Add color and convenience to your kitchen with these 10 favorite silicone kitchen gadgets – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I’m a sucker for silicone kitchen gadgets, arguably some of the best kitchen innovations since their firmer, stogier cousin, Tupperware. Silicone tools don’t clank around in your drawers and cabinets, they clean up seamlessly, are practically indestructible and come in fun colors. 
Maybe you used the cold winter months to clean out your kitchen cabinets, or maybe you have gift cards from the holidays to burn. Consider updating your kitchen with some of these colorful tools. I’ve used these or versions of them and can vouch for their usefulness. You might find other brands at different sites and stores.
We first bought a set of these when the kids were younger and we sent sippy cups and bottles to daycare. They’ve stuck around and come in handy for water bottles sent along to school and camp. (Hint: if you find a silicone bracelet, often given away at trade shows and in goodie bags, personalize one with a Sharpie and they do the same job.) $13.25 for two at mabelslabels.com
We first bought a set of these bottle labels when the kids were younger and we were sending sippy cups and bottles to daycare. They’ve stuck around and come in handy for water bottles sent along to school and camp. (Hint: if you find a silicone bracelet, often given away at trade shows and in goodie bags, personalize one with a Sharpie and they do the same job.)
$13.25 for two at mabelslabels.com 
 
 
I own a couple smaller versions of these, big enough to cover a can of partially-used tomato paste or crushed pineapple. They also work great for covering a half an onion or lemon. Larger versions are available for bowls and bigger containers. $8.99 for a pack of 12 of various sizes at amazon.com
I own a couple of smaller versions of these, big enough to cover a can of partially used tomato paste or crushed pineapple. They also work great for covering half an onion or lemon. Larger versions are available for bowls and bigger containers. 
$8.99 for a pack of 12 of various sizes at amazon.com
 
 
 
We pop a lot of popcorn, and we love this thing: add kernels to the bottom up to a measuring line, pour in a tablespoon or so of oil, add the lid, and stick in the microwave. The sides are firm enough to eat popcorn straight from the bowl. It collapses easily for storage, and cleans up easier than a stove-top popper or pot. $10.99 at amazon.com
We pop a lot of popcorn, and we love this thing: add kernels to the bottom up to a measuring line, pour in a tablespoon or so of oil, add the lid, and stick in the microwave. The sides are firm enough to eat popcorn straight from the bowl. It collapses easily for storage and cleans up easier than a stove-top popper or pot. 
$10.99 at amazon.com
 
 
These bowls come in handy for holding measured spices for baking and filling with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, or whatever on your plate that needs dipping. $4.99 for four at worldmarket.com
These small bowls come in handy for holding measured spices for baking. You can also fill them with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, soy sauce or whatever on your plate that needs dipping. 
$4.99 for four at worldmarket.com
 
 
 
This steamer sits easily at the bottom of different-sized pots and the little loops on the sides make it easier to lift everything out. In a pinch, I can use this to rinse off fruit and vegetables. $19.99 at kohls.com
This steamer sits easily at the bottom of different-sized pots and the little loops on the sides make it easier to lift everything out.  In a pinch, I use this to rinse off fruit and vegetables.
$19.99 at kohls.com
 
 
 
While these may not work to scrub solid grime off a pot, swish them around on dishes to remove everyday food and gunk. The fact that they dry quickly is a plus, and you can throw them in the dishwasher to sanitize. The description on this scrubber says it can be used to remove pet hair, though we haven’t tried that. They are fun to feel and play with, and my daughter has squirreled these away to play with as fidget toys. $9.99 for five, amazon.com
While these may not work to scrub solid grime off a pot, swish them around on dishes to remove everyday food and gunk. The fact that they dry quickly is a plus, and you can throw them in the dishwasher to sanitize. The description on this scrubber says it can be used to remove pet hair, though we haven’t tried that. They are fun to feel and play with, and my daughter has squirreled these away to play with as fidget toys.
$9.99 for five, amazon.com
 
 
 
Using a traditional basting brush to smear barbecue sauce or drippings onto meat is kind of gross. The brush takes forever to dry after cleaning and it still smells like sauce or drippings. Solve those first world problems: buy a silicone brush. $5 at Target.com
Using a traditional basting brush to smear barbecue sauce or drippings onto meat is kind of gross. The brush takes forever to dry after cleaning, and it still smells like sauce or drippings. Solve those first world problems: buy a silicone brush.
$5 at Target.com
 
