If you’ve ever burned a grilled cheese while searching through a cluttered drawer for a spatula, you know the value of a handy utensil holder. It can help you save time while cooking by putting every tool you need within easy reach.
Choosing a Utensil Holder
Keep these three factors in mind when selecting your cooking utensil holder to maximize your countertop storage.
• Size. Consider the number of utensils you need to store and choose a holder big enough to contain all of them. The holder should also be tall and wide enough to store spatulas and whisks upright. Keep height in mind if you plan to store it beneath a cabinet. Use a smaller holder for forks, knives and spoons at the table, indoors or out. Or save countertop space with a hanging utensil holder. It uses hooks or magnets to keep your tools close by but out of the way.
• Shape. Your kitchen utensil holder should be heavy enough so that it won’t topple over when new utensils are added. Choose a sturdy and wide cylindrical utensil crock to hold your heavy slotted spoons and tongs. Heavyweight material, like stainless steel, and an anti-slip coating will help keep it in place. A kitchen utensil organizer or utensil tray with slots for each type of kitchen tool will help keep them organized and easy to find.
• Portability. In addition to having a countertop utensil organizer next to your stove, have one next to the grill. For one that works inside and out, choose a model with a handle or easy-to-grasp surface. Find one in a sturdy, anti-rust material like wood or plastic.
Styles to Consider
Choose utensil holders that match your kitchen decor. Bamboo, shiny metal and wire work well with modern styles. Antiqued metal, crockery and stoneware add a farmhouse flair. Copper utensil holders are on trend and bring warmth to a white kitchen. Or select a classic stainless steel utensil holder to match your appliances. Find matching kitchen utensil sets or a utensil set and holder for the ultimate convenience.