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    36 Useful Kitchen Products Every Messy Cook Needs

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

    Promising review: "This is so handy! I keep it by the sink and when I'm cleaning off plates, pans, etc., I just scrape it into the bag. Easy to move to another spot where I can throw onion skins, potato peelings, and all the little annoying clutter you get when you chop vegetables." —donna royall

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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

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

    Promising review: "I received one of these as a gift and loved it so much, I ordered another. They really work well for pots of pasta, skillets with frying meat, and I even use them to cover bowls of food in the microwave to stop splatters. I use them several times a week, and they wash up easily in the dishwasher. They are quality-made, and while I was initially concerned about the durability of the center flaps, I haven't had any problems with the durability. Highly recommended!" —LP

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five colors and three sizes). Or, check out a cheaper version.

    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.

    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.

    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 $19.19.

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

    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 $14.97 (available in two colors).

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

    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 three colors). Or you can opt for a more conventional splatter screen.

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

    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 $29.64.

    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.

    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 $34.95. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    9. A ravioli-shaped spoon rest that'll be worth every ~penne~.,

    Real ravioli in the left photo for scale.

    Promising review: "This is a great spoon rest, probably the easiest to clean and the most fun one I have had in my entire life. It is about a four-inch square, and it has a slight depression in the center so even the most unwieldy spoons fall prey to its gentle caress. Buy it, gift it, use it. You will love its functional, quirky, and fun touch in your kitchen — I know I do!" —Gina Mora

    Get it from Amazon for $15.78.

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

    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 $30.99.

    11. A collapsible dish tub for soaking dirty dishes and utensils in until you're ready to wash them.

    The collapsing feature makes it great for small kitchens and camping trips.

    Promising review: "This is a great bucket — silly to be excited by a bucket, but it is really well designed. I use it as a hand-washing dish bucket when my sink is full. It collapses well for storing and when opened, it is really sturdy. Buckets are bulky and take too much space. This will get great use when I camp, etc., in addition to my hand-washing help." —B.C.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.85.

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

    Promising review: "I will never buy a cheap lazy Susan again! What a difference spending a little more makes! This item feels solid, can stand up to the weight of all the bottles I put on it, and glides very smoothly." —Christophe

    Get it on Amazon for $10.63+ (available in four sizes).

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

    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 $9+ (available in six colors).

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

    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 $17.99.

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

    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 $9.39 (available in five utensils).

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

    Promising review: "Have used this numerous times to wash rice. It works great. It's much easier than swishing the rice around and then trying to dump the water without losing some of the rice. With this, I just swish it around and turn it on the side, and the water comes out and the rice stays in. I have also started using this bowl to wash shredded potatoes for making hash browns. It works great." —Spicey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.12.

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

    Promising review: "A very attractive and relatively small appliance which serves as an EXCELLENT processor for many varieties of food for our lunches, snacks, and light dinners. Not messy — contains food well during processing and bowl with good handle is easy to use and pour. Looks great on our granite counters!" —dickb

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in four colors).

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

    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).

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

    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 $22.34.

    20. A 2-in-1 salt and pepper grinder set so you won't have to switch between two shakers.

    You also won't have to worry about accidentally toppling it (there's nothing quite like cleaning up spilled salt) or pouring out too much at once. You can adjust the grinder for different levels of coarseness.

    Promising review: "I love how it's all-in-one. The grinder has caps on both ends so when you're done with one side, you can pop the cap back in and flip it to the other side. It grinds my pink salt to a nice fine salt, not huge chunks." —nichole

    Get it from Amazon for $13.45.

    21. A 3-in-1 avocado tool that'll actually be easy to clean because there are no crevices or loose parts.

    It'll slice your avocado in half, remove the avocado pit, and scoop out the rind. Plus it has no loose parts, so there's nothing to break. Bonus: it's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "It does everything I need an avocado tool to do, is sturdy and easy to clean. I often just pack an avocado and this tool in my lunch bag, along with a little salt shaker — automatic lunch on the run." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.82.

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

    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 $15.99.

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

    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 $9.98.

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

    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 $7.99.

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

    Get it from Anthropologie for $36.

    26. A pack of nonstick oven liners to catch any drips, spills, or crumbs and prevent them from becoming burnt blobs that won't budge no matter how hard you scrub.

    These measure 23" x 16.25".

    Promising review: "I ordered these before Thanksgiving and put them to the test the day before and the day of. My oven was on at least 350 degrees for 12 hours one day and six hours the next. The mat held up perfectly. No wrinkling or buckling due to the heat, no melting, and thanks to the liner, my sweet potato casserole with the butter and pecan and marshmallow topping that bubbled up left no mess in my oven. Once the oven cooled, the baked mess brushed right off, and the mat went right back into the oven!" —Pepperite

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.95.

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

    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 $8.99.

    28. A drip-free oil stopper and pourer so you can always get the perfect amount.

    Promising review: "It's not a hyperbole to say I love this product. I use olive oil on just about all of my meals, and this helps ensure I pour the right amount. Pours in a nice controlled stream so you can use just the amount you want. Although it seems loose and easy to remove, it fits snugly in my 750ml glass bottle of olive oil. I've never had an issue with it falling out or getting clogged. I've owned this for three years and no issues, so it is plenty durable. If you're looking for an oil pourer you won't go wrong with this product." —JFP

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    29. A no-mess citrus juicer that won't leave your hands covered in pulp.

    Promising review: "This juicer was reviewed and recommended by America's Test Kitchen in their product testing, so I thought I'd try it. I am very impressed with the quality and sturdiness of the item. The bowl size is generous, and I was even able to juice a small orange with it. This will be easier, less messy, and much more efficient than my reamer-style juicer! Good product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.72 (available in three styles).

    30. A pot clip (with a flexible opening) to hold up your sauce-covered spoon.

    This lil' gadget is made of stainless steel and silicone that's heat-resistant up to 482°F. It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Simple yet brilliant is how to describe this little tool. Clips to any pot easily and securely and allows you to rest just about any kitchen utensil securely over the pot/dish. Drips simply end up back in the food and not on your counters. Silicone buttons protect against any scratching, so this can be used safely on even the most expensive pots worry free." —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

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

    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 $13.64+ (available in three colors).

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

    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.

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

    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 $14.90+ (available in two colors).

    34. 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.

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

    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).

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

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

    Promising review: "Very neat accessory that every gas burner owner needs to have! Saves me so much time and the trouble of cleaning the spills and splatters, from frying an egg to boiling over pasta water! Highly recommended!" —Hunter

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $11.78. Or, check out another option made of aluminum foil.

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

    Promising review: "I tested this item on several types of surfaces: granite, glass table, stainless steel refrigerator, and hardwood flooring. It did fantastically well in cleaning, and the aroma was just wonderful. I would definitely recommend if you are looking to use a small footprint/natural item for all your cleaning needs. This works like a charm, with good smells to boot." —Consumer57

    Get it from Amazon for $3.88.

    Your kitchen is going to be so clean and tidy!


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