 
 
I have a few silicone pot holders at the ready, but often use them for trivets or to pull a hot rack out of the oven. I also place them at the bottom of a large pot while canning so the jars don’t rattle around or get too hot underneath. $1.25 each at Dollar Tree
I have a few silicone pot holders at the ready, but often use them for trivets for hot dishes or to pull a hot rack out of the oven. I also place them at the bottom of a large pot while canning so the jars don’t rattle around or get too much direct heat. 
$1.25 each at Dollar Tree
We had a version of this for awhile, and misplaced it, and we miss it. Sure, you can peel garlic cloves by smashing them with the side of a knife, but the silicone peeler keeps the peels contained and the cloves uncrushed. • $8.99 at zyllis.com
We had a version of this for a while, and misplaced it, and we miss it. Sure, you can peel garlic cloves by smashing them with the side of a knife, but the silicone peeler keeps the peels contained and the cloves uncrushed.
$8.99 at zyllis.com
This isn’t a traditional kitchen tool, but it’s a recent hit at our house. The outer part of this cup is made of silicone, and it surrounds a cool pack insert. Freeze the cup for a few hours, then fill it with a drink: soda, lemonade, whatever. Squeeze the cup and it squishes the contents into a slushy. Is it science? Is it magic? Will vodka freeze in this? We try not to ask too many questions. $16.99 at vat19.com
This isn’t a traditional kitchen tool, but it’s a recent hit at our house. The outer part of this cup is made of silicone, and it surrounds a cool pack insert. Freeze the cup for a few hours, then fill it with a drink: soda, lemonade, whatever. Squeeze the cup and it squishes the contents into a slushy. Is it science? Is it magic? Will vodka freeze in this? We try not to ask too many questions. 
$16.99 at vat19.com
 
 
 
Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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I’m a sucker for silicone kitchen gadgets, arguably some of the best kitchen innovations since their firmer, stogier cousin, Tupperware. Silicone tools don’t clank around in your drawers and cabinets, they clean up seamlessly, are practically indestructible and come in fun colors. 
Maybe you used the cold winter months to clean out your kitchen cabinets, or maybe you have gift cards from the holidays to burn. Consider updating your kitchen with some of these colorful tools. I’ve used these or versions of them and can vouch for their usefulness. You might find other brands at different sites and stores.
We first bought a set of these when the kids were younger and we sent sippy cups and bottles to daycare. They’ve stuck around and come in handy for water bottles sent along to school and camp. (Hint: if you find a silicone bracelet, often given away at trade shows and in goodie bags, personalize one with a Sharpie and they do the same job.) $13.25 for two at mabelslabels.com
We first bought a set of these bottle labels when the kids were younger and we were sending sippy cups and bottles to daycare. They’ve stuck around and come in handy for water bottles sent along to school and camp. (Hint: if you find a silicone bracelet, often given away at trade shows and in goodie bags, personalize one with a Sharpie and they do the same job.)
$13.25 for two at mabelslabels.com 
 
 
I own a couple smaller versions of these, big enough to cover a can of partially-used tomato paste or crushed pineapple. They also work great for covering a half an onion or lemon. Larger versions are available for bowls and bigger containers. $8.99 for a pack of 12 of various sizes at amazon.com
I own a couple of smaller versions of these, big enough to cover a can of partially used tomato paste or crushed pineapple. They also work great for covering half an onion or lemon. Larger versions are available for bowls and bigger containers. 
$8.99 for a pack of 12 of various sizes at amazon.com
 
 
 
We pop a lot of popcorn, and we love this thing: add kernels to the bottom up to a measuring line, pour in a tablespoon or so of oil, add the lid, and stick in the microwave. The sides are firm enough to eat popcorn straight from the bowl. It collapses easily for storage, and cleans up easier than a stove-top popper or pot. $10.99 at amazon.com
We pop a lot of popcorn, and we love this thing: add kernels to the bottom up to a measuring line, pour in a tablespoon or so of oil, add the lid, and stick in the microwave. The sides are firm enough to eat popcorn straight from the bowl. It collapses easily for storage and cleans up easier than a stove-top popper or pot. 
$10.99 at amazon.com
 
