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I am a sucker when it comes to buying kitchen gadgets and really can't resist them! I have a drawer full of all kinds of items that I thought would be useful, mostly I was wrong! However I do have a few gadgets that I use on a regular basis and that do make my life easier. One of these is an ice cream scoop from the Jamie Oliver range.
Although we don't consume a lot of ice cream, there are times when it is exactly what I fancy! I usually buy tubs of ice cream as they last longer and can be served with many different desserts. I love apple crumble with vanilla ice cream! I owned a mechanical ice cream scoop for many years until several months ago it failed to operate. I had tried using a spoon to get scoop out ice cream, but found that it quickly bent when faced with hard, frozen ice cream.
I love to browse in John Lewis and especially love the kitchen department. There are all manner of interesting and colourful things on display to temp someone as sad as I am! It was during one of theses trips that I spotted a very stylish looking ice cream scoop endorsed by Chef Jamie Oliver. Although I am no fan of the man, the gadget looked good and so I happily parted with the £10 asking price and headed home.
The scoop is quite small measuring 30mm in length. The scoop head is made from heavy duty zinc alloy and has a sharp cutting edge. It is slightly oblong in shape. The handle is ergonomically designed making it easy to grip and comfortable to hold. I love the glossy black handle with its silver metal inlay. The scoop is dishwasher safe, although I tend to wash it by hand.
However looks alone are simply not enough when it comes to kitchen gadgets! The all important test is how well the scoop performs when faced with hard ice cream. The sharp edge of the scoop makes light work of scooping out a ball of ice cream. The ice cream slides off the scoop with ease, depositing a neatly shaped ball of ice cream into my dish. It really is that simply! No need for those mechanical types that can be trick to keep clean.
This ice cream scoop is widely available and has a RRP of £12. I paid £10 from John Lewis where it is still in stock at that price.
The way we go trough ice cream in our house is ridiculous, my husband Mark absolutely loves it and eats it every day, and a large bowlful at that! Since we have been in our house, almost 3 years, we have been through 3 ice cream scoops. Admittedly they were only cheapish ones but even so I thought they would have actually lasted longer than they did. My mum has had a plastic ice cream scoop for years and had no problems, I don't know what mark does with them. Before Christmas I said to him I was going to get him an industrial strength heavy duty scoop for one of his presents and that's just what I did.
While out Christmas shopping I went in Debenhams and spotted the Jamie Oliver Easy Ice Cream Scoop. As it was £12.00 I decided to look on line and see if I could find it a bit cheaper. I didn't but with the aid of a money off voucher code I got it for £8.50. I smiled when I saw on Debenhams web site they had described this as a "heavy duty scoop" which was exactly what I said I was going to get him.
The easy ice cream scoop is approximately 20cm's long and feels quite sturdy. Its quite a weighty scoop and doesn't give the impression that a frozen tub of ice cream would be a match for it. Its made from stainless steel and has a nice black and silver handle with the Jamie Oliver logo written on it. The handle has a hole in the end so you could hang it up if you wanted to, personally all my utensils are in a drawer. I am too paranoid about flies getting on things that are out but the hole is there should you wish to hang it up.
The handle is nicely rounded and easy to hold when scooping your ice cream, its also suitable for both right and left handed people.
The actual head or scoop is grey in colour and is made from strong zinc alloy. The scoop has quite sharp edges so easily scoop through ice cream even when its just come straight from the freezer.
Our Jamie Oliver easy ice cream scoop has been used daily since Mark unwrapped it Christmas morning, and I have to say it was well worth the money I paid for it. It really does make scooping ice cream easy. the sharp sides cut through the ice cream with relative ease even when the tub has just come from the freezer and the shape of the handle makes it easy to hold and use. A nice scoop of ice cream always looks better in a bowl than a lump that's been chiselled from a solid block. There's also no more waiting for the ice cream to thaw slightly before serving it.
Cleaning the scoop is easy too, it is suitable to go in the dishwasher if you have one but a dunk in the washing up bowl does just as well, there's no little fiddly bit to clean either.
I cant imagine this scoop breaking very easily as it feels so sturdy and strong, only time will tell but in our house the Jamie Oliver easy ice cream scoop will certainly be tested to the limit.
As normal this Christmas my family seem to go through theme's for Christmas presents and this year it was kitchen equipment! Not that I mind this year as kitchen goods tend to be expensive, especially ones designed/branded by Jamie Oliver. I received this Jamie Oliver Easy Scoop Ice Cream Scoop from my aunt and have been very impressed by it.
As you would expect this ice cream scoop by Jamie Oliver is no ordinary scooper, the design is sleek and high quality. The style is black and silver, with the handle being a high gloss black and silver grippy part of the handle and the scoop head a solid zinc alloy material. The scoop is quite heavy to hold which to me suggests it is well built and sturdy, which is exactly what you need in an ice cream scoop, you don't want the head breaking off half way through a scoop! The dimensions are 30 mm L, 50 mm W and 180 mm H.
