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    Sep 21, 2019

    36 Useful Kitchen Products Every Messy Cook Needs

    It's time to put a (pot) lid on your kitchen mess.

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    1. A spill stopper to avoid worrying about that pot of pasta boiling over and wreaking havoc on your stovetop.

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    This 11-inch spill stopper is made of silicone that's heat-resistant up to 400°F. It's also microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I was pretty skeptical but thought I would give it a try. I LOVE this spill stopper! I cooked up brown rice and usually have to deal with the pot boiling over at some point. This wonderful invention allowed for me to walk away to take care of a few things before coming back and turning down the heat. I was so happy that there was no spill-over to have to clean up. I would purchase this as a housewarming gift, a hostess gift...what a wonderful invention!" —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $16.80+ (available in three colors. Or, check out a cheaper version.

    2. A hanging garbage bag holder that won't crowd your counter space.

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    Promising review: "I love this product because I'm always chopping vegetables and cutting up meat. I would be making several trips to the trash. Now I'm able to make meal prep quicker, easier, and cleaner! A good way to use up some of those plastic bags from the grocery store, too!" —Ellen Holcomb

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A cutting board with a bottom tray for catching chopped veggies, run-off juices, or scraps. You can also use the tray to marinate meats.

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    It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Works great for keeping meat and its juices from going everywhere when carving. I have a wonderful butcher block cutting board (which I never place raw meat on) and having this handy cutting board keeps the kitchen neat and sanitary. Had a messy experience when carving a chicken that had been prepared in a pressure cooker. Juice everywhere, yuck! When not in use we store our other miscellaneous small cutting boards inside it." —Mrs. M

    Get it from Amazon for $23.13. Or, check out another option!

    4. A rotating utensil holder so you can quickly find and grab the tool you need.

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    Promising review: "I cook a LOT. I had a utensil holder, but it wasn't big enough so it was hard to slide the utensils in — and if it was semi-empty, they were tilting and falling. I threw it away and used a drawer but then was super sick of digging through everything to get what I needed, especially when you have something on the stove and you need it pronto. I ordered this and love it. It rotates so you can spin it around to get what you need really quickly, has three dividers in it (so the utensils aren't falling over every time you pull one out), and is big enough to fit everything. I have maxed it out with all my utensils — I have 16 cooking utensils in it at a time. It also looks really nice and sleek on the counter. I highly recommend this product." —Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A splatter protection wall to keep grease from flying EVERYWHERE.

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    It's made of BPA-free silicone that's heat-resistant up to 450°F. You can throw it in the dishwasher for cleaning and roll it up for compact storage. This size is designed to fit any 10-inch pan, but it also comes in a larger size and a smaller size.

    Promising review: "This is a game-changer for my attitude toward pan-frying foods — especially fish. I no longer worry about oil and juices splattering all over the stove and surrounding floor. It's also very handy to use when sautéing leafy greens, since the 'wall' adds height and keeps the greens from escaping as you stir. We've put it through the dishwasher several times already, and the fact that it folds up makes storage so much easier." —Kathryn A. Riggs

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in four colors). Or you can opt for a more conventional splatter screen.

    6. A pan and pot lid organizer that'll keep your cabinets neat and make everything easily accessible.

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    You can use it upright or on its side.

    Promising review: "I was tired of stacking my frying pans on top of each other and was looking for something to both organize my pans and give me easy access to them. Before this organizer, I would have to unstack several pans in order to get to the middle pan that I needed. Now, I can just reach in and immediately get the frying pan that I need without having to unstack. The quality of this organizer is pretty good." —Linda Roberson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87 (available in two colors).

    7. A three-section skillet for cooking a whole meal with one pan.

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    It's dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 350℉.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic pan! I've used it several times for breakfasts or dinners. Great for one- or two-person meals. Easy one-pan cleanup. Nonstick surface works well." —Romantic Heart

    Get it from Amazon for $32.22.

    8. A cookbook and tablet stand with a splatter shield so 1.) you never lose your page and 2.) you won't get marinara sauce on your iPad.

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    It folds flat for storage.

    Promising review: "Really holds some heavy cookbooks and protects from splashes. I never realized how messy I was 'til I bought this and saw all the 'stuff' I have to wipe off it when I'm done cooking a new recipe. It is really great for keeping your cookbooks free from becoming germ-ridden." —KScott

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    9. A set of stackable refrigerator storage bins to keep all your raw ingredients organized.

