This month we've been talking to cooks around the country about their favorite knives, and we've also asked them to share where and how they store them. As you might imagine, magnetic knife strips are a pretty popular solution, but these holders aren't just for knives — they're good for storing so much more, like bench scrapers and metal spatulas (see above).
Here are six ways you can use a magnetic knife rack around the kitchen.
Last year, we all geeked out a little over Regina's brilliant appliance cabinet makeover. To solve the pesky problem of where and how to store food processor blades, she hung a magnetic knife rack in the back of the cabinet, popped the blades on there, and presto! An ingenious idea for keeping blades safe and out of the way of fingers was born.
2. Hang pot lids.
If we're talking about pesky problems in the kitchen, pot-lid storage has got to be near the top of the list. But if you have metal pot lids, this is one of the easiest ways to keep them organized and easily accessible.
It's easy to forget that a magnetic holder can hold, well, anything that's magnetic, including items like stainless steel spoons, ladles, and other utensils. It's also a way to store those items other than in a utensil crock — great if you're trying to free up counter space.
4. Store your Microplane.
We spotted this setup in Eva Katz's kitchen, and had another epiphany: Of course a magnetic strip is the perfect way to store a Microplane, right next to the knives.
5. Hang small items like keys or binder clips with notes or recipes.
We have Better Homes and Gardens to thank for this idea, which uses a magnetic strip on the side of a cabinet as a catch-all for keys, shopping list pads, and notes and recipes (held up by binder clips!).
6. Hang spice jars.
We originally had a spice rack, one of the spinning ones on the counter, which was really convenient (and popular because of its convenience). But the downside is that it takes up counter space. Boo. We decided to install a magnetic knife strip (from IKEA) under the cabinet so Chris can still have his go-tos handy without sacrificing counter space, and it has been working wonderfully.
Do you have clever ways you use a magnetic knife strip around your kitchen? Share your ideas and solutions with us!