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It may seem a little odd to be writing a review about a spoon, but this is no ordinary spoon - It's a preserving spoon.
August in our house, means foraging among the hedgerows for blackberries to make jams and jellies, for the store cupboard, and pies and crumbles for the freezer.
I was lucky enough this year to be given a Maslin pan for my jam making. This is a traditional pan made especially for this purpose, and with a huge capacity of around 20 pints, I needed a new larger spoon as the ones I already owned wouldn't be suitable.
This spoon is made of Beechwood and is of solid construction. Sadly I can't find out if it is responsibly sourced, which would have been good to know. The overall length is 41cm or 16 inches and is double the size of any of my other spoons.
There is a great feature on this too, as it has a hook on the back which I can utilise to hook it on the side of the pan preventing it slipping in to my pot, and potentially getting scalded by trying to fish it out.
This doesn't have a bowl as such as it's flat on either side. Where the bowl would be, it is shaped by scooping out the wood to form a hollow.
The sides and bottom of the spoon are perfectly straight and angled to enable you to scrape jam from the sides and the bottom of the pan to prevent it from burning, and spoiling you wonderful produce.
If you tend to make chutneys too, I would recommend buying a second one, and keeping each one for their dedicated purpose, as the vinegar smell from chutneys may seep into the wood, and may taint any other food you use this with.
This could be used for anything really where you are cooking a vast quantity, for example stews or chilli's in a big pressure cooker, or even if you just need a long implement for stirring, such as paint, or when you are dyeing clothes etc by hand.
This versatile spoon can be purchased exclusively from Lakeland at a cost of £4.49 which is a very reasonable price for quality such as this.
All in all, if you are a regular at making preserves, you will find this an extremely useful tool and I highly recommend it. I'm sure you will find so many other uses for it too.
Many thanks for reading my review. I do hope it has been of some use to you.
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