With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away — how did that happen? — you may have turkey on the brain. Plus stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and don't forget the pie. And once the feast is over, there will be a mountain of dishes — which would be so much easier to handle if you lived in Finland (or just stole this smart idea).
What Is a Finnish dish-drying cabinet?
I'm talking about Finnish dish-drying cabinets, or Astiankuivauskaappi as they are charmingly (or unpronounceably) called.
The idea is just as charmingly simple: The shelves above the kitchen sink are made of wire or dowels instead of being solid. This allows your dishes to drip dry — sometimes right into the sink, or other times into trays or drawers to catch the drips.
Pretty clever, right? Especially if you don't have a dishwasher.
Side note: As it turns out, the first dish-drying cabinet was patented in the U.S., not Finland, but the idea never caught on. In Finland, basically every home has one, according to to the podcast 99% Invisible.
Of course, if you don't have shelving over your sink (and have, say, a window for watching your kids play in the backyard), this solution might not be right for you (although there are under-the-counter options, too).
But if you do have shelving over your sink and you don't have a dishwasher and you live in a small kitchen, well, you may want to start practicing your Finnish pronunciation.
Read more: "Astiankuivauskaappi" is the Finnish Kitchen Staple You'll Wish You Had at Home at Apartment Therapy
We're also fans of the IKEA GRUNDTAL Dish Drainer ($28 at IKEA), which takes inspiration from the dish-drying cabinet without necessitating a complete cabinet overhaul.
What do you think? Is this the dish-drying idea that will save Thanksgiving?