(Cooking) Tip of the Week- Handy Silicone Trivets!

 

One of the most handy kitchen tools I use is a silicone trivet.  I actually got mine from Avon a long time ago when I used to sell it, but you can get them online and probably at various stores as well.  They are very inexpensive.  This is what mine looks like:

The lighting must have been weird because I used a flash & couldn’t get this to look right. My silicone trivet is actually a true red.

 

 

There are lots of uses for these things!  It’s one of those “I don’t know how I lived without it before”, items for me.  There are some obvious uses for a silicone trivet, such as :

  • a trivet (well duh!) haha.  Great for keeping near the stove or on the table to set hot dishes and pots on
  • A hot pad- you can use these in lieu of an oven mitt to grip the handles of a hot pot lid or pan handle with.
  • a gripping device for when you can’t pry off a jar lid (to the spaghetti sauce for example ) and need something to help you grip and turn any type of bottle or jar lid.

Using it to open a jar of honey

 

But now for my newest found favorite use!

I like to bake a lot and I don’t have an electric mixer, so I mix everything by hand (usually with a wooden spoon).  One thing that really annoys me is when I am whipping something up and the mixing bowl keeps slipping or sliding around on the counter/table.  Have you ever had this problem? Guess what?  Silicone trivets/pads fix this !!  All you do is slip the silicone trivet underneath your mixing bowls and you can beat the mixture by hand as much as you want and the bowl will stay put.  One time I saw some mixing bowls online with silicone bottoms and that is what gave me the idea to just turn any regular bowls I have into virtually the same thing, but for less money.  It works really well, and makes my mixing so much easier.

Slip it under your mixing bowl and not more slipping while you stir! Especially helpful for things like cookie dough- where it starts to get stiff.

 

 

If you have any creative uses for silicone pads or trivets, please leave your tips in the comment section.  I hope you find this tip useful!

 

linked @ Nature’s Nurture, Far above Rubies , Teach me Tuesdays, & Simply Better, MercyInk

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