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I really love to browse in the Aladdin’s cave that is my local kitchen shop. I have now acquired a large number of tools and gadgets for use in my kitchen; some of them more useful that others! One of the most useful items I have is a silicone spoon made by kitchen craft. I have now been using this spoon for over a year and so feel able to review it!
Kitchen craft has been in business since 1850, originally as ironmongers. Today the company makes a range of high quality kitchen gadgets and tools. The brand is widely available from stockists such as Tesco, John Lewis, Amazon and Debenhams to name a few. The kitchen craft web site lists the full range and can also tell you the location of your nearest stockist.
I have always used wooden spoons to stir but find that they tend to become stained and can split. I decided to switch to using a silicone spoon after seeing a friend’s colourful range of spoons. Kitchen craft silicone spoons come in a range of bright colours including pink, orange, red, blue, yellow and purple. I opted for the yellow as it reminded me of sunshine.
The spoon is 27 cm in length and made from soft, flexible silicone. It can withstand temperatures up to 260 degrees c and is dishwasher safe and hygienic.
Overall I love using this spoon, finding its soft handle comfortable to hold. The spoon bowl is the perfect shape to stir sauces and scrambled eggs as the edges can be used to ensure the food doesn’t stick. The soft silicone makes the spoon safe to use on non stick surfaces. I tend to use this spoon in preference to others as it is so easy to clean. The spoon comes with a 5 year warranty.
I like bright accessories for my kitchen and will keep a look out for anything blue which is my current colour scheme. I have got several large kitchen spoons but this blue Kitchen Craft silicon spoon is one of my favourites. I bought it from Tesco for £6 but you can currently get it for around £4.50 from Amazon. I have got other accessories in this range and colour and really rate the look and quality of them. They also come in shades of orange, yellow, purple, green and pink and these bright colours really brighten your kitchen.
This spoon is 100% silicone and is safe to use on non stick surfaces. It is stain resistant which is good as traditional wooden spoons can get very stained especially if you are cooking curry or other recipes with strong colours. It is heat resistant so is suitable to put in the dishwasher, but I usually just wash it in the sink after use and find that it cleans very quickly. It is heat resistant to 260°C (500°F) so can be used for a wide variety of uses.
I use this spoon for a wide range of kitchen activities but mostly for baking as I find that it seems to mix ingredients up smoothly without them sticking to the spoon which saves time as you are not constantly scraping the mixture off your spoon. I also think it is more hygienic than wooden spoons as they seem harder to keep clean and often look stained and retain strong smells. The spoon measures 29cm long and it has a small hole at the top of the handle so you can hang it on a hook if you like things on show, but I keep mine in a drawer with my other baking accessories.
It is quite rigid and I am confident that it isn't going to bend while I am using it, but it does feel light to the touch. I have also used it for stir frying as it can withstand a high heat but I generally just use it for my baking.
It has a five year guarantee which is the mark of a good product but I can see it lasting longer than this. I have had mine for about 18 months and it hasn't shown any signs of wear and the colour has not faded. I love this bright coloured spoon and would definitely recommend it for a modern kitchen. You can get cheaper spoons but this one is good quality and feels good to use.
Like most people, I have a collection of cheap wooden cooking spoons, which are perfectly adequate most of the time. As I am a keen baker, however, I decided to buy a cooking spoon that could be used just for baking, as I find the wooden ones tend to get stained and can sometimes carry odours of stronger smelling foods such as curry.
This silicone cooking spoon from Colourworks is available in lots of different colours, all of which are bright and frankly a little garish. They'll certainly brighten up a dull kitchen, but they're unlikely to fit in with any traditional or country style kitchens. I opted for the pink one, purely because out of the colours on offer in Lakeland where I purchased it, the pink one was my preferred colour. It didn't matter too much to me, because it was going to be stored in the drawer when not in use, and at least the brightness of the colour meant I could tell my husband not to use the pink spoon for cooking everyday dinners. This ensures my cakes have sole use of this spoon, which was the idea behind buying it.
The spoon is the same size as most standard cooking spoons, I'd estimate it to be the length of a long ruler, so around 30cm. You'll notice it feels much sturdier than the wooden spoons, however, and there's no chance of this bending or splitting during use. It's not heavy as such, but does have a tad more weight than a wooden spoon. There is a hole at the top of the spoon to hang it by should you wish, but personally I prefer to store mine in the drawer to keep it clean and out of sight.
Being silicone makes this spoon ideal for mixing cake mix, as it allows the cake mix to drop off a little easier than using a wooden spoon. This makes the mixing process a bit quicker and easier as you're not having to stop to scrape the spoon every few minutes. It feels more hygienic using this for cakes rather than the wooden spoons which are easily stained, and it is dishwasher safe. It is also heat resistant, but I only use mine for mixing cakes and batters so I haven't put this to the test by using it for mixing food in the wok for example. It does, however, have a five year guarantee, which is always a good sign of quality in a product.
Currently costing £4.45 from Amazon, these silicone spoons are excellent for keen bakers, and are more hygienic and easier to work with than wooden spoons. They are obviously a little more expensive than the wooden spoons, which can be picked up for less than £1, but at the same time it's not a huge price tag. They are sold in Lakeland, which is where I picked up mine, when the Colourworks range was on a 3-for-2 offer.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)