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Those people who read my reviews quite regularly will know that I love a good kitchen gadget. I like to have products that save time and space or just generally make my life easier. These Jamie Oliver magnetic measuring spoons are something that I won a few months ago at a 'Jamie At Home' party for the price of a £1 raffle ticket! Looking online I can see that these sell for around the £6-£8 mark and Amazon are currently selling them for £7.49 including free super saver delivery.
This magnetic measuring spoon set is three spoons that are three different sizes with a spoon measuring part on either end and the spoons are designed to be stored one on top of the other to save drawer space. These spoons are made of plastic so they are lightweight and simple to use. The handles are magnetic and this is where they stick together. The handles are curved which means that they are comfortable to hold and fit in my hand easily whether I am wanting to use one end or both ends of a spoon. They are strong and not flimsy at all which is a huge plus point of course. I have dropped one or two of these before and they've not suffered at all for it showing that they are durable. These clip together with ease and it is simple to pull them apart when I want to use one also.
The sizes of the 6 different spoon sections are:
Largest spoon: 1 Tablespoon & 1/2 Teaspoon (15ml & 2.5ml)
Medium spoon: 1 Dessertspoon & 1/4 Teaspoon (10ml & 1.25ml)
Smaller spoon: 1 Teaspoon & A Pinch (5ml & 0.6ml)
The measurements appear on the back of the spoons for easy viewing but I know which is which off by heart anyway now so I rarely refer to this.
I love the magnetic feature of this and of course this is the main selling point of this product. When I want to find them I am able to spot it in my gadget drawer and pull it out knowing that all of the spoons will be attached and I've never had a problem with them coming loose from one another or falling off when I pick them up out of the drawer. I find that I use at least two of these measurement segments each time I am making a recipe and this makes these incredibly useful to me as I have everything that I need to hand in just a few seconds.
These measuring spoons make life simpler for me and I am able to accurately measure out spices and other ingredients when cooking or baking. As I love to make home cooked meals as much as possible this is ideal for me really and couldn't be improved at all as a product!
When it comes to cleaning these I like to separate them in my sink and then clean them individually. I found that if I kept them together and tried to just clean the measuring parts that it was a nightmare and nothing was cleaned properly. Of course if they meet one another in the sink before I start the washing up they can clip back together but this is unusual and easily solved of course.
In all I love these measuring spoons. Obviously I got mine for £1 which was fantastic but I also love that they are magnetic, simple to clean, have easy to see measurements and that the thinner ends can go in my spice jars with ease reducing the amount of spice wastage that occurs when measuring out ingredients.
If you are interested in buying this I believe that selected products are available on Amazon and in Asda but alternatively you can go to a Jamie At Home party if you know someone who is having one and perhaps win something in a raffle like I did!
These were bought for me as a present by a relative along with some other kitchen ware so I have no idea how much she paid for them however currently on Amazon you can get them for £4.95 reduced from a price of £7.
The idea behind these spoons being magnatised it that when stored in a draw they will stay together and hence you will always be able to find the size of spoon that you want easily. I guess it is a neat enough idea but it was not particularly a problem that had been causing me much of an issue prior to owning these measuring spoons. The spoons are actually plastic with magnets inside of them to secure the spoons together when not in use and they are double headed with a spoon shape at either end that is a different size. Hence you get six measuring spoon heads in all but only in three spoons so again they take up less space in the draw.
In terms of range the largest spoon is a 15ml head while the smallest is 0.6ml which you would use when the recipe calls for a pinch of something. The 15 ml Measure equates to a tablespoon and there are also measures for a dessertspoon, full teaspoon and a 1/2 and 1/4 teaspoon size as well. The spoons are black in colour and the size of each spoon is in very clear white characters so it is easy to see the size and after a number of washes the lettering is still nice and clear.
The magnets are quite strong and in a friends kitchen I have seen these stored on the side of the fridge rather than in a draw where they may become attached to other metal objects. I find them easy to use however I do find them easier to grip when holding the narrower end of the spoon and doing larger measures for cooking rather than the smaller measures, however they are nice and narrow so they can go in small containers rather than you always having to pour the contents into the spoon.
Easy to use and easy to clean these are a well designed kitchen utensil and a snip at under a fiver.
As regular readers of my reviews will already be aware, we are fond of gadgets in our house and we own many different kinds, you could say it has become a bit of an obsession with us - me in particular. I don't really go looking for them, it's just that we sort of stumble across them from time to time. Sometimes they are so good we wonder how we had ever managed without them and other times they have been a complete mistake and a waste of money. It is often ironic that some of the more expensive items we have bought have turned out to be probably the most disappointing but then on the flip side the reverse is also true, in that some of the cheapest little plastic gadgets and gizmoes we thought were a bit gimmicky at the time, have actually turned out to be really good investments.
