When buying kitchen gear, you might be quick to relegate a spoon rest into the "grandma-ish things I don't actually need" category, but not so fast — spoon rests are actually pretty useful. They help contain the mess when you're cooking extra-saucy concoctions.
This one — on sale for $8 (nearly 50 percent off) on Amazon — takes an old-school tool and adds a bonus helper in the form of a lid holder.
This built-in lid holder is brilliant when you think about it. If you're using a spoon to mix something, the pot's lid generally has to go somewhere. Stand it up on the holder and it'll keep condensation and various drips from getting everywhere. Plus, the tools' stainless steel construction gives the whole thing a decidedly modern look. Another major bonus? It's dishwasher-safe.
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