Kitchn Love Letters

These ‘Floating’ Cooking Utensils Keep My Countertops Drip Free — and Look So Good Doing It

published Feb 3, 2022
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Credit: Cathy Pyle

A cursory scan of my home will tell you I am both extremely messy and, contradictorily, compulsive about messes — specifically spills and crumbs. Cleaning products are at the ready on most surfaces in my home; in other words, I’ve added clutter in an attempt to keep my space clean. Recently, I made the simplest switch in my kitchen that actually bridged this gap. I replaced all my cooking utensils with the mess-resistant, low maintenance Floating Utensil Bundle from Yamazaki. Life changing.

Hold on to your trivets — this 4-player set of do-it-all cooking tools is here to save our wallets (and environment) from surplus use of surface cleaning wipes and paper towels. Pair the utensils with your trivets and you’ve got a solid kitchen team, making cooking, keeping your station tidy, and dishwashing easy. That said, these floating utensils remove the need for trivets altogether, making them ideal for a minimalist’s kitchen.

The set contains a ladle, spatula, and two sets of tongs, each of which have tiny stilts that prop them upright when they’re set aside. The fact that my tools only have contact with the dish I’m cooking, not a germy countertop, makes me want to cook more since the process is much less messy and cleanup is easier than ever. Seamlessly crafted from silicone, they’re dishwasher safe and lack the (trigger warning) crevices that make traditionally designed cooking tools so hard to keep clean.

And, no, you don’t need to be this much of a clean freak to benefit from the floating Yamazaki utensils. For a single set under $50, the bundle comes with all the tools my entire household (of 2) needs for cooking multiple times a day. So, all you need is to share our appreciation for a kitchen tool that works hard…and looks good doing it.