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    39 Things Every Messy Cook Needs For Their Kitchen

    Let's take the chaos out of cooking.

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    1. A spill stopper so you won't have to worry about that pot of pasta boiling over and wreaking havoc on your stovetop.

    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!" β€”LP

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors and three sizes).

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

    Promising review: "This is a game-changer for my attitude toward pan-frying foods β€” 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 sautΓ©ing 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." β€”Kathryn A. Riggs

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

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

    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." β€”Linda Roberson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in two colors).

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

    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." β€”KB

    Get it from Amazon for $8.85.

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

    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." β€”Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.95 (available in three colors).

    6. 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 β€” 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 β€” 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." β€”Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. 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 β€” not much to break, which is another plus!" β€”DerbyCity

    Get it on Amazon for $18.50 (available in two colors).

    8. A set of cutting board extension bins to keep your chopped vegetables (or scraps) organized. One of them has a colander base.

    Promising review: "I bought these on an impulse after struggling with my limited counter space and preparing a dish with multiple ingredients. In reality, they are a little larger and heavier than I anticipated, but it speaks well of their quality. I find myself using them on a regular basis, especially the bin with the strainer-bottom. It is the perfect size to rinse a small batch of ingredients and keep them handy on the counter without taking up undue space. A quality product!" β€”Kynche

    Get a set of three from The Grommet for $19.95 or from Amazon for $24.97.

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

    Promising review: "I love the size of this food processor. It works well and is easy to clean. It is just the right size for chopping a cup of nuts or onions for cooking without having to get my larger food processor out of the cupboard. I'm glad I bought it." β€”Cathy Landon

    Get it on Amazon for $39.95.

    10. 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!" β€”Debra Grubbe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. 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." β€”Christophe

    Get it on Amazon for $11.11.

    12. A set of flexible cutting boards that can transform into scoops.

    Promising review: "Great for chopping veggies. I love the color coding so we can know which ones are used for meat only. They fold nicely so that you can easily transfer cut food into a pan or container. Best of all, I really like the hole at the corners. I use it to hang them from a hook on the inside of the cabinet. Great, easy access, and doesn't take up extra space in the cabinet." β€”JRS

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. 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.

    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 6 hours the next. The mat held up perfectly. No wrinkling or buckling due to the heat, no melting, and thanks to 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 crisp baked mess brushed right off and the mat went right back into the oven!" β€”Pepperite

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $16.95.

    14. This elevated jar spoon you won't need a rest for (the handle is heavier, so the head is always raised).

    Promising review: "Great on tall jars. Really gets everything off the bottom with no clatter or fear of breaking jars." β€”Grace

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $7.99. If you like this design, you can get a whole set of similar utensils on Amazon for $24.42.

    15. A perforated washing bowl that'll make rinsing rice and produce so much simpler.

    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." β€”Spicey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.05.

    16. An apron to protect you from inevitable splatters. It's so pretty you'll actually want to wear it.

    Promising review: "I REALLY love this apron! It is beautiful! The cotton is lightweight and thin. I use aprons daily for cooking and cleaning and typically prefer heavier cotton, but this is nice for entertaining or light use." β€”Sevgi

    Get it from Anthropologie for $34.

    17. A salt and pepper grinder set so you won't have to switch between two shakers.

    You also won't worry about accidentally toppling it (there's nothing quite like cleaning up spilled salt) or pouring out too much at once.

    Promising review: "It seems silly to be so excited about something so mundane, but I really love this grinder. I use it for cooking and on the table. It's easy to store; I only pull one thing from the cupboard and never have to look for the other shaker. Its design and materials also make it easier to wipe clean. Last but not least, the caps on the ends eliminate the ground remains most grinders leave behind." β€”MJK

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    18. A pack of nonstick gas range protectors to keep the stovetop clean.

    Promising review: "I ordered these for my gas stove to use as protectors under my burner grates. They were easy to trim with scissors and fit the under grate areas perfectly. I like that they are non-stick and can easily be removed and put back before and after for cleaning under them. They are reusable, easy to wash, and can even be put into my dishwasher. They look and feel well-made and that they will last a long time." β€”Nurse_Shannan

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $10.59.

    19. A double-sided chopping board that collects juices and crumbs.

    Promising review: "I will be throwing away two other cutting boards which I have used for cutting things, since those things either slide around on the board or release too many juices and ooze onto my counter. This is wonderful! I first saw it at a relative's house, and she said that she uses it all the time because of its versatility. The sharpish pegs on one side keep our ham, roasts, and chicken in place, and the other side is smooth for cutting anything else. The surface of the board slants to one side, and I had not realized until I bought it that it does the same on the other side. This is great for collecting the juices, crumbs, or sliced and diced things off to one side. There is no downside to this product." β€”J. Bitney

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94 (available in three colors).

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

    Promising review: "I got sick of a large, clunky colander taking up space in my cupboard, so I decided to try this. I'm so glad I did! It bends to fit pretty much any size pan. The clips clamp on super tight, so I've never had to worry about it falling off. This is really easy to clean and takes up very little space. Great little kitchen gadget!" β€”Ashley Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    21. A collapsible mulitpurpose stand that holds plastic bags and also acts as a drying rack.

