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Gadgets: Silicone Slip-On Pour Spout by RSVP

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I bought my Silicone Slip-On Pour Spout ($4.99 at The Kitchen Outlet) on a whim, intrigued only by its unassuming shape and inconsequential price tag. I had nothing to lose but a fiver, so into the bag in went. Like my silicone universal pot lid, it's become one of those surprise accessories that rarely finds its way off my pots—except, of course, for its routine run through the dishwasher.

It's a simple concept, really. With its two tightly pursed lips, the spout slips onto any pot and stays put, allowing you to pour precisely from one container to another. You might use it to pour boiling water going into a small mug for tea, hot fruity messes of jam ready for their cans, or thick chocolate sauces to be delicately drizzled over a cake. They're all made that much easier, so much less spill-prone, when your pot has a proper spout. For a klutz like me, the savings are in the paper towels—likely already enough to compensate for the spout's price in a few short weeks.

There are times when I'll slip on the pour spout at a slightly awkward angle and its job is complicated just a bit, but the spout moves around easily when necessary.It fits on most pots (the lip on my favorite stainless steel Cuisinart pot is just a bit too pronounced, though I can make it work) and even my KitchenAid bowl. Cleaning? It's silicone, so it's a breeze. What's not to like? I've yet to find out.

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