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    Promising review: "Before, my fridge looked like a mess you'd find on an episode of Hoarders. Now we're ready for a photo shoot with Martha Stewart! Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but truly — I couldn't get a bottle of salad dressing out before without putting three jars of jelly on the counter, knocking over a bottle of ketchup, and stepping on the dog. Now I just open the fridge, pull out the drawer, and take what I need. The dog never even has time to get underfoot!" —hari sharma

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. A flexible cutting board that can transform into a scoop for easily transferring ingredients into the pot.

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    I have two of these, and they really do make directing ingredients into a pot or pan a lot easier compared to a flat board. It's dishwasher-safe but very easy to hand-wash as well. The pictured mini size measures 12.5" x 6.5", but you can also opt for the small (15" x 8.75") or large (9" x 10.75") size.

    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59+ (available in six colors).

    11. A set of flexible measuring cups for some precise pouring control.

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    Promising review: "Works like a charm. Precise measurements like a lab beaker but without the fragility of glass. I mix everything right in the cup with stick blenders and frothers, too. It's nonstick, super easy to clean, and doesn't stain. I not only use it in the kitchen but also in my lab and bathroom when I'm mixing makeup or bleaching my hair. A silicone spatula and these cups ensure that you never waste a drop and also never cross-contaminate after each wash." —Ray of Light

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $23.11.

    12. A lazy Susan spice rack so you don't have to empty half of the cabinet to find the cumin.

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    Promising review: "These have been a great addition to my kitchen cabinet organization. I use it for spices and condiments and it has been life-changing! It is very durable and spins smoothly. Highly recommend getting one of these if you are looking to tidy up your kitchen." —LilH

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29.

    13. A magnetic fridge rack with a paper towel holder to keep your cleaning supplies within reach.

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    Promising review: "The magnet is super strong. I'm surprised it doesn't slide when I pull a towel off. I put my all-purpose cleaner and wipes in the top part, and it's so handy. Love it!" —Debra Grubbe

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    14. A mini food processor that'll do all the messy prep work for you and isn't an eyesore.

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    It has a three-quart glass bowl and stainless steel blades, which are both dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best food processor I have ever owned, it does an excellent job and is extremely easy to clean. As a bonus, there is no hole over the blade for stuff to slosh through onto the base. However, since the lid doesn't lock down and only sits on top so you can just push down to pulse, you can't really make a smoothie or shake in it. Get a shake maker or blender for that. It does just what it is supposed to as a processor." —William Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    15. An elevated slotted spoon you won't need a rest for (the handle is heavier, so the head is always raised).

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    The nylon tool head is heat-resistant up to 392°F, and it's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "By far my favorite spoon. Drains out all things you don't want, can be used to stir boiling items, sits cleanly on your countertop, great color, and lasts long. I bought a second one last week so I can just throw one in the dishwasher and still have one for the next day." —Karyn HR

    Get it from Amazon for $17.23 (available in five utensils).

    16. A perforated washing bowl so rinsing rice and produce won't be a draining process.

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    This colander bowl is made of BPA-free, food-grade plastic and is top-rack dishwasher–safe. It comes in two sizes — both have drainage holes on the side, but the smaller bowl has a solid bottom whereas the larger bowl has a perforated bottom.

    Promising review: "I bought this for rice washing as nothing else seems to quite do the trick. I used to hate making rice just because the washing process seemed to be tedious and messy, and there are so many other things that I could have done before I was done washing the rice. I now only need one piece of kitchen equipment to clean rice!" —Andromeda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90 (available in two sizes).

    17. A set of stove counter gap covers to keep crumbs (and liquids) from falling into the unreachable abyss.

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    These are heat-resistant up to 446°F so you don't have to worry about them melting while you cook. They're easy to wipe clean but you can also toss them into the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down the space between. Just lay it down very easily, and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean; just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However, it is heat resistant, so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two lengths and three colors).

