Joseph Joseph DrawerStore Kitchen Drawer Organizer
Last updated date: April 10, 2020
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In our analysis of 35 expert reviews, the Joseph Joseph Joseph Joseph DrawerStore Kitchen Organizer placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
This revolutionary design is such a simple idea, it leaves you wondering why it hasn’t been thought of sooner. By angling and layering each compartment on top of each other, it enables you to store a full cutlery set in less than half the space of a conventional cutlery tray. Items can be placed inside either head or handle first, but the design also features handy icons for easy identification. Non-slip feet on the base stop the unit from sliding around in your drawer. Wash and dry by hand. Suitable for drawers with a minimum height of 3. 25 inches.
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An Overview On Flatware Trays
Every kitchen has a silverware drawer, and that drawer needs a flatware tray to help keep things organized. But you may not realize just how many options there are for storing flatware until you start shopping.
The first thing you’ll need to do is measure the drawer you’ve chosen for your silverware. Many kitchens are built with a wider cabinet for silverware, but you don’t have to stick with that. You can find a narrower silverware tray that will let you use any drawer, saving those wider drawers for other items.
The size of the compartments can also vary. Some are narrower than others, so it’s important to consider the design of your silverware before buying a tray to hold it all. One handy feature on some flatware trays is an expandable compartment that allows you to widen your tray if you have a bigger drawer to accommodate it.
Plastic is the traditional material for flatware trays, but newer manufacturers have found that bamboo is a great alternative. This is an organic, eco-friendly way to organize your kitchen, so it’s well worth considering. However, it’s important to consider how sensitive bamboo can be to moisture. If you tend to put your silverware away before it’s completely dry, you could find your tray is prone to warping.
Flatware trays aren’t just for flatware, though. Some have actually found them useful for organizing makeup, cosmetic brushes, office supplies and more. This is especially true of flatware trays made from materials like bamboo, which have a more versatile look.
Slipping and sliding is an ongoing issue with plastic flatware trays. As you open and close your drawer, you may find you’re constantly moving your tray back into place. For that reason, newer trays now have nonslip material on the bottom to keep the tray from moving around.
DWYM Fun Fact
It’s probably not surprising that knives were the first eating utensils developed. Carved from stone, this design remained popular until the Bronze Age, when metalworkers began making metal knives out of materials like copper and bronze. But spoons have a long history, as well, having been traced all the way back to the Paleolithic era. During that time, people were believed to have enjoyed warm liquids using utensils that mimicked the shape of bowls. Later, seashells attached to wooden sticks and chips of wood to make something that looked closer to the modern spoon. Forks, surprisingly, have only been around for about 1,000 years, when they were reportedly introduced at the Venice wedding of the niece of the Byzantine emperor.
The Flatware Tray Buying Guide
- One of the handiest features on a silverware tray is a nonslip surface on the bottom. This will hold your silverware tray in place as you open and close the drawer.
- Nonslip material isn’t just for the underside of silverware trays. Some have lined compartments. That means you won’t have to worry about your silverware scooting around. It will stay in place no matter how often it’s jostled.
- Instead of a lining, some silverware trays use grips to make sure the silverware stays perfectly lined up.
- Occasionally, you’ll need to remove all silverware and wash your tray. Many plastic trays can be washed in the dishwasher. If you buy one made from a material like bamboo, though, you’ll only be able to wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Forks, knives and spoons aren’t the only items you’ll keep in your silverware tray. Many have an extra-wide compartment that allows you to store items like corkscrews, bottle openers and crab crackers. Make sure you choose one wide enough to store all the items you plan to keep there.
- If you opt for a plastic tray, make sure you choose one that can hold up under heat. This is especially true if you want to wash it in the dishwasher occasionally. Some can warp when exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Some are concerned with the chemicals that touch the utensils that then touch their food. If this is a worry for you, a bamboo tray may be the best choice. Regardless of the material you choose, though, look for one that’s approved by the FDA and free of BPA.
- Flatware tray manufacturers assume many consumers have a wider drawer they use for silverware. But you may choose to use a narrower drawer for that purpose, or your kitchen may not have wider drawers at all. It’s important to measure your drawer before making your purchase.