I Love This Dish Rack (and You Will, Too)

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At some point over the past few months, I realized that I had started thinking about every meal in the context of how many pots, pans, utensils, plates, and knives would need to be dirtied in its pursuit. It's a recipe for justifying copious amounts of take-out—which, granted, is a great thing to do right now when so many restaurants need our support—but also a surefire way to slowly descend into madness. If trying to suss out how many leftovers you can eke out of a particular recipe doesn't push you over the edge, I assure you, overthinking the number of bowls you use while cooking will.

I should note: I am an extremely fortunate owner of a dishwasher. I've always appreciated the privilege of having one in New York City, but as my fiancé and I found ourselves taking multiple coffee and snack breaks, having a drink (or two) at night, and of course, eating three meals a day from home, our cutlery and glassware simply weren't able to keep pace. So, l started handwashing things more and more often—and that's when the Simplehuman dish rack came into my life.

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To buy: Simplehuman Dish Rack, $75; amazon.com

Most dish racks are designed to do just two things: take up minimal counter space, and hold your wet items until they're dry enough to put away. While Simplehuman's battleship of an offering doesn't have a tiny footprint, it's worth every inch it occupies. I've always hated how icky the drip mat underneath can get (I know you're supposed to clean it regularly, but this typically just hasn't been at the top of my to-do list). When I saw that this rack had a convenient, adjustable spout to direct right into my sink, sans-mat, I was elated. No more gunk or wondering "is that mildew?!" I'd be lying if I said I hadn't placed a wet frying pan in my dish rack simply to watch the water trickle right into the sink. It's the little things, really.

I'm also incredibly fond of the wine glass attachment, which makes it easy to dry whatever stemware I used that night without worrying about shattering glass or ending up with residual water stains. If you're not a frequent drinker, this part of the rack is removable, so you don't have to sacrifice any additional space for it. On the other end of the rack, there are several prongs designed to dry mugs; I regularly use one for my reusable Chemex filter, which I was (much to my fiancé's dismay) letting languish in the sink after my morning brew.

Will this dish rack stop me from game-planning the minutiae of my cooking decisions? Probably not. Rome wasn't built in a day, after all. But now that the first thing I see when I walk past my little kitchen is a sleek, stainless steel rack, the cycle of constantly keeping myself fed, hydrated, and full feels like a bit less of a challenge.

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To buy: Simplehuman Dish Rack, $75; amazon.com

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