    18. A cotton apron that'll protect you from inevitable splatters. It's so pretty you'll actually want to wear it.

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    Promising review: "This apron has a beautiful, delicate print. It is of a serviceable weight, has a nice deep pocket, and the ties are more than long enough to be tied in front. In addition to all this, the price is very reasonable compared to many other aprons I have seen that are much thinner and not as nice. I would highly recommend it." —Andyee Dufreyne

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A brush and squeegee combo for swiping spills on the countertop into the sink. You'll save a lot on paper towels.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Saves me so many paper towels, easily washed in the dishwasher, and the small size saves space! Will always have one of these on hand for sure!" —Prime Time Review

    Get it from Amazon for $10.28.

    20. A funnel set so liquids won't spill everywhere as you're transferring some from one container to another.

    Amazon

    This set comes with a 4-oz funnel, a 16-oz funnel, and a strainer.

    Promising review: "Okay, my wife is cracking up that I'm excited about a funnel, but, really, this is a very cool funnel! The continuously sloped surfaces ensure that substances poured through the funnel don't gather and collect at any point, as is often the case with metal funnels in particular. The black stripes down the outside that I initially thought were kind of weird turned out to be a brilliant addition: they're non-skid rubber, so the funnel stays put. Moreover, they're slightly raised, creating a tiny gap between the funnel and the bottle that permits air to escape while you're filling — liquids no longer bubble up while you're trying to pour them into the container. Alright, so it's still just a funnel, but it's a very well designed one." —kvnj

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. A clip-on strainer to keep your food from falling into the sink. Bonus: Your hands won't come close to hot liquids!

    Amazon

    It's made of flexible silicone and designed to fit most pots and pans.

    Promising review: "Gone are the days of pouring into a separate strainer and then having to clean two different things for a simple bowl of cooked pasta. I'm not typically a raving fan of seemingly simple kitchen gadgets, but this handy little helper works exactly as advertised. Made of hearty silicon material, it's flexible enough to snap onto all of my pots, from my small 8" to my largest Dutch oven. Even better, the material doesn't conduct heat so I don't have to worry about burning my hands when pulling it off the pot after it's finished draining boiling hot water. I've even left it clipped onto a pot for a little while before draining the water off, and it shows no sign of melting or marring. This is a fantastic way to shave off a few precious seconds from the process and I'd highly recommend it." —J. Im

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. And a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's multi-surface cleaner that'll leave your counters sparkling clean and your kitchen smelling amazing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I started out in life cleaning with apple cider vinegar or bleach and water. After over 50 years of cleaning, I've used everything from Fabuloso to the newest brand-name multi-surface and organic cleaners.

    Next, I bought this. Never has a surface in my home been so clean, so easily. If I wrote jingles of praise about products, I would do that for Mrs. Meyers. I have a photo frame that was once white, and has been in my family about twenty years. Over time, it discolored, and nothing I've used has ever returned it to white. ONE wipe with this product immediately returned it to white. This stuff is not only perfect, it's easy." —Grumplestiltskin

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    23. A set of silicone pinch bowls for mise en place. They're stackable and shatterproof.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are very nice silicone cups, perfect for holding small quantities of solids (sugar, salt, chocolate chips, etc.). The bowls are firm enough to hold their shape without collapsing but not so rigid that you can't squeeze them to form a spout for controlled pouring. The colors are much brighter than the picture shows, which is nice because it makes the bowls stand out." —Juan Sierra

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    24. A microwave pasta cooker so you can make dinner in minutes. It's one less pot to wash!

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    Promising review: "This product has changed my life! I love not having to pull out a big pot to make pasta or macaroni and cheese for my son! It gets the meal done faster, too, since you don't have to wait for the water to boil before adding the pasta. So much easier to clean. I have been known to just make myself some mac and cheese and eat it straight out of the container. I love having fewer dishes to clean! This is now my go-to wedding present for friends that are getting married!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A non-stick oven liner to catch any drips, spills, or crumbs and prevent them from becoming burnt blobs that won't budge no matter how hard you scrub.

    Amazon

    These are heat-tolerant up to 500 degrees and can be trim to fit any oven. It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I use this in my oven on the bottom rack. It is so easy to pull out and clean. Burnt food just wipes right off." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. Heavy-duty cleaning wipes that'll remove sauce and grease splatters with ease.

