I like kitchen gadgets. I’ve tried to follow Alton Brown’s adage that kitchen tools need to have more than one purpose but am forced to admit that I own both a grapefruit keeper and a tomato saver (I’m a little obsessed by fruit and vegetable shaped serving items) and they serve little other purpose but to keep cut grapefruits and cut tomatoes in them. It is just hard for me to pass certain things by.
This winter I stopped by our local World Market to pick up some mini-cheese graters as gifts and found this clip on spoon rest to be irresistible. There are already three ceramic spoon rests that rotate through our kitchen stove top, but this one seemed clever. Resting on the side of the pot, the spoon handle rests inside holding the dripping spoon over the pot. After testing it out a few times, its uses and limitations are clear.
- Many dishes that require stirring, also require you to leave the lid on the pot in between stirs so you will still need an external spoon rest for those.
- Wooden spoons tend to absorb steam if left over the pot for a long time, which may shorten their lifespan.
- Metal spoons are going to absorb some heat from the steam, not the most practical spot for them to rest.
- Probably best for silicone or heat proof plastic spoons/spatulas, though its designed for any spoon.
- Fits a variety of sizes of spoon.
What gadgets are you finding useful? Which ones not so much? Feel free to post your comments below.