovetop. It keeps utensils perched upright ready for use, and comes with a raised perimeter that keeps any liquids from seeping out.
Shoppers say it makes for a mess-free cooking experience, as opposed to using paper towels or napkins as holders.
“This utensil rest is so much better than what I had been using,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “It has a permanent place on my counter now. It hand washes or goes in the dishwasher. Easy peasy!”
Dishwasher safe, the gadget makes clean-up a breeze. Instead of scraping and scrubbing different stained surfaces, all you have to do is slip it in the dishwasher or run it under water. Just like that, your job is done.
“So useful when cooking multiple dishes,” wrote one shopper. “I’m so glad I tried this style of spoon rest. Typically the ones I’d purchased were made for one large spoon-shaped tool. This is great because I can place multiple tools simultaneously.”
Give yourself a break in the kitchen and cut your cleanup time all at once with this handy device. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
To buy: $11; amazon.com