    Amazon

    These wipes are non-abrasive so they're safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I have a small kitchen, and everything tends to get an oily, greasy film on it very quickly. I don't have a tile backsplash or a range hood, and my fridge is right next to my stove, so the paint on the wall and the textured fridge get pretty disgusting. The tiniest little oil splatter seems to cover my whole kitchen. When these wipes arrived yesterday, I attacked my kitchen with them. They worked amazingly well! I didn't realize how much grease was really sticking to everything until I saw how disgusting the wipes were getting. Luckily, they're huge, so I was able to cover a lot before a needed a new one.

    I have very sensitive skin, and these didn't dry my hands out at all. I also get severe migraines, which are easily triggered by chemical smells, and these have a nice, lemony scent that didn't trigger me at all. 10 stars!" —Michele West

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.94.

    27. A flat colander for catching all those scraps in the sink. Simply lift up and dump into the trash can. Amazing.

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    It's 100% recyclable, safe to submerge in boiling water, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is a simple design that just makes so much sense. I have always had some kind of mat in the bottom of my sink to keep dishes from clanking around too much, but often times food strands would get looped around and stuck on it, making it a pain to clean up. This colander is soft enough to prevent that clanking of dishes but also solid enough to easily lift up and spray off, allowing food particles to slide right off and into the drain catch (no garbage disposal here). It's also great for rinsing and peeling vegetables, creating a large surface area (your whole sink) for catching flying peels, which you can then slide right into the trash. It seems like a bowl-shaped colander would be just as simple, but this design makes a ton of sense for my work style in the kitchen and does double-duty as a sink mat. A great multi-tasking piece that has eliminated multiple kitchen inconveniences." —loubee

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three colors).

    28. A hand-powered food chopper, because dicing tomatoes can get really sloppy.

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    You can toss it in the dishwasher after using it.

    Promising review: "I use this if I will be doing lots of chopping for salads or dishes that call for cut up vegetables. It is compact, easy to clean, and the size is controlled by how many pulls, so you need to watch if you want larger bites. I love not crying over onions now and don't dread all the prep time, because the chopping goes pretty fast. The blades are sharp, so be careful when cleaning. The blade shank has to be seated properly in the center to work, but it is simple — not much to break, which is another plus!" —DerbyCity

    Get it on Amazon for $15.64+ (available in two colors).

    29. A collapsible multipurpose stand to prop open ziplock bags so you don't accidentally scoop some stew onto the floor. It's also great for holding trash bags to collect scraps.

    Amazon

    Bonus: it's also a bottle rack! Read our review of this multipurpose rack (#1 on the list).

    Promising review: "I looked a long time for a compact garbage container I could set on the counter while I cook. I hook a plastic produce bag over the arms, fill and toss in the trash or use a biodegradable bag for composting. This is amazingly perfect and folds flat, too. I didn't realize it can be used as a bottle dryer and holder to keep zip bags open when filling. Sturdier than expected. Finally, a product that delivers more than expected." —Roxie509

    Get it from Amazon for $17 (available in two colors).

    30. A piggy pot clip (with a flexible opening) that'll hold up your sauce-covered spoon.

    Amazon

    This lil' guy is made of heat-resistant silicone.

    Promising review: "I make broth constantly. I got tired of a greasy/wet spoon circle on my stove or counter. I would balance it in a mug, but it still dripped. This little guy mounts to the side of the pot, and my rather thick-handled ladle slips right in his mouth and balances over the pot. Any dripping goes right back into the pot. He is somewhat malleable, so I have propped him up on the pot rim as well as the handle on the pot. I have only used him with various sized plastic, wood, and bamboo spoons and ladles, but I think stainless would work well, too." —Mimi

    Get it from Amazon for $6.72.

    31. A pack of nonstick gas range protectors for keeping the stovetop clean.

    Amazon

    They're heat-resistant up to 500℉ (but just don't hold them directly over a flame).

    Promising review: "This product has been a huge help with keeping the cooktop splatter-free and clean. Easy to fit over the burners and easy to either clean off with a damp sponge or periodically to remove and wash off with dish detergent, dry, and replace. My constantly splattered black cooktop was driving me insane with the amount of time invested into keeping it clean. These protective covers don't show grease spots as much and are a breeze to clean. Great find and great value for money! I've used them a few weeks now and they are still in great shape." —customer

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $7.99. Or, check out another option made of aluminum foil.

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