 
These bowls come in handy for holding measured spices for baking and filling with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, or whatever on your plate that needs dipping. $4.99 for four at worldmarket.com
These small bowls come in handy for holding measured spices for baking. You can also fill them with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, soy sauce or whatever on your plate that needs dipping. 
$4.99 for four at worldmarket.com
 
 
 
This steamer sits easily at the bottom of different-sized pots and the little loops on the sides make it easier to lift everything out. In a pinch, I can use this to rinse off fruit and vegetables. $19.99 at kohls.com
This steamer sits easily at the bottom of different-sized pots and the little loops on the sides make it easier to lift everything out.  In a pinch, I use this to rinse off fruit and vegetables.
$19.99 at kohls.com
 
 
 
While these may not work to scrub solid grime off a pot, swish them around on dishes to remove everyday food and gunk. The fact that they dry quickly is a plus, and you can throw them in the dishwasher to sanitize. The description on this scrubber says it can be used to remove pet hair, though we haven’t tried that. They are fun to feel and play with, and my daughter has squirreled these away to play with as fidget toys. $9.99 for five, amazon.com
While these may not work to scrub solid grime off a pot, swish them around on dishes to remove everyday food and gunk. The fact that they dry quickly is a plus, and you can throw them in the dishwasher to sanitize. The description on this scrubber says it can be used to remove pet hair, though we haven’t tried that. They are fun to feel and play with, and my daughter has squirreled these away to play with as fidget toys.
$9.99 for five, amazon.com
 
 
 
Using a traditional basting brush to smear barbecue sauce or drippings onto meat is kind of gross. The brush takes forever to dry after cleaning and it still smells like sauce or drippings. Solve those first world problems: buy a silicone brush. $5 at Target.com
Using a traditional basting brush to smear barbecue sauce or drippings onto meat is kind of gross. The brush takes forever to dry after cleaning, and it still smells like sauce or drippings. Solve those first world problems: buy a silicone brush.
$5 at Target.com
 
 
 
I have a few silicone pot holders at the ready, but often use them for trivets or to pull a hot rack out of the oven. I also place them at the bottom of a large pot while canning so the jars don’t rattle around or get too hot underneath. $1.25 each at Dollar Tree
I have a few silicone pot holders at the ready, but often use them for trivets for hot dishes or to pull a hot rack out of the oven. I also place them at the bottom of a large pot while canning so the jars don’t rattle around or get too much direct heat. 
$1.25 each at Dollar Tree
We had a version of this for awhile, and misplaced it, and we miss it. Sure, you can peel garlic cloves by smashing them with the side of a knife, but the silicone peeler keeps the peels contained and the cloves uncrushed. • $8.99 at zyllis.com
We had a version of this for a while, and misplaced it, and we miss it. Sure, you can peel garlic cloves by smashing them with the side of a knife, but the silicone peeler keeps the peels contained and the cloves uncrushed.
$8.99 at zyllis.com
This isn’t a traditional kitchen tool, but it’s a recent hit at our house. The outer part of this cup is made of silicone, and it surrounds a cool pack insert. Freeze the cup for a few hours, then fill it with a drink: soda, lemonade, whatever. Squeeze the cup and it squishes the contents into a slushy. Is it science? Is it magic? Will vodka freeze in this? We try not to ask too many questions. $16.99 at vat19.com
This isn’t a traditional kitchen tool, but it’s a recent hit at our house. The outer part of this cup is made of silicone, and it surrounds a cool pack insert. Freeze the cup for a few hours, then fill it with a drink: soda, lemonade, whatever. Squeeze the cup and it squishes the contents into a slushy. Is it science? Is it magic? Will vodka freeze in this? We try not to ask too many questions. 
$16.99 at vat19.com
 
 
 
Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items.
This week’s recipe roundup features meals that help transition us from the winter cold into gently warmer spring weather.
If you are looking to get dinner on the table fast, we have some recipes for you. Each of these takes less than 30 minutes and contains protei…
Here are five ways older adults can establish a fitness routine, how self care can help you manage stress, and more videos to improve your life.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just wanting to cut back on meat a little, this week’s recipe roundup has a variety of meatless meals to t…
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