Treat Your Cooking Utensils To A New Spoon Rest

Even your utensils deserve a good break

One of the most underrated kitchen necessities might be the spoon rest. The humble tray, designed for one, hyper-specific purpose, may be overshadowed by, well, pretty much everything else you need to prepare food, but without one, your cooking utensils stain, scorch, and stick-ify your countertops. Actually, not having a great spoon rest shouldn’t even be an option. Decorative, practical, and inexpensive, a great spoon rest is only a few clicks away.

The simple spoon rest

The simple spoon rest
This simple white spoon rest will look nice in any kitchen.Amazon

Oggi's glossy ceramic spoon rest's small-egg shaped design conveniently saves space—nearly all utensils fit in the rest's deep bowl and it's dishwasher safe. Buy two, and always have a clean one at the ready, or sit them side by side when you're cooking multiple dishes (i.e. searing raw meat and simultaneously sauteing a pan of veggies).

The multifunctional spoon rest

The multifunctional spoon rest
This multifunctional tool can strip herbs and grate ginger.Amazon

If you're a fan of multitools, why not invest in a spoon rest that can do so much more than just, well, rest your spoon. This ceramic piece is crafted with four different size holes on one end, to efficiently strip herb leaves from the stems, and spikes at the other end, on which you can grate garlic, ginger, and more aromatics. And, of course, once you've prepped your ingredients on the flat surface, your spoon and utensils can easily rest on it.

The fancy spoon rest

The fancy spoon rest
Le Creuset fans will want to add this spoon rest to their repertoire.Amazon

Entertaining in an open kitchen? Impress your dinner guests with a sleek Le Crueset spoon rest that just looks fancy. The rim on the glossy stoneware prevents drips from a wide range of utensils, and the range of colors lets you match the ovenproof , dishwasher-safe rest to your other stoneware.

The practical spoon rest

The practical spoon rest
The silicone base keeps this spoon rest from sliding around.Amazon

If precision is the word that gets your mouth drooling, the stainless steel OXO Good Grips Spoon Rest is your new sous chef. True to its name, the silicone bottomed piece doesn't slip on your counter, so you're not knocking around ingredients while picking up your resting utensils. Flipped horizontally, the rest holds two utensils at once without stacking, and yep, the shiny metal just looks spiffy (especially fresh out of the dishwasher).