The StoveTop Spoon Rest?

Spoon Rest for the Spoon to the Rest on the StoveT - This is the spoon rest to place in the spoon when the cooking on the stove top and so as to not to make the mess on the stove top or on the counter.
United States
June 19, 2012 4:16pm CST
Hello the peoples. Do you use the place to rest your spoon when you are stirring the stuffs on the stovetop? Do you just place the spoon / stirrer on the stovetop, with no worries for the mess or the germs, or do you have something on which you like to place the stirrer/spoon? Is it something made specifically for this purpose, or do you use the cloth, or the napkin, or the diaper (clean of course!)? Maybe you use the pail? Or the bigger spoon? Or you may use the old shoe as a rest for the spoon? I think the new shoe would be the better for this task. What do you use and why do you prefer this methods?
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@shaina228 (120)
• Japan
20 Jun 12
Kitchen mama that's how my son describe me. I am strict when it comes to cleanliness particularly in the kitchen where we prepare our foods. Clean foods clean living equals healthy family. My rules...Kitchen utensils that maybe of use for the later servings should be place in a saucer plate. Not inside the pan nor on top of it. If not of use anymore utensils should be place in the washing bowl in the sink with water to prevent the stains from drying. In my opinion it's not proper to just place the utensils on top of the stove or anywhere in the kitchen without having any plate. For sanitation purposes of course. Also in that way you can lessen your cleaning time. Sorry this is my style just sharing.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
You have excellent suggestions for the sanitation in the cooking, shaina228! Thanks so much for sharing here and welcome to the myLot! :)
• United States
20 Jun 12
I have a special thing to lay the utensil on. I don't know what it's called but I have always used one of those. I think my mom did too and maybe I just picked up the habit from her. Sometimes I do lay it on the stove but my stove is usually clean so I don't worry about germs and I always clean the stove after using it so there won't be a mess left behind.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
Hello livingforever. Welcome to the myLot :) I am honored that my Discussion is your first post. What is the shape of this special thing on which you lay your utensil?
• United States
21 Jun 12
Thank you for taking the time to give this description. :)
• United States
19 Jun 12
hello the pageturner! i don't think i could use shoes, especially the lovely attractive red shoes you have pictured here...the psychoartist would like to have a pair of shoes like those...do you know where i might find them...personally, the psychoartist just uses a large measuring glass for a spoon rest...it is convenient as for some reason the psychoartist always uses more than one spoon when cooking and the measuring glass cup has room for all the spoons....like a dirty spoon bouquet...you see...
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• United States
19 Jun 12
A large measuring cup seems like a swell idea, the psychoartist. If the soups/juices from the spoons seep into the measuring cup, do you look to see the measurement? Do you pour the juices back into the pot?
@katcarneo (1429)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I don't cook very much, but I certainly would hate to see the spoon or stirrer on the stovetop because I'm the one who would have to clean it! My partner, who does the cooking at home, usually puts his stirrer on a dish on the kitchen counter. That, or sometimes he puts it on top of the chopping board where he chopped ingradients earlier.
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• United States
26 Jun 12
Ah, yes, the chopping board is a good spot. :)
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
25 Jun 12
I will never leave my stirrer on the stovetop because it's so dirty, full of germs. Even though it's in my home, it ought to be clean since we are wiping, cleaning it on a daily basis, but i just don't like the idea of resting my stirrer on it. I will always have something for stirrer, such as a ladle stand, or a bowl if i'm cooking soup. If i'm frying something, i would simply leave my stirrer in the wok,pot for a few minutes before i carry on with the stirring.
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• United States
25 Jun 12
These are all great ideas, Sanitary! :)
@much2say (40212)
• United States
22 Jun 12
When we were at the apartments, we had a plastic spoon rest from some dollar store - it lasted for years!! Well, one edge of it melted when it got too close to the burner - and that perturbed me for the longest time. So finally I got rid of it and just stuck the spoon in the center of the stove (it was clean). But now that we have our own stove in our own house, I WANT to buy a stainless steel spoon rest soon "just because" but for now I'm using a small plate. I don't want the stove getting dirty (I'm making it a point to keep the stove extra clean since it's OURS). Let's see, a shoe?? Yah, a new one would be better - an old one might make the food end up tasting like feet!
