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Can we talk about under-appreciated kitchenware for a moment? I'm talking about those kitchen accessories that make everyday life so much easier for the home cook but never get the same credit as say, that hip Le Creuset cast iron cookware that only gets used on special occasions. For every dish cooked, there's a mess to be cleaned. Why don't we ever celebrate the things that keep the kitchen tidy, like tablecloths! How about the spoon rest?
Kitchen gadgets and cooking utensils are always the stars of the show, but it's those kitchen tools like the spoon rest that do the heavy-duty lifting behind the scenes. The spoon rest keeps the kitchen clean. With a trusty spoon tray, you won't have crusted countertops or sauces spread across stovetops any longer.
Only a clean kitchen to cook in. Here's to the spoon rest.
Best Spoon Rests
Best Ceramic Option
1. DOWAN Spoon Rest for Kitchen Counter, 7.36" Large Spoon Holder for Stove Top, Ceramic Spoon Rest, Porcelain Ladle Rest, Cute Kitchen Spoon Rest and Accessories, Modern Farmhouse Decor, Turquoise
A spoon rest can be used for anything: to hold a tiny coffee spoon used to stir in cream or a wooden spoon dripping in pasta sauce. If you get one that's as attractive as these from Dowan, a spoon dish can even be a part of your kitchen decor.
Crafters of well-made stoneware spoon rests (and other ceramics), Dowan has been making dining table dinnerware since the 90s. The company's intricate and stylish designs cover more than just a tray for your cooking spoon, but that is as good a place to start as any.
Best Under $8
2. Silicone Spoon Rest with Drip Pad for Multiple Utensils, Heat-Resistant, BPA-Free Utensil Rest & Spoon Holder for Stove Top, Counter Top, Kitchen Utensil Holder for Spoons, Ladles, Tongs & More - by Zulay
This utensil holder from Zulay has an astounding 17,000+ reviews, making it an Amazon bestseller. The nonslip silicone stays in place, so you won't ever have to leave your dirty cutlery on the counter again.
If you think the straight-up, slotted design is the best part of this utensil pad, then wait till you hear this: The food-grade silicone is dishwasher safe. That's right, all the mess that would've been splattered over your countertops can now get tossed right into the machine. Can your favorite cookware clean itself like that?
Best Stainless Steel Option
OXO is always ahead of the game. Not only is this unit a stainless steel spoon tray for flatware and cooking utensils, but it also holds pot lids! Raise your hand if you're tired of swinging your lids around like a frisbee every time you need to taste the soup.
This one comes down to good design. Chances are that if you need a ladle holder, you're going to need a pot lid holder as well. The one thing I have to mention is that although this is the perfect size for counters and tabletops, it's a small spoon holder as far as the tray size goes. I guess that's a fair trade-off.
Amazon has tons of other spoon holders for sale and in all kinds of different materials too. There are marble spoon rests, rough stoneware options, and some that look like funky pieces of wall art. Has this mundane kitchen tool has been getting its dues all along?