An improvement on the old-fashioned pastry bench scraper promises relief. The bench shovel is a 6-inch-wide stainless blade with a handle and edges.

It’s that last foot to the pot that gets us. We invariably make a mess loading chopped vegetables or meat into stove pots.

An improvement on the old-fashioned pastry bench scraper promises relief. The bench shovel is a 6-inch-wide stainless blade with a handle and edges. It scoops up your work and transfers it to the stove. Then it neatly cleans up cutting surfaces for the next job. Dishwasher-safe models are available at $7.99 online or in cookware departments.

The Repository (Canton, Ohio)