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The Original Cook's Matches
Member Name: katyj10
The Original Cook's Matches
Advantages: lots in a box
This is a review of The Original Cook's Matches, a box of matches I have owned for over a year now and have just returned to using after having some extra long ones to use with the deeper jar style candles.
I really only use these for lighting candles, mainly the jar style and tea light candles and of course birthday candles. I find that 99% of the time they light easily (striking away from yourself) and last long enough to light the wick of the candle. I am a bit of a wuss when lighting matches and scared of burning myself hence the previous box of longer matches but these are actually longer than the traditional match size so you do get a couple of extra seconds grace with them.
I like the extra large style box, it makes them easier to find and inside the box the matches are separated into two sides so it doesn't matter which end you slide open, there are matches to hand. On the outside, there is the striking panel (like sandpaper) on just one side and this does get a little worn over the life of the box. The best bit about the box though, is the lovely personal touch of a recipe added to the back panel. Being called Cook's matches, it is entirely appropriate that they feature a recipe and my box has a recipe for 'Delicious Apple Crumble' (which I have never tried to make as I don't particularly like apple crumble!) but I think it is a nice touch. The box is also wipe clean which is good if you did keep them in the kitchen for lighting a hob or something.
The box of matches is priced 75p currently at Tesco which represents good value for money at more than 200 matches.
With our daughter approaching two and a new baby on the way, it is becoming increasingly important to review our lax attitude to leaving things like matches lying around and we store them in high up and out of sight places, like my parents did when I was a child (I still knew where they were though!). Candles are nice to have around, scented ones in particular but it can be tempting for children so enough care must be taken with these.
Reliability wise, I have found these matches to be of great quality and reliability. I think the key is to storing them in a dry place as they are wrecked when they get damp. I have tried a few brands of matches and found these to be very consistent. The long handled ones I just finished fizzled out before lighting properly so I found I was using three to light one candle - no wonder they didn't last very long!
The next use for these matches will be on bonfire night when we have a little display planned for our back garden, we will use the match to light the taper that comes with the fireworks so we are looking forward to that one.
I still have more than half a box of these left and they will last ages but I would be happy to repurchase the same brand of matches again in the future. They are cost effective and useful, as long as you remember where you keep them!
Summary: Good value for money
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