How to Master the Kitchen Counter Oil Tray

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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how to master the kitchen oil tray

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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Check out these 4 kitchen counter tray combos I put together:

1. Tray / Butter Bell / Mortar / Salt & Pepper Grinders / Utensil Crock / Oil Bottle

2. Galvanized Tray / Salt Keeper / Butter Bell / Salt & Pepper Grinders / Utensil Crock

3. Slate Tray / Butter Bell / Oil Bottle / Utensil Crock / Pepper Grinder/ Mortar / Small bowl for salt or garlic

4. Vintage Cutting Board / Spice Keeper / Butter Bell / Oil Bottle / Utensil Crock / Salt & Pepper Grinders

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