Product Type: Lakeland gadgets
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I had to save time on my jam making if I can!
Lakeland Stainless Steel Straining Funnel
Member Name: katykicker
Lakeland Stainless Steel Straining Funnel
Advantages: Easy to use, easy to clean, reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Doesn't work as well as I would like it to.
In the last two years my home and work life have changed radically. I spend more time at home now awake than I do at work which has been a big change for me. Initially I wasn't sure what to do with myself and now I spend my days keeping my home spotless, making baked goods and cooking fantastic dinners from scratch. This is fantastic for my husband and I as we both want to be healthier and having more time for cooking allows more thought to go in to healthy and nutritious meals.
Several of my friends work shift work and as such I often get together with different friends to do some cooking or baking and to share some of the tips and recipes that I've had the free time to discover. One thing that I have been doing for about six months to a year now is preparing my own jam. This jam making has increased in the last month or two as I branch out to trying other preserves and jarred goods such as piccalilli.
While browsing the aisles in Lakeland looking for a couple of items that I purchase regularly I came across this funnel. Now I already owned a plastic funnel but when I saw that this had the ability to strain to it also I felt that it would save me a large amount of time when it came to jarring up my home-made jam. I didn't baulk at all at the £9.49 price tag and instead picked it up instantly with basically no hesitation. As I had previously been using a sieve and then my plastic funnel I was confident that this would save me time and also be much easier to clean when I had finished with it. Also, because it is stainless steel and not plastic I have no worries about bacteria entering my jam as I can simply run boiling hot water and give this a good rinse just before I want to use it.
This is a stainless steel funnel and then there is the straining disc that you can remove if not required. This straining disc clips in to place thanks to two little spikes and it has a very large amount of tiny holes to ensure that the pips and seeds from fruit do not make it in to the jam. As I am quite fussy with jam anyway this is ideal for me as I need to be able to remove all the little bitty pieces that often spoil a nice jam scone for me.
Now when it comes to actually putting this funnel in to use it is not quite as straight forward as it sounds. The funnel is narrow, which isn't too much of a bad thing, however when it comes to straining the jam because the holes are so tiny it takes a long time for the straining to take place. This is not so great when it comes to jarring jam because the jam begins to set slightly and then the funnel becomes a little blocked and I have to put more effort in to removing the jam that is in the sieve to try and rinse the funnel clean and then carry on sieving before the jam sets completely. This of course is a real palaver and can be quite fiddly and annoying for me. The actual diameter of the funnel is around 5 inches which you'd think would be big enough but it really isn't with the straining attachment.
Now this is good to use for making home-made drinks where you don't want the seeds to spoil it, such as cocktails, which redeems it somewhat as I like to have cocktail evenings with the girls at least once a month if I can. I've also used this to sieve sauces and gravies that haven't gone quite to plan and this is fantastic at saving the day for me and preventing a fantastic dinner being ruined by an average lumpy sauce or gravy.
Now I'm going to rate this funnel 3 out of 5 stars. This is advertised really towards making jams and home-made drinks and the fact that it struggles to work properly with jam is a huge let down of course. This does work well for other purposes but the one that I really wanted it for, to save time, turned out to be a disappointment. This funnel looks great and it works for certain purposes but for those that it is advertised for it just doesn't work how I expected it to and that surely explains my medium rating.
If you are looking for a funnel with straining properties then this is perhaps one for you but do not expect it to be perfect for jam. You'll likely find yourself returning back to the original method of sieving and then funnelling, as I have for jam.
Summary: A reasonable strainer and funnel that isn't quite as good as I'd like it to be.
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