Product Type: Cooks in Homeware
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The Original Cook's Matches
Member Name: norton501
The Original Cook's Matches
Cook's matches if you are not familiar with them are a large box (approx 4 x 3 x 1 inches as I cannot find my ruler) of matches that come in a "wipe-clean" box- these cost 69p- 89p and can be bought from most supermarkets. The box consists of a yellow outer card sleeve and a slide out part for the inside of the box containing the matches. when you slide open the box (that is not affixed with any fastenings or stickers or anything when you buy it) there are two compartments inside the box that house the loose matches.
The matches are normal sized small matches, each match is approximately 2 inches long and has a brown striking head. Both sides of the outer sleeve/ box has a strip of a honeycomb-patterned striking surface so you can use both edges of the outer box to light the matches. I find this is useful as in the past I have found if you have difficulties in striking a match and accidentally scratch or damage some of the striking surface of the box, it can get a little annoying as you use more and more of the matches to get them to light if the box edges that you strike the match against are damaged. So, having two surfaces to strike the matches against is a good feature.
Each box contains an "average 220" matches. The cover art looks like it has fallen out of the 1960s as it features a drawing of a stew pot with a ladle in it and lots of cooking ingredients, but I like this. this indicates the matches are good for lighting gas stoves. These are multipurpose matches and can be used for lighting candles or anything you need to light. Personally, I only use these to light candles as they are short matches and anything to do with an oven, I like to use extra long matches.
There are warnings on the back of the box- notably "Fire Kills Children!"- I find this a bit odd, as fire kills adults, children and animals but I suppose the makers want to highlight that the matches should be kept away from children. The instructions are "Strike Gently and away from body" (good advice) and there is a recipe on the back of the box. I haven't paid that much attention to the recipe so I cannot say how often (if at all) that the recipe changes. The recipe on the box I have is for Apple Crumble.
The matches are made by 'Swedish Match" and are "By Appointment to the Queen". I am also informed by the box that the matches are made in the EU.
For a large number of short matches that you can use around the home for lighting candles etc., I think these do a fine job. They light within 1-3 strikes and I haven't had any problems with multiple matches snapping before I have had chance to light them. I would recommend these for people but would point out that they are the small matches inside and not the very long matches as the box does not actually state the size of the matches.
Summary: Large box of small functional matches
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