Kitchen Cooking Utensils – Too Messy to Set Them Down?

Cooking is a great activity to take part in. It is amazing how different ingredients when combined in a certain way can manifest into a final product that is just so tasty. Foods like pasta, steak, tacos, stir-fried vegetables, you name it, there are so many types of food that can be created! Those who have been cooking for a long time have become quite used to the routine and are efficient at it!

But for others, it could be your first time experience with cooking. Perhaps you might be living on your own for the first time. Or maybe you decided to try home cooked meals instead of take-out. Still, it can be quite overwhelming upon entering the world of cooking. Things can burn when cooked too long, you might’ve added too many spices, and all that. Cooking is like a delicate form of art!

After a few attempts, you might start to get the hang of it though. Initially, you might’ve been measuring ingredients with such precision. Now you might be just eyeballing it and adjusting things later if it doesn’t meet your taste expectations. The cooking experience gets better with time though, but you might start to encounter a little obstacle.

What You Might Encounter

As you are gaining experience with cooking, you might be creating multiple dishes at once. In the process, you could be using many kitchen cooking utensils almost simultaneously! But, you only have two hands, and some recipes may require 3 or even 4 kitchen tools! At some point, you will need to set some tools down somewhere to use the other ones!

The question is…WHERE should you set it down? Sometimes, you can place the tool in the same pot that you have been cooking in. It wouldn’t affect anything. Other times, you might not! Maybe the tool you were using was exposed to raw meat. You also know it shouldn’t come into contact with your already cooked foods. Maybe the spatula has greasy residue on it and setting it on the kitchen counter is probably not recommended. Or the ladle still has some soup on it too and is now dripping towards the handle and onto your counter!

Sure, you can clean up the area after each session. Maybe you can even set the cooking utensils in a bowl, but what if you need the bowl later? If each dish has different flavors, putting the kitchen tools in the same bowl might cause the flavors to be mixed! Therefore, you might need a bowl for each utensil! That means extra dishes to do afterwards too! Hopefully you use your dishwasher and not wash by hand!

So, how do you set these cooking utensils down? Without contaminating each other? Without dirtying your counter top? Or even having to do additional dishes afterwards?

Tool You Can Check Out

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If these cooking obstacles sound familiar, you can purchase something like Tomorrow’s Kitchen Silicone Utensil Rest to help you! This tool will indeed help keep your kitchen counter clean. Additionally, it will help you organize your cooking utensils! If any residue or fluid drips from the tools, this utensil rest has raised edges to contain all that in. That means no more dirty counter tops!

The silicone rest tool is heat safe (can tolerate up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the hot temperatures emitting from the utensil and melting the rest tool. When this tool is soiled enough, you can just wash it in your dishwasher too. It is a very simple, yet effective tool!


Cooking can be fun, but can also be a messy experience. Whether a first time cook or have been one for some time, we all need to set our cooking utensils down at some point! Setting it down just anywhere may require additional cleanup.

Why not skip that process by getting yourself a silicone utensil rest! Remove the hassle that cooking can sometimes come with. Happy cooking adventures!

Did you enjoy this article? Do you already own a silicone utensil rest? Please share your thoughts or leave a comment below!

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6 thoughts on “Kitchen Cooking Utensils – Too Messy to Set Them Down?”

  1. Yes, all these kitchen obstacles you mentioned in your post are very familiar to me, LOL. Thank you very much for helping us in this sense. I went over to Amazon and checked the rest tray. I liked it. I was planning to buy a set of knives and I will also buy the tray. Thank you for this post.

  2. What a brilliant idea, and it is made of silicone, so it will be super easy to clean. When my husband cooks he irritates me to no end as he always puts the used utensils straight onto the tabletop, which is granite so not too bad, but I am the one who always has to clean up after him. It would be so much easier if he were to use a device such as this and save me all the wiping down after he is done.

    • Hello Michel! Glad that you liked the idea of the utensil rest. I have a family member who leaves a mess by leaving dirty utensils on the countertop too. I somehow always end up being the one to clean it up. That hasn’t been much of a problem these days with the utensil rest though.

  3. Hi Mike,

    Thank you for your review. I am glad to know that a silicone utensil rest can help make cooking an enjoyable and less messy experience! 

    This will definitely help my wife who is very messy when she cooks. I normally end up cleaning!

    With more people spending time at home during lock-down, cooking is becoming very popular. The topic you selected to write about is perfect and timely. 

    I am looking forward to reading more of your future blog posts.



    • Hello Robin, I am glad to hear that this post was timely for you. People are definitely spending more time at home these days so skills like cooking are becoming quite popular. Tools like this will be of help. I will definitely be writing more life hack blogs in the near future.


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