There is one thing every kitchen needs and that is a kitchen counter oil tray to corral cooking oil, utensils, butter and other frequently used items for easy access. Organizing all of these items on a tray contains the clutter and establishes order. My butter bell and kitchen counter oil tray have generated a lot of interest so I am sharing tips for mastering your own tray.
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My kitchen counter oil tray includes a utensil crock with utensils, a pepper grinder, a butter bell, a small marble bowl for salt and an oil dispenser we brought home from a glass-blowing village in France, all of which are kept on a cake stand that serves as a catchall tray. Other things you may want to add include a mortar, an herb plant, garlic, vinegar, tasting spoons, flowers or anything that you use often while cooking.
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How to Master the Kitchen Counter Oil Tray
In terms of styling your tray, here are my tips:
- I recommend starting with the base, i.e. a tray.
- Select pieces that complement one another without being too matchy-matchy.
- Mix the height, size and texture of the pieces you select.
- Think outside the box. For example, the catchall tray doesn’t have to be a Lazy Susan. It can be a platter, basket, cutting board, pedestal, cheese board or a cake stand like mine.
- Try to include something unique or vintage.
- Lastly, if you have upper cabinets or floating shelves above your tray, make sure you have room.
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