Being winter, we haven't eaten a huge amount of ice cream, though we have made the effort to get some use out of this! On taking ice cream straight from the freezer and waiting a minute or two this scoop cuts through the ice cream with no problem at all. The scoop heads edges are quite thin and strong and slices through the frozen ice cream nicely. It takes a lot less effort than plastic and cheaper ones we have used in the past and there is no more bending and breaking our silver spoons.
The zinc alloy material used in this ice cream scoop is what makes this special, there is little to no resistance during use and it doesn't feel fragile at all. The shape of the easy scoop head gives a nice rounded and solid dollop of ice cream, like you get in an ice cream parlour. For even more ease of use you can soak the scoop in a mug of warm water just before serving and this makes the ice cream slide off in a solid ball with a smooth finish. This scoop is very easy to clean and is also dishwasher safe.
This is available in high street shops such as Debenhams and John Lewis as well as online such as Amazon and Play etc. it retails for approximately £10 which might seem pricey for a simple ice cream scoop but I can see it lasting a very long time and really does make the desert making process easier.
I love ice cream, especially now that I am pregnant but I don't like to wait for it so the Jamie Oliver Easy scoop ice cream scoop is perfect when you want your ice cream straight out of the freezer. Normally with just regular spoons you have to wait a few minutes after you get the ice cream tub out of the freezer for it to thaw a little bit before you can get the spoon in to cut the ice cream and bring it out and then you usually get a big unattractive lump of ice cream. This Jamie Oliver spoon is made of heavy duty zinc so its designed to cut into ice cream straight away even if it is completely frozen which is nice.
The spoon is quite attractive looking. It has a black handle with Jamie Oliver written on it and then the silver zinc spoon at the end. The spoon measures 18cm in length and 5cm in width so you get quite a nice grip on the handle in order to scoop out the ice cream. Now, the scoop itself is not amazingly big which is a bit of a disadvantage for me as I usually like to get big massive scoops but then agin you can always just scoop 2 or 3 times to get the desired amount of ice cream. What I like about this scoop is that it gives you a nice round dollop of ice cream and makes it really easy to move the spoon into the ice cream and get out a nice uniform round ice cream dollop. When you serve up ice cream then to guests this always looks quite nice in the bowl instead of a big lump like I've mentioned above.
The spoon/scoop does not have a press and release lever in it like some ice cream scoops do which help you to get the scoop of ice cream out of the spoon once you have got it out of the tub. I do think this would have been a nice addition as I always find these quite handy, especially when the scoop will not come out into your bowl but I have learnt a little trick to combat this. If you rinse the scoop in water first it makes the surface a bit sloppy so when you do have the scoop on there it will fall nicely into your bowl.
The scoop is very easy to clean as there are not fiddly bits in it so you can just rinse and then wash properly later. The scoop cost me £8 which I didn't think was too bad from John Lewis.
As well as having bought a number of Jamie Oliver products for our Kitchen since our wedding we also received a number of different gadgets as gifts and now with our own place again we've had an opportunity to use them. One of the more frequently used items in our house would appear to be the Jamie Oliver Easy Scoop Ice Cream scoop, which seems to get an outing at least twice a week and has proven to be far more durable and tougher than any Ice Cream scoop we have owned previously.
Our Previous Scoops
You see the problem we had previously was when ice cream got a little too hard in the freezer, our ice cream scoops had a tendency to snap at the handle, leaving the scoop wedged in the ice cream. It was for this reason that we added a much more robust Ice Cream scoop to our wedding gift list in the hope that we could get away from the cheap ones that break and find something a lot stronger with the ability to carve through straight from the freezer hard Ice Cream.
Since unpacking and starting to use this scoop we have found that it cuts through hard Ice Cream with little resistance. The problem we had with previous scoops is gone and through the zinc alloy head and the solid, thick neck joining the head to the handle it seems to have a much more robust nature to it. The handle itself feels substantial and with the solid connection to the head it removes the flimsy connection we had found with our previous scoops.
We found that the look of the Jamie Oliver Easy scoop was rather stylish from its black gloss handle to the zinc alloy head it looks like a decent, robust piece of Kitchen equipment. We have been very impressed with the scoop and find that our old worries of a slight bend under the slightest pressure have gone. This gives us confidence when scooping even the hardest Ice Cream and that is exactly what we were looking for.
It's also not a huge gadget measuring in at only 18cm long with a maximum diameter of 5cm's it makes it an item that is very easy to store in the limited Kitchen storage space we have in our current Kitchen. For those of you lucky enough to have a Dishwasher it is safe to be cleaned in here, but for the rest of us it cleans up quickly and nicely leaving no marks or blemishes on the zic alloy when washed by hand.
Another Decent Product
This is another great product developed by Jamie Oliver and the team at DKB, who have teamed up to great effect on a number of Kitchen gadgets. This is probably one of those that gets the most use in our house and we are both incredibly impressed by it. The Jamie Oliver Easy Scoop Ice Cream Scoop has really solved a problem that we have encountered for a number of years. It currently retails for £9.60 on amazon, but it is one of those items that really justifies the, you get what you pay for saying.
At this price it is a little bit more expensive than you would perhaps like to pay for an Ice Cream Scoop, but at least you have the added bonus with this, that it actually feels like it will last a few years rather than the few months a cheaper alternative would last.