Jamie Oliver is one of the latest celebrity chefs currently promoting his own range of kitchware and kitchen appliances. Over the past few months we have bought many little Jamie Oliver kitchenware stuff, ranging from pots and pans to plates and crockery - you name it, we probably have it in our house somewhere! One of the most recent utensils we have bought in this range has been the Jamie Oliver Magnetic Measuring Spoons which we didn't go out deliberatly to buy, we had gone out to look for a duck down quilt for the attic room and we found these in the kitchenware aisle in Asda of all places! It was our little lad who first drew our attention to them, shouting at us to come and look at the magic spoons!
I cannot stress what a godsend these three little plastic spoons have been since we have brought them home. We do a lot of cooking in our house as a family and our little lad in particular loves to help his mum in the kitchen making cakes and pies and all manner of different things - he says he wants to be a chef when he grows up - or an inventor (of gadgets, I hope!)
These three spoons initially looked like magic ones to the little lad as they are all magnetic and 'clip' or appear joined togther by the handles where the magnet is. I initially did not realise these spoons were actually plastic until I went to pick them up - I had thought they were metallic, just like an ordinary spoon. However, considering they are made from plastic, I have to say that they are considerably strong plastic and extremely durable and do not seem to be flimsy or lightweight in the slightest.
They are a good size and they all have a curved handle which makes them easy to keep hold of, even if your hands are slightly damp. They all clip together and this makes the a fantastic space saving device as they fit very easily into our cutlery drawer in the kitchen. Also, because they are all stuck together by the magnetic force, it means that they so not seperate and they are easy to find evey time you look for one of them as they do not fall off one another and stay as one. This is a great time saving device, especially if you are in a hurry and looking for one quickly in the kitchen as we often are!
What me and my othe half really love about these spoons is that they easch have a different size on them. For example, the smallest sized spoon measures out exactly a teaspoon, the medium sized spoon measures out exactly a dessert spoon, and the largest sized spoon measures out exactly a tablespon. They are all extremely accurate measurements and very easy to use if you follow recipes very closely as we do most nights as we like to eat as much home cooked and fresh foods as possible.
Another thing me and my other half like about these spoons is that if you are at all unsure a
bout what sized spoon you are actually using, then all you have to do is look on the reverse of each spoon and you will clearly see the measurement - it tells you what size you are holding. This is excellent if you are not so good with your eyes as the measurement is large enough for us to see without using our glasses.
I cannot really say anthing negative about these spoons unless I mention perhaps the one tiny gripe we have. We like to use a lot of herbs and spices in our house and those tiny little spice jars do have very small lids and unfortunately try as we might, we are unable to fit the teaspoon sized spoon inside the actual jar - it just will not fit at all, which is a bit of a problem but one I am prepared to overlook as they are great in every other way imaginable.
They are also dishwasher safe and you can either put them all together to wash standing up in your dishwasher or you can seperate them all and wash them that way instead. If we do wash tme in our dishwasher we always make sure to seperate them before hand as if they are all clipped together you may find that the water cannot get into the spoon in the middle ans the magnet is quite strong.
They cost only £6 for the set of three from Asda but last ime I was in there I noticed there is a sale on with the Jamie Oliver range of products so chances are they may actually be cheaper and reduced now if you are lucky!.
Very highly recommended by all of us.
I was invited to a Jamie Oliver party a few weeks ago. Being a little dense I thought it was going to be a dinner party but it turns out that it was in actual fact going to be similar to a tuperware party where we could look at all his products with a glass or two of wine and have the option of buying them. As I had already confirmed that I was going I couldn't cancel but I made sure to take my purse with me as I know his products are expensive as I already owned some.
I ended up having to buy a few items as my friend was holding the party and I know she is desperately trying to earn some extra money. Luckily for her and me I am obsessed with both Jamie Oliver and kitchen products in general so it wasn't the biggest hardship for me having to buy them.
I bought a new flavour shaker as I had broken the one I already owned and I also got these magnetic measuring spoons which I think were the cheapest thing I bought at I think £7.
The magnetic measuring spoons are a set of three spoons for measuring which are made of plastic with tiny little magnets in them so that you can stick them all together which in theory should ensure that you don't need to rummage in your drawers to find the one you need.
The spoons come are double ended with them measuring one teaspoon and a half teaspoon, one desertspoon and a ¼ teaspoon and one tablespoon and a pinch. They are designed to be narrow at the ends to be able to fit inside spice jars and this wasn't something I thought of when buying them but is something that I have found really useful in practise since owning them.
