In the dark ages before I learned this trick, I was constantly balancing ladles, spatulas, and other kitchen utensils atop whatever pot or pan I was using at the moment, or worse, I would leave it on the counter. This would result in scaulding hot kitchen utensils or sauce on the counter.
Until one day, my mother in law suggested I put a small plate out by the stove.
And my, how everything changed.
I should feel stupid that I didn’t think of this before, but I don’t care. My counters are clean, and my fingers are unscathed!
What a time to be alive.