As much fun as preparing a meal may be, no one wants the mess that follows. Even the most intimate of dinner parties can be ruined if there's sauce splattered all over the stove and walls — or our clothes.
Splatters and splashes happen, whether frying some chicken or simmering a sauce. They're a reality in a busy kitchen. But while soups and sauces can be messy, something like splattering grease can burn as easily as it stains.
These Kuhn Rikon silicone splatter guards keep those accidental splatters contained. Popping pasta sauce threatening your white shirt or clean counters? Top your saucepan with this silicone splatter guard, and it'll contain all the burbles and burps — and it won't get hot from contact with the pan.
The splatter guard even comes in a handy foldable version that lets you flip the cover open on one side to check on the dish as you're stirring or simmering. This can help contain moisture buildup so it stays in your pan and not on your stove.
Beyond just preventing messes, these guards are also super helpful when the time comes to start draining the grease or gravy from the pan you are cooking with. You can use them to hold food in the pan while any excess liquid or grease drains away.
Buy it: Kuhn Rikon Foldable Splatter Guard, $22-29; amazon.com
These splatter guards are sized to fit skillets and pots up to 12 inches or 30 centimeters in diameter. For easy grabbing, each guard has close-fitting handles. Many others use long handles that can easily get snagged in cabinets.
It's also easy — and safe! — to throw these silicone items in the dishwasher so you don't have to worry about trying to clean all the bits of food and grease off them. But the non-stick nature of silicone means you can also just give it a quick rinse and wipe with a towel, and it's ready for your next meal.
And if all of that wasn't enough, the guards are both microwave and oven-safe — because no one wants a splatter in their oven, either. They're safe up to 445 degrees F, so you may want to skip broiling, but finishing off a one-dish dinner in the oven is no worry.
"I wanted a splatter screen that would work better on my cast iron pans (mostly for frying). This worked well," shared one Amazon reviewer.
Another was excited about how easy it was to clean and store. "The short handles make storage less of a problem than those with a long handle. A quick wipe with a paper towel after use and it's ready to put away," they wrote.
The best kitchen appliances and tools can do several jobs at once, and the manufacturer says due to the shape and size of these splatter guards, they could also double as a baking sheet for cookies or pizza.
Buy it: $18; amazon.com