With the holiday season getting closer and closer, we need to start thinking about preparing our homes for guests, entertaining or even preparing the holiday feast. This year I’ve been working with Spectrum Diversified to help my readers get ready for the holidays. They sent me a few of their great kitchen tools to test out and tell you all about.
The first tool Spectrum Diversified sent me was something that solved a problem I’ve had since we’ve moved to our new home. Whenever I’m cooking, it’s hard to find a place to put the spoon down. At our last place, I had no problem putting a bit of paper towel down since our spoon rest broke. But on our new counter, I don’t want the moisture to come through the paper towel to the granite. I wanted to find something that would not only hold the spoon, but would match several other things in my kitchen.
The Euro Flat Spoon Rest, fit everything I was looking for. The back part holds the handle up where it is easy to reach while you’re working. The square ceramic dish fits perfectly into the metal base and catches any drippings as you go. Instead of peeling off the paper towel after I am done cooking, I simply wash the small ceramic dish in the dishwasher and everything is clean and put away. The sleek and streamline shape is not only functional but also fits perfectly in the design of my kitchen.
But it’s not all about tools in the kitchen, sometimes our tools need an assistant. That is where the Euro Cookbook holder comes in handy. It’s shaped perfectly to hold a full cookbook open to make it easy to read while reducing the chance of getting the recipe getting messy and covered in ingredients.
The Euro Cookbook holder actually is at more of a reclined angle than I’ve seen in similar products. This makes it extremely easy to read while you’re working. And it’s thicker gauged metal holds everything easily in place. The design of the cookbook holder actually makes it perfect to hold decorative plates or other items you want to display. It’s easy to use, doesn’t require any extra work just slide your cookbook in and get ready to cook!
The next tool is something that I’ve been looking for for a while. We all use cloth hot pads, but I’ve always been in love with the look of metal trivets. They have multiple uses, keep your hot pots and pans off your counter, and don’t require being tossed into the washing machine if you spill or slop on them. The Euro Grande Trivet fits everything I’ve been looking for.
The Euro Grande Trivet, not only holds a medium 2 Qt sauce pan, but could easily fit another next to it. The sturdy construction of the trivet will easily hold the weight and size of a full 6 quart dutch oven, all while holding it above the counter top. The space below the trivet allows air to flow around the hot pan (or pans) making them easier to handle sooner. The trivet will keep your counter tops safe, and the smooth design of the Euro Grande will prevent scratches from happening as well.
One of my favorite kitchen basic tools we often forget we want, or need is a fruit bowl. We go through a lot of fruit in our home, but we don’t always store them properly. Different fruit let off certain gasses that can actually speed up how quickly other fruits go bad when they are stored with each other. And that’s why we needed the Blossom Fruit Tree. Instead of keeping our bananas on top of our apples like we have for years, they are now able to hang from the hook above them. And unless we buy too many apples – they never come in contact. The large open flower design keeps in a full bag of apples (and a few more) which allows air to flow around them before we use them. The bananas hang right above everything and stay fresh and ready for us. The design is beautiful and slightly feminine, but it serves its purpose perfectly. The bowl is large and great for the amount of fruit we use every day in our house, and having it displayed on the counter means it’s a more tempting treat instead of the unhealthy snacks that could be an option.
Now, the final tool is something I didn’t even know existed until last year. I’m not quite sure how that even happened, but I happened upon a sponge holder while we were looking at houses. I instantly started to look at where you could find them – and while they’re out there, all aren’t created equally. I have found some that are cheaply made, made of ugly (and I mean ugly plastic) and others that aren’t worth the money you’d pay for them.
The idea of a sponge holder is simple, and I’ll say genius. It keeps your sponge off your sink ledge and allows it to drain properly. You wont be left with crud on your sink, and it reduces your sponge getting smelly. In all of my searching I hadn’t found a sponge holder as pretty as the Leaf Suction Sink Cradle. With the use of two suction cups the sponge holder can go anywhere inside your sink and will hold strong as you use your sponges and put them back. I love the overall appearance of the Leaf sink cradle, but more what it does for my sink. My soaps are clear to stay where they are without competing with sponges or brushes, and I don’t have to deal with extra water on my counters after I’m done the dishes. Like I said, it’s a simple solution – but one that I wish I knew about years ago!
There are several great kitchen basics Spectrum Diversified has to offer, and these are just a handful. Feel free to check out their website for other options and color choices, or you can enter to win these great kitchen tools below!
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Enter to win with the form below. The mandatory entry is leaving a comment on this blog post telling me which of the kitchen basic tools you like the most and why! If you do not do this entry – you will not win! So make sure you leave a comment and then enter using the form linked below!
Becky is Content Creator in metro-Detroit. She is also an interior designer, a former adjunct professor, a gluten free foodie, and world traveler. Week99er is a lifestyle site featuring real life reviews of the latest in entertainment, technology, travel destinations and even set visits. Her Youtube channel gives in depth reviews and travel videos. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org