    Promising review: "Purchased to drain our stainless steel water bottles, then my husband discovered it works on his home-brew beer bottles, too. This has opened up endless possibilities for this wonderful kitchen tool! Baby bottles, wine bottles, miscellaneous lids, plastic bags, etc. Love the fact that the Eco Stand can collapse for flat storage. Well-constructed, rubber gripper on bottom β€” such a great product, we bought a second!" β€”V & J

    Get it from Amazon for $17+.

    22. An adjustable oil pourer so you always get the perfect amount.

    It features a patented dripless mechanism that prevents spills.

    Promising review: "I bought these for myself and I love them. I cook with olive oil and use it on salads. These make it very easy to get just the right amount needed." β€”Joni

    Get it from Uncommongoods for $9.99.

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

    Promising review: "Great value at $20, especially if you use often. Solid metal construction that feels 'right' when using. By setting the juicer on the countertop, you can use your body weight to squeeze (instead of finger strength).

    It works great! All of the juice is extracted β€” only a dry, empty rind remains. The pour spout directs juice, and the bowl 'basket' holds seeds apart from juice. Dishwasher safe. I expect this juicer to work well for a long, long time." β€”G007

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

    24. 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." β€”Ray of Light

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $22.34.

    25. A 3-in-1 avocado tool that's actually easy to clean.

    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.

    Promising review: "These are great, because they do what's needed with EASY clean-up! Other slicers are messy to clean up. Great tool!" β€”Trevor

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99.

    26. A cookbook and tablet stand so you never lose your page.

    This lightweight book stand folds away for storage. Since it's plastic, you can simply wipe it off if you ever get food on it.

    Promising review: "When folded, it fits right in with my cookbooks like another book. Very generous sizing that works with most cookbooks, large or small. Surprisingly sturdy β€” I have used it with some of my large-sized cookbooks and it holds up just fine. I also use an iPad for recipes and that fits into this bookstand as well, and because of the opening at the bottom, I can even set it on the bookstand while charging. This has made it so much easier to follow my recipes β€” easier to read them and it keeps them away from my mess while cooking." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    27. 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 β€” 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!" β€”hari sharma

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $28.38.

    28. A ravioli-shaped spoon rest that's worth every ~penne~.

    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 4-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 β€” I know I do!" β€”Gina Mora

    Get it from Amazon for $12.96.

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

    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 β€” 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." β€”kvnj

    Get a set of two funnels and one strainer from Amazon for $7.99.

    30. A flat colander to catch all those scraps in the sink. Simply lift up and dump into the trash can. Amazing.

    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." β€”loubee

    Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in three colors).

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

    Their flexible rims let you create a spout for controlling pouring.

    Get a set of four from the Container Store for $9.99.

    32. A hanging garbage bag holder that doesn'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." β€”donna royall

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    33. A collapsible dish tub to soak 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 β€” 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." β€”B.C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86.

    34. A slim knife stand that provides a clear view.

    Promising review: "I really love this knife block! While I don't have to worry about overhanging cabinets, I am limited in space in the kitchen I'm in, and this block fits the bill nicely. It's slim and well-balanced. I keep up to 15 knives in this thing. Anything from 3" paring knives to my main 10" chef knives (I have three). While my 10" knife tips do rest on the bottom with a small portion of the blade exposed, I've had zero problems with accidental cuts merely by turning the knife towards the wall, and the clear design of this block makes sure that is not a problem. It's super easy to clean, too. Just remove the accordion top piece, run it through the dishwasher, then air dry. Wipe the base and clear frame with a soft cloth. Easy-peasy. Not too many acrylic blocks could stand up in my kitchen but this one does it in spades. If you are looking for a space-saving, tough, affordable block that holds plenty of blades, look no further. This is the one." β€”alan leatherwood

    Get it from Amazon for $33.29.

    35. A sectioned pan so you can cook a whole meal with one pan.

    It's nonstick and dishwasher safe, so clean-up will be a breeze.

    Get it from Apollo Box for $49.99.

    36. A silicone bread maker for a quick and mess-free baking process.

    You can use it the oven AND the microwave.

    Promising review: "Easy-to-use one-dish bread maker. I enjoy this product and use it regularly to make my own no-knead bread." β€”Katie

    Get it from The Grommet for $20.

    37. A refillable basting bulb and brush that's easy to use and comes apart for cleaning in the dishwasher.

    The bulb snaps open so you can fill it with sauces or whatever you like. It also comes with an interchangeable pinpoint tip.

    Promising review: "If you have ever tried to clean a greasy baster with one of those long brushes β€” forget about it! This pops right in the dishwasher and comes out clean. Plus the fact that the bulb is attached β€” I can't think of how many times I've found the darn bulb of my old baster at the bottom of the dishwasher filled with whatever. Works great and a great value. I would definitely recommend to friend." β€”Squarebiz

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

    38. 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!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome for cleaning. It does a very good job. I use it almost everywhere in my kitchen: the counters, the cabinets, spills, you name it. One of my favorite little tricks with this product is to use it on my counters shortly before guests are coming over. It puts a wonderful, clean scent in the open living/dining area. Everything smells fresh and I know my counters are ready for whatever food we will be preparing or setting out. Try this product. It's great!" β€”Sandi M75

    Get it from Amazon for $3.39.

    Enjoy a mess-free cooking experience!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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