The Game-Changing $16 Find That’ll Keep Your Counters Spotless While You Meal Prep

published Jan 10, 2024
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It’s no secret that meal prep can be a little time-consuming, even if you’ve been doing it for years. On top of coming up with a plan for the week ahead, it can take up hours of your weekend once you finally get started. That’s why, in addition to doing your research on the best kind of meal prep recipes, having time-saving gadgets and efficient tools on hand is of utmost importance. You’ve come to the right place if you’ve been wanting to up your meal prepping game: My Kitchn teammates and I are always sharing our favorite tools. (Just recently, I wrote about Beast’s new workhorse of a mini blender, but I digress.)

While items like blenders, knives, and food storage containers should certainly be high on your meal prep essentials list, I discovered another ingenious item that should be right up there with them. QVC is offering two of Henning Lee’s collapsible waste bins for only $16, and if you didn’t know that you needed these before, once I give you all of the details, you won’t be able to get your hands on them fast enough.

What Are the Henning Lee 2-Piece Small & Large Collapsible Waste Bins?

These waste bins have a ton going for them. The large one can hold up to 1.8 gallons, while the small can hold up to 1.2, However, as you might’ve noticed from their name, they can flatten down almost completely when you aren’t actively using them. They also hook onto your cabinet door or drawer for easy accessibility, so they essentially take up zero space. (I’m looking at you, small kitchen owners!)

Still, you can remove it from its hooks so that it sits on top of the counter or even in the sink — wherever it best serves your meal prepping needs. In any location, it’ll save you the time and effort of moving from the counter to the trash can frequently during the cooking process. There’s even a detachable piece you can use to scoop scraps off of your cutting board and into the bin. And if you thought it couldn’t get more convenient, guess what? You can pop it right in the dishwasher when you’re done!

However useful they are for meal prep, though, you don’t have to limit them to one area. You can take the route many QVC reviewers did and leave one by the kitchen countertop, while the other lives in your bedroom on your nightstand or in a cramped bathroom.

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What QVC Reviewers are Saying

Average Rating: 4.8/5

“I keep one in the kitchen, one next to my lazy boy in the living room, one next to the bed and one in my car. Also gave one to my granddaughter. They are the perfect size and when lined with the ubiquitous grocery store plastic bag they are so fast and easy to empty and really look nice.” — photographer45

“I love the green moss color! The quality is superb. Fits very nice & snug when I clip it to a cabinet door. So handy in the kitchen, bedroom and living room and in keeping an area clean. It is so great to purchase a product and have it be better than expected.” — Paul V.

“I have 2 sets! One is for trash in the kitchen, smaller one. It is convenient when prepping. 2 others hang from my night stand drawer. I keep my Kindle Fire pads and cellphone there when charging them, larger one, and keep my remotes in the smaller one. No more lost or dog chewed remotes. No more late night knocking things over! The last is in the kitchen to collect wet things that need to dry, and not get lost!!!” — Sugarx2

Just $16 for such a helpful tool is a total bargain, in my eyes. (Well, mine and plenty of QVC reviewers’.) There’s no telling how long these bad boys will stay in stock while they’re on sale, so don’t wait to add this deal to your cart!