09 Feb The Gecko Grip
Keeping stuff from sliding is huge on a boat and I’ve written about a number of solutions such as nonslip shelf paper and sticky pads. But sometimes you just need something that’s quick and easy for a temporary job — such as keeping a cutting board in place. Enter The Gecko Grip — invented and marketed by a liveaboard “cruiser-in-waiting” and TBG reader, Julie Lambert.
Julie got the idea while attending culinary school and hating the wet paper towels that students kept putting under their cutting boards to keep them from sliding on the counter — they’d quickly soak up all sorts of meat and vegetable juice — YUCK! She then realized that they’d also be great on the boat, where not just cutting boards but everything tries to slide.
The Gecko Grip is a textured silicone strip about 10 inches long and 1 inch wide, sold in pairs and marketed particularly to keep cutting boards from slipping or rocking. Julie gave me a set last week to test and review, and I’ve found them to be incredibly handy for far more than just my cutting board!
To steady a cutting board, just slip one Gecko Grip under each side of the board — it works better than any nonslip board has, or any other way I’ve tried of making a regular board non-slip.
But here’s the neat part: since they’re made of silicone (100% silicone, no fillers), they’re heat resistant up to 500 degrees F. So that makes them perfect to use as a trivet, particularly with large pans that hang way over a standard trivet (I’ve been using them under a 9″ x 13″ pan and cookie sheets). Air flows under the pan and the pan doesn’t slide under normal conditions (obviously, it might with particularly “boisterous” conditions).
I’ve always gotten irritated when trying to serve something from a hot pan where the pan is larger than the trivet — as you cut down, or slide a spatula under the food, the pan rocks. And there I am, trying to steady the pan, use the spatula and hold a plate all at once . . . GRRR! Since you can put a Gecko Grip at each end of the pan, it won’t rock and try to get away from you. Ditto for taking cookies off a cookie sheet. It’s like having exactly the right size trivet for any pan!
Even if a dish isn’t hot, the Gecko Grips make a great nonslip pad for serving dishes. I used them under a platter of crackers, cheese and sausage and again it was nice to have it be both nonslip and non-tippy.
It also is an easy and convenient jar opener. I don’t have the world’s best grip due to some stupid sports injuries over the years and am always fumbling around to find a damp rag or my large trivet to use to grip the lid. I found that I’m just leaving my Gecko Grips on the counter and grabbing one of them and wrapping it around the outside of the lid. With small bottles, I grab the tails for some added leverage in getting the lid off.
Silicone is also really easy to wash off; there’s little that will stain it in my experience and should you get food around the raised circles, a nail brush or toothbrush easily get it out.
I’m sure there are tons of other uses for the Gecko Grip and that I just haven’t found them all yet. But keeping my cutting board from moving and being just the right size trivet for so many pans is a pretty good start!
Special thanks to Julie for coming up with such a great product for the galley . . . and ashore! She and husband Mark, together with their 8-year-old dog Ziggy, are currently on the boat in Corpus Christi, TX.