Sometimes, it’s the smallest, most unexpected things that can be the biggest help around the house. My most recent “How did I ever live without this?” moment came when I received a packaged in the mail of silicone pumpkin lids. Yes, you read that sentence right! These lids were created by the kitchen geniuses at Charles Viancin, who create silicone, heat-resistant lids that you can use in lieu of cling film or paper towels in the kitchen for both cooking food and keeping it fresh. And, to keep it cute for autumn, they have a special line designed to look like the top of a pumpkin. I loved the whole concept, so I was really curious to give it a try!
I received a whole array of products to try out: The full line of pumpkin lids, in sizes from extra large to extra small; a banana leaf lid, which is the perfect size for casserole dishes; and a lillypad bottle stopper.
As I expected, the larger lids have been incredibly useful to me, for so many reasons! Because they are safe to use during cooking, I’ve been using these bad boys in the microwave anytime I need to reheat something. Because I am so
cheap frugal, I don’t usually buy paper towels, but then I kick myself when I need to heat something up that requires covering. The pumpkin lids address this problem perfectly and make my frugal heart happy since they are reusable. They’re also dishwasher safe, which makes them easy to use, and reduces waste. Not to mention, things heat better since it creates an even seal. Love, love, love!
In addition to reheating, these make storage a breeze, replacing the need for putting cling film on dishes. I am the leftover queen – again, this goes back to the “Waste not, want not” thing – and I also don’t like creating any more mess than I have to, so I’m always wrapping up dishes and sticking them in the fridge. I also am in the habit of putting foil on top of small bowls and plates, since I often get full while eating and will put my bowl in the fridge to finish later. Since the lids come in a selection of sizes, it makes it so easy to cover whatever dish I’m using – and again, it creates an airtight seal better than cling film or foil can. But the uses don’t stop there!
One thing that’s been driving me crazy this summer is the prevalence of fruit flies that won’t go away. After pouring myself a glass of wine and having to dump it 5 seconds later after a fly landed in it, I had to start guarding my wine by putting a piece of paper on top of it – I really began to understand how tapas was invented! I got sick of doing this, so I began serving my wine in a water bottle so that I could easily cover it up with a lid. This worked, but it wasn’t exactly the connoisseur’s way to enjoy wine. 😉 But as soon as my package of pumpkin lids arrived, I knew I had my solution! The smallest lid is 6″, which is the perfect size to cover my wine glass. So now when I sip on a cocktail, I just give it a little pumpkin hat in between sips! It’s cute, it’s funny, and most importantly, the flies can’t get my wine! Take that, bugs!!
Also assisting my wine enjoyment is the handy little bottle stopper, pictured above!
If you are like me and enjoy wine, leftovers, super useful kitchen hacks, and Halloween decorations, I think you’ll find that Charles Viancin addresses all your needs in one product! And since the line ranges in price from $7.99 to $15.99, it’s the perfect budget-friendly item that will save you money in the future. Click here to locate a retailer near you!