The measurements seem really accurate although I have no way of telling if they are 100% correct I have never noticed any of the recipes I have tried with them being off. All in all I have been pretty happy with these spoons since owning them and have used them much more than I envisioned when buying them as originally I was just looking for something cheap to get.
They are fine to use in the dishwasher and as they aren't all attached by a ring like my old ones were I can just pick the one I want and not have a load of spoons jangling round dragging down the spoon I am using and causing spillages. My one criticism is that the magnets could be a little stronger and I find that sometimes when I go to get them out of the drawer they have separated and I have to hunt around to find the spoon I want. It isn't a big deal but I just think that why put magnets on in the first place if you aren't going to make them strong enough.
Although the spoons are something that I didn't think I would use all that much they have turned into one of the things I use most whilst following a recipe and I have really found them to be worth the money.
There are certain celebrity chefs who seem to put their name to a product regardless of whether it is any good or not. It would seem though that Jamie Oliver doesn't fall into that category as all of the products we've bought recently endorsed by him seem to be good, well thought out ideas that solve problems or enhance the cooking experience. The latest product we have found ourselves drawn to are the Jamie Oliver Magnetic Measuring Spoons.
What Was The Problem
Now you may have guessed from my previous reviews that my wife and I do enjoy cooking. We like to try different recipes and Jen really enjoys baking, however each recipe seems to call for different units of measure. As a result we had six or seven different spoons scattered in a drawer that would need hunting out every time we wanted to either cook or bake something.
We had been looking for something to combine all of these spoons for ages, a simple way of keeping them all together and that is when we came across the Jamie Oliver Magnetic Measuring Spoons in John Lewis. They are a set of three plastic spoons with heads at both ends providing different units of measure from a pinch to 1 tablespoon. Unlike the other products of a similar type we had seen these are held together by magnets within the spoon, rather than a loop of plastic meaning they stick together and stay together in the drawer.
Are They Any Good
To say they are good would be an understatement, as they have quickly become one of our most used gadgets within the Kitchen. Everything we cook at weekends is done from scratch and that is where these really do prove to be a god send. They are easy to find, easy to use and just as easy to clean up when you are finished. The magnets mean they take up very little space in the drawer or can even be attached to the fridge. Within the set you get 3 spoons with six heads consisting of:
Spoon 1 - 1 Tablespoon (15ml) & half Teaspoon (2.5ml)
Spoon 2 - 1 Dessertspoon (10ml) & quarter Teaspoon (1.25ml)
Spoon 3 - 1 Teaspoon (5ml) & a pinch (0.6ml)
With cleanly marked quantities on the black spoons in white writing it makes these incredibly easy to use. All of the spoons are designed with narrower ends in order to get into spice jars, making measuring out quantities much easier. Once you've finished preparing your dish these are easy to wash by hand and should you be lucky enough are also dishwasher safe.
I think it would be fair to say that both my wife and I would happily recommend the Jamie Oliver Magnetic Measuring Spoons. For £6 they are great value and will really provide a more effective method of measuring out quantities whilst cooking. We have managed to get rid of at least 6 other items from one of our drawers to replace it with this rather nifty item that we would both happily recommend to anyone.
Jamie Oliver endorses a nice range of kitchen products from mugs, plates and machines to these nifty measuring spoons. He of course is the boyish cook with boundless energy who is telling us and helping us to eat better and cook better. I have a number of his cookbooks which are great and when it comes to cooking you usually always need some measuring spoons. Instead of just a pinch here and a bit there its nice to actually measure things properly.
These spoons are quite small and don't take up too much room in the kitchen draw. I got them when I purchased the flavour shaker as they came together as a sort of deal which was really nice. I often use the spoons to measure out my spices and mix of ingredients so they work well with the flavour shaker. What I like about the spoons is that they do not come on a ring like other measuring spoons do. Most spoons clip onto a ring which make them a bit bulky but the nice thing about these is that they sit together with the aid of magnets. The magnets are in the middle of the spoons so they clip together well and the magnet is strong so they stay together in your draw and are always there together when you need them.
The spoons are made of a thick plastic and are of good quality as they have held up well. The plastic makes them easy to wash.
What I also like about the spoons is that you get two in one. What do I mean by this, well? Usually on a ring of measuring spoons you only get one measurement per spoon as one end has to hook onto the ring but with these spoons you get two measurements on one spoon, handy and space saving in my opinion. This means you only get three spoons in the set but six measurements. One spoon has a 1 tablespoon (15ml) measurement on it and the other end has a half teaspoon (2.5ml). One spoon has a dessertspoon (10ml) on one end and a quarter teaspoon (1.25ml) on the other end. The last spoon has a 1 teaspoon (5ml) and a pinch (0.6ml). So, you can still cook with a pinch of this!!
Good, well designed spoons.