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I absolutely love my Mason Cash ceramic mixing bowl and its something I cook with constantly. The bowl is a beige colour and has a very old fashioned, traditional look. In fact, it's just like the one my nan used to use to make all of her amazing cakes and dishes and it always reminds me of her so when I saw it in the shop years ago I knew I had to purchase on for my own kitchen. I thought it was just a replica but no, according to an article I read, "the bowl has been in use for over 100 years and it is still practical for today's kitchen, whether professional or in the home."
The bowl is made of a heavy earthenware and it is very heavy and a bit hard to move around at times to be honest but this just means it can withstand a lot of heavy mixing, cooking, beating and whipping in it and it still stays as good as new. Apparently there is a reason why the bowls are so heavy. The bowls are heavy enough to counter the tendency to move during manual mixing and the pattern is designed to help grip the bowl, whilst also adding to its timeless elegance. The shape allows you to hold the bowl in one arm easily while the other can be used for beating the mixture, whereas the wide shallow shape is just right for kneading dough.
The design on the front of the bowl is really nice and decorative in my opinion and you wouldn't actually know that it is made that way so you can get a better grip although looking at it I can see what they mean. Around the rim there is a triangle shape and then there are evenly spaced rectangles with diamonds in the middle. Each shape is slightly raised in places so I see how this would make the bowl easier to grip and offers you some friction. I do find this bowl easy to hold when I have it at an angle in my hands and I think these shapes help.
As I've mentioned above the colour of the bowl to me looks beige but it is actually called Cane and is this traditional colour which was present due to the clays that were used in early manufacture. I like that they still keep the same colour to this day and it's probably why it looks such much like my nan's bowls of old. The inside of the bowl is white which, according to Mason Cash, makes it easy for the cook to see the colour and consistency of the mixture ensuring the perfect result. The inside is really smooth which is good because then when your mixture is ready it pours out of the bowl well into your cooking pans and it also makes it really easy to clean afterwards although you can put these bowls in your dishwasher safely. I always put mine in the dishwasher and it comes out really clean with no cracks or damage.
The bowls are said to be chip resistant but unfortunatly I have actually chipped mine on the side at the top but I did give it a fair whack although it does not make any difference to the effectiveness of the bowl. All in all a great traditional kitchen item.
Category: Baking Utensils / A design classic that's been a familiar sight in kitchens for decades the Mason Cash mixing bowl has a white interior to reflect light and make it easier to see what you're mixing / Microwave and dishwasher safe.