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    19 Genius Kitchen Products To Help Make Cooking Less Messy

    Because the worst bit of cooking is the cleaning up.

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    1. This ventilated silicone pot cover will help to stop your pasta water from boiling over and spilling onto your hob.

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    It can comfortably fit onto any pots with a diameter of 15-25cm. It's heat-resistant up to 240° C and is microwave and dishwasher safe too!

    Price: £7.96

    2. Cleaning food off of the hob truly is the worst, but these non-stick liners really take the effort out of it. You can cut them perfectly to fit your hob, and when they get dirty just wash them by hand or put them in the dishwasher.

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    These durable, reusable liners are an absolute game changer, and they won't curl or start to smell or burn even with repeated use (but FYI, they will if actually put to the flame).

    Price: £10.99 for 10

    3. Save on extra washing up by using these separators that let you boil different foods in the same pot without them getting all mixed together.

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    Instead of boiling and draining different foods one after the other until your sink is piled with dishes and a lot of time is used up, pop your food in these separators that have a mesh design so that you don't even have to get out a colander to drain them! Because they're all individually removable rather than connected, you can get everything cooked perfectly and cook things for different lengths of time with no trouble.

    Price: £14.55 for three separators

    4. This squeegee will clear leftovers from your plate so you don't have to put in so much elbow grease when it comes to washing the dishes (i.e. not wasting a good portion of your evening trying to scrub bolognese sauce off your plates).

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    This flexible squeegee's curved shape means it's great for using on bowls as well as plates. It's got a comfortable, easy-to-hold grip, and a little hole for you to hang it from when it's not in use. You'll no longer have to deal with fishing bits of food out of the sink, or having it build up over time in your dishwasher and causing clogs.

    Price: £6

    5. Mincing garlic is quick, neat, and easy with this garlic rocker. Rather than crushing it, it's cut into minuscule pieces that preserve the aromatic oils that make garlicky foods so great.

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    Unlike a grater or traditional garlic press, this is really easy to clean (seriously, customers love that about this little gadget). Just rock it back and forth over your garlic cloves and you're done, plus there's no need to faff about with knives either.

    Price: £6.88

    6. This set of chopping boards are flexible so you can bend them and easily tip your ingredients directly into the pot with no hassle or mess.

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    They're colour-coded and have a handy little image on the corner of each one to tell you what they're for chopping, such as chicken, vegetables, fish, and meat among others. These take up a lot less room than a standard wooden chopping board, but are still durable enough to ensure they don't end up with any accidental knife marks and won't get cut through during chopping.

    Price: £12.99 for six

    7. You can hang this bin over the door of your kitchen cupboard and scrape any vegetable peelings and other food waste into it while cooking.

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    This simple-yet-genius bin will save on frequent trips to the compost bin when preparing food, and is sturdier than a carrier bag so none of your trimmings or egg shells will end up on the floor by accident.

    Price: £8.99 for two

    8. Protect your hob and counters from splatters with this splash guard. Just hold it over a hot pan to stop the oil or sauce from spitting out onto your surfaces (or you!)

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    It has a large 29cm diameter so will cover most pans. The lightweight material means you won't get tired or sore from holding it and it has a non-stick coating so that cleaning it is really easy.

    Price: £6.24

    9. Get every last bit of food out of the pan and onto your plate with these silicone spatulas. They're great for baking too as you'll be able to scrape all the batter from out of the bowl.

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    Because they're made of silicone all the way through rather than just on a detachable head, they're easier to clean as no bacteria can grow in the gap between the handle and head like it does with some silicone spatulas. They're heat resistant up to a very hot 250°C, and the soft material won't scratch up the coatings on your non-stick pans.

    Price: £8.99 for five

    10. Chop your food evenly and with no effort using this heavy-duty food chopper, all you have to do is push down the lid and you're done!

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    This is great for making stews and soups as you can use this chopper for all your veg and they'll collect in the generously-sized container at the bottom. You won't need to add a chopping board to your pile of washing up, and it comes with three different blade sizes for whether you want something finely diced or in larger chunks.

    Price: £18.49

    11. These gap covers help to stop crumbs and other bits of cooking mess from getting stuck in the gap between your stove and counters.

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    They're made of a food-grade silicone that can withstand temperatures up to 230℃. They have a "T" shaped underside so that they stay in place and can easily be trimmed to size to cover a shorter gap. Keeping them clean is a lot less hassle than trying to clean between those pesky gaps too – you can hand wash them or put them in the dishwasher.

    Price: £7.99 for two

    12. This clip-on strainer means you won't have to bother with a colander next time you want to drain your pasta. Its nifty size makes it easier to store than a colander too.

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    This will easily fit both small and large pans, and the silicone grip is really sturdy so will firmly stay in place while you tip the water out.

    Price: £8.19

    13. You can cook rice perfectly in the microwave with this steamer, and won't even need to drain it afterwards – just serve it straight from the pot!

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    It can make enough rice to serve four people, and there's a steam-release vent in the lid so you won't end up with any splatters in your microwave while using it. It's got over 4,000(!) reviews with a 4.5-star average rating, and customers say it really does make perfect rice every time.

    Price: £7.48

    14. This pan rack and spoon holder will keep your counters clean and free from dripping water or sauce while you're cooking.

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    It takes up hardly any space and is super easy to assemble (it's only made of two parts). You won't have to deal with condensation from your lids dripping onto your worktops, or even worse, sauce drying onto your counter because your spoon has been resting there.

    Price: £8.99

    15. To get the peskiest crumbs and powdered spices off of your counters, this crumb collector should do the trick.

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    Things like salt, sugar, spices, and toast crumbs may be small but they're surprisingly annoying to properly remove from counters. This tool makes it a breeze, just scrape it across the counter to collect crumbs, tip them into the tube which forms part of the handle, and empty them into the bin!

    Price: £10.67

    16. This reusable microwave bag will make jacket potatoes that taste as crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside as oven-cooked ones!

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    You won't have to deal with the fuss (and rubbish afterwards) of wrapping your potato in foil to bake it, plus you'll get it perfectly cooked in a fraction of the time it would take in the oven!

    Price: £6.96

    17. These reusable oven liners take the hassle out of the (gross and very tedious) chore of cleaning the base of your oven. They'll catch drips and spills and then can be washed by hand with warm soapy water or in the dishwasher.

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    These Teflon liners can be cut to perfectly fit your oven base and are made of a non-stick material that's really easy to clean. If the 4.7-star average rating from over 1,300 reviews is anything to go by, people really love these (a few even say they wish they'd bought them years ago).

    Price: £6.99

    18. This hob scraper will remove that stubborn, burnt-on food from your hobs that no scourer could tackle.

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    Suitable for glass ceramic hobs, this scraper's blade can be retracted when it's not in use so that you can store it safely.

    Price: £6.49

    19. You can trim herbs directly over the pan or roasting tin with these scissors, cutting out (sorry) the need to use a chopping board or ending up with trimmings on your counter.

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    The scissors have five blades for super quick and efficient cutting, and an ergonomic handle to make snipping away comfortable for your hands! A little cleaning brush is included to remove any herbs on the blades, but when you want to properly clean them they're safe to be put in the dishwasher.

    Price: £4.99