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• United States
22 Jun 12
I always liked those stainless steel spoon rests. an old one might make the food end up tasting like feet!
@rekhum (2434)
• India
20 Jun 12
Good question..I mostly place it on anywhere my hands lay on, but stove top. I am also kinda cleanliness freak. I'll try to balance it on the lid of a sauce pan, on top of the pressure cooker's lid, put it in a glass if the glass happen to be just around. If it drops I'll pick it up clean it with the running water.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
Hello rekhum. Thanks for stopping by. I've tried all those ways as well, and yet, it seems I always seem to make a mess!
@kukueye (1761)
• Malaysia
20 Jun 12
Wood or metal. Never plastic. - Plastic will leak and poison the hot stuffs.
well, i use a small cup or another plate to put the spoon there , sometime if we use a wooden bigger spoon to stir something and put the spoon on top of the pot , we seldom use plastic spoon , all spoon are either metal or wood made, so that it will not leak plastic or melanim into the hot stuffs as it is poison.Sometime , we just use once and put it into the sink to wash.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
The small cup or plate is a good idea, kukueye.
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
20 Jun 12
I don't like to put the spatula or spoon for stirring the food at the stove top because the sauce will leave a drip on the stove top. I always use a small bowl to place the spatula.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
A smal bowl is a great idea, chicgale.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
19 Jun 12
Sometimes I use the spoon rest but I don't use it as much as I really should. If I am in a hurry when I am cooking sometimes I will just put it down on the stove which is not very smart of me becuase my stove top is kind of hard to clean, so I don't know why I do that. Sometimes I will use a small bread plate to the put the spoon down, but if I plan ahead and have plenty of time I will pull out the spoon rest and use it.
• United States
19 Jun 12
Sometimes I use the small plate, as well. I like the saucer for this task as it has that little ledge in the center and that seems to keep things from seeping away.
• United States
19 Jun 12
It would be nice to have one of those trays made for spoons and the like, but I don't at the moment, so I place it on the stove. I'm not worried about the mess, as much as the heat. If the stove is on the spoon will get real hot, and hard to hold. I might invest in one of those spoon trays for the stove.
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• United States
19 Jun 12
Oh yes, I have felt the sting of that burn on the hot spoon utensil, Lmfisher666. You are so right!
@petersum (4525)
• United States
19 Jun 12
I always try to balance the spoon or spatula on top of a nearby saucepan lid. Naturally that doesn't often work. I'm sure I have quite a large collection of utensils behind my stove now. It does save on washing up liquid though!
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• United States
19 Jun 12
I have tried the balance thing as well, petersum. I usually tend to drop them this way. Maybe one day you will move the stove and collect all the utensils and they will make the nice party gift.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
20 Jun 12
hi dear PageTurner, either I use a folded kitchen tissue as the spoon rest or, more often, one of the little saucers. One piece more to wash when it comes to the dishes afterwards but environment friendly unlike the kitchen tissues.
• United States
20 Jun 12
Hmm, I have actually thought of a Discussion on which of these are more environmentally friendly in the long run, RitterSport -- the paper or the washing.
• Lippstadt, Germany
20 Jun 12
I guess the washing as you got dishes to do anyways.
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• United States
20 Jun 12
But what does it take to produce the water and transport it to the house? Even if one has a well, how was the well made and what resources were required to make it? It would seem that well water may be better for the environment, especially if the pump was also run with alternative energy. But then, what did it take to produce that alternative energy? In the long run, would it be better for the environment to use the paper tissue? I really don't know. I wonder about this daily.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Jun 12
i have a ceramic one that can be washed with the dishes (which we do by hand) after each meal.
• United States
21 Jun 12
We also wash our dishes by the hand, cher913.
@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Jun 12
I keep my stove-top clean, so any germs that find their way on to it are the germs I need (or they won't mess with me ). If you want to, you can spray your desktop with disinfectant spray before you put down your spoon. Are you 'one of those people' who wash your hands every half-hour or more-often?
• United States
20 Jun 12
When I am preparing food, I do wash my hands a good bit. In other activities I am less likely to wash continually. But in food preparation, especially for others, I can be fanatical about washing my hands. But the focus of this Discussion was really just to see what methods of spoon rests others use. I was just curious.