When we first first moved aboard Que Tal, I didn’t realize the previous owners hadn’t left a trivet, and didn’t take one with me. So for the first six months, I used dish towels and rags under my hot pans. And, to be honest, while they did protect the counter and table, the rags weren’t really satisfactory.
Pans slid on towels, and heat went through them so that I had to have a thick pile for any dish I’d just taken out of the boat. Still, when I looked for a trivet ashore, all I could find were tiles. We were in Mexico and they were very pretty, but not really practical for a boat: heavy, breakable and pans were prone to slip on them — and the tiles would slide on the counter.
Then, while looking on Amazon before a trip back to the US, I found the solution: silicone trivets. They do an excellent job of heat protection, they are naturally non-skid, they’re lightweight, unbreakable, easy to keep clean (see some other trivets that are horrid to clean) and don’t make a sound in the cupboard. And just for fun, they come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
I like the LeCreuset trivets, shown here, because of their ridged pattern that gives better air flow than the ones that are totally flat.
And in keeping with the cruiser policy of only having multi-purpose items aboard, the silicone trivets work for numerous things in the galley:
- putting hot items on a counter or table
- cooling racks for cookies, cakes and bread
- non-slip surface under bowls or plates
- the smaller ones also work as pot holders and jar grips
- when stored, will pad other items
These are available in red, turqouise, white, blue, yellow and green in several different shapes on Amazon, which has the best prices I’ve found (and free ground shipping on most orders over $25 — combine one or two of these with another item to hit the minimum):
- Le Creuset Silicone Set of 2 Mini-Cool Tools (4″ round each) (Update: these are currently unavailable. Don’t know if they’ll be in stock again soon.)