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    18 Products To Help Save Clumsy Cooks From Themselves

    If you're a kitchen disaster waiting to happen, these products might just be the solution.

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    1. This squeeze and pour silicone measuring cup.

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    Not only is this flexible silicone measuring cup way less breakable than glass, it's also more practical for pouring every last drop of liquid out after you've measured it. It's microwave and dishwasher-safe and comes in various sizes from 150 to 1000ml. Customer reviews praise the product for being easy to grip and pour, particularly for transferring liquid into containers with small openings, and for having good heat insulation so that it doesn't get hot even when it contains boiling water.

    Price: £4.00 - £13.79, depending on size.

    2. This splatter screen that doubles as a steamer and pan strainer.

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    Every home cook knows the fear and pain of hot oil splatter. While there are many different kinds of splatter screens on the market, this particular model is made of food-grade silicone, can be used over a pan as a steamer or strainer, and comes in a range of bright colours. Reviewers like that it doesn't rust like a metal guard and is much easier to clean – just chuck it in the dishwasher or wipe clean with a sponge.

    Price: £10.95 - £13.26, depending on colour.

    3. This mixing bowl that's designed for no-spill tilting and pouring.

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    The unique, ergonomic design of this Joseph Joseph bowl includes a curved non-slip base that tilts up to 45 degrees for easier mixing and pouring. It has a 4-litre capacity and a thumb hole for a more secure grip. Commenters say that the bowl is lightweight, a good size, and great quality.

    Price: £15.40 - £18.00, depending on colour.

    4. A pair of kitchen scissors that are easier to use than a knife.

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    Most Asian aunties would agree: scissors can be much easier to use for a lot of common ingredients. These heavy-duty Fiskars kitchen scissors can do it all, from chopping herbs to trimming vegetables and even cutting through meat, fish, and poultry. They have a 4.8 star rating, and reviewers say that they're fantastic quality and worth paying a little bit more for than a cheaper alternative.

    Price: £11.28.

    5. This genius lid and spoon rest that will save your worktop.

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    If you're sick of getting sauce stains from your spoons and condensation from your pot lids all over your counter, this handy stainless steel stand is indispensable. Customers are impressed by this simple solution for a minor but very real kitchen annoyance.

    Price: £8.99.

    6. A handheld mandoline for those of us with weak knife skills.

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    Trying to achieve MasterChef-worthy thin slices can be hazardous to your fingertips. Save yourself some trouble and invest in a mandoline slicer, which produces even slices in one of three levels of thickness. This reasonably-priced handheld version from OXO Good Grips has over 1,000 reviews, 4.4 stars, and is perfect for most home cooks. It features a stainless steel blade, a non-slip handle and foot, and comes with a food holder that grips the end of your fruit or vegetable of choice.

    Price: £11.69.

    7. These cut-resistant gloves for added protection.

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    Whatever method you're using to cut, chop, or slice, sometimes you need that extra level of protection. Enter these cut-resistant gloves, made of a lightweight, flexible blend of polyethylene, fiberglass, and spandex. They feature tiny silicone dots to aid grip, and can be tossed in the dishwasher or washing machine between uses.

    Price: £9.49 - £11.99, depending on size.

    8. A flameless electric lighter that's a safer alternative to matches and butane lighters.

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    You'll never have to worry about running out of matches or refilling a butane lighter again when you have this handy USB-rechargeable electric arc lighter. Reviewers are impressed by how clean, safe, and environmentally friendly this product is. As a bonus, it's windproof and rainproof, so it works just as well for lighting a charcoal grill in temperamental English weather as it does for lighting candles and gas stoves indoors.

    Price: £11.99.

    9. A jar opener that reduces the chances of you accidentally dropping a jar while struggling with the lid.

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    If you've ever broken a glass jar or bottle by either dropping it or banging it too hard against the countertop while trying to release the seal, you'll appreciate this jar opener. It has four different openings to suit different lid sizes, and the firm, non-slip grip is particularly useful for people with weaker grips, dexterity issues, or arthritis.

    Price: £4.21 - £4.59, depending on colour.

    10. These oven gloves that won't hamper your fingers like traditional mitts.

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    Any oven mitt or trivet is a step up from using tea towels to grab a hot tray out of the oven, but these oven gloves have the distinct advantage of allowing you to retain the use of all five fingers, giving you more flexibility and improving your grip. The cotton-lined silicone gloves are waterproof, non-slip, and heat-resistant up to 300-500°C. Heads up: because the gloves only come in one size, some reviewers found them either slightly too big or too short in the fingers.

    Price: £11.99.

    11. These range protectors that make cleaning your gas hob so much easier.

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    These reusable non-stick mats can be customised to fit any gas hob. Once they're in place, the protectors will take the worst of spills and grease stains and you can just remove them and wash them with soapy water instead of scrubbing down the whole stovetop.

    Price: £9.99.

    12. Wine glasses that look like they're made of glass but are actually virtually unbreakable plastic.

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    If you enjoy a glass of wine before, during, or after cooking but you're notoriously accident-prone, check out this polycarbonate drinkware. Customer reviews give them 4.8 out of 5 stars, praising them for actually looking like glass, being high quality, and withstanding drops on tile flooring. Other styles, such as champagne flutes and gin balloons, are also available.

    Price: £19.99 for a set of six.

    13. A knife sharpener, because sharp knives are safer knives.

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    Most of us know by now that a sharper knife requires less pressure to cut, resulting in fewer accidents, but most home cooks don't bother sharpening their own knives. The AnySharp knife sharpener takes all the mystery out of the process, and the tool itself is designed with safety in mind with its power grip suction base that secures it to any flat surface.

    Price: £8.00 - £10.97, depending on model.

    14. And a knife organiser to safely store your newly-sharpened knives in a drawer.

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    This highly-rated Joseph Joseph knife organiser is a much better and safer way to store knives instead of letting them roll around freely in the drawer. Some customers reported issues fitting knives with especially wide handles but most thought the two-tier design was excellent and a perfect solution.

    Price: £15.00 - £16.00, depending on colour.

    15. A phone stand that gives you one less thing to juggle while you cook.

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    This phone stand can be used in any room but it's particularly useful in the kitchen. The stable base fits most smart phones and will keep your screen at an optimal angle for consulting recipes or watching Tasty tutorials while you cook. With over 3,500 reviews and a 4.8 star rating, this product is tried and tested, and commenters say it's both functional and stylish.

    Price: £6.99.

    16. This flexible chopping board set that makes it easy to get food into the pan.

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    These plastic chopping boards are flexible, slip resistant, and easier to sanitise than wood. The handy colour coding and labels encourage food safety, and the bendy design allows you to pick up chopped ingredients and funnel them right into the pan. Reviewers noted that they were easy to use, dishwasher-safe, and good value for money.

    Price: £8.99 for a set of four.

    17. Reusable, machine-washable bamboo towels that are a more sustainable alternative to kitchen roll.

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    Kitchen roll is a clumsy or messy cook's best friend, but not great if you're trying to reduce waste. These eco-friendly, absorbent bamboo towels work just like paper towels, except that they can be machine-washed and reused again and again. Once the towels are off the roll, commenters recommend using separate containers: one for used towels between washes and one for clean towels.

    Price: £9.49 for one roll.

    18. A big tub of table salt, because salt can be used to put out grease fires.

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    Salt is a pantry staple anyway but did you know that it's also useful in putting out grease fires? Obviously, if the fire is big or spreading rapidly, you should call the fire department and leave the premises, but it's good to know this trick just in case!

    Price: £9.93 for 6kg.