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I have a weakness when it comes to buying kitchen gadgets I particularly love the Joseph Joseph range of kitchen ware that is both stylish and functional. I now have quite a collection including the multi use uni-tool.
Joseph Joseph was founded in 2003 by brothers Richard and Antony Joseph. The company produces a range of contempory kitchen ware that is colourful and well made.
What is a uni- tool?
The uni- tool is 5 in 1 spoon made from tough nylon. The spoon is 30 CM in length and has a curved shape and is designed for use at both ends. The idea is that using a utensil that has multiple uses will cut down on the number of utensils needed in the kitchen. The spoons multiple functions include-
Use as a slotted spoon. The holes in the centre of the spoon allow excess water to be drained from food.
The spoon has a cerated edge on one side allowing it to be used to cut food. I sometimes find that meat I thought had been cut into small chunks still has a few chunks that are too large. It is really useful to be able to cut meat once it has started to cook. It is also useful to cut into chicken to check its cooked without having to remove it from the pan.
Use as a food turner .
The spoon can be used as a solid spoon and is heatproof to 240 degrees Celsius so can be used to stir food.
The spoon can also be used as a spatula for smoothing icing over a cake for example.
The spoon is available in 2 colour choices either red and yellow or grey and lime green. I opted for the grey and lime green colours. I bought my spoon from John Lewis and paid £8.55.
I really like the design of this spoon and think the idea of a utensil that has multiple uses is great. I find the spoon functions well as both a slotted spoon and a solid spoon. The cerated edge is also sharp and cuts food effectively whilst it’s cooking. I have used the spatula function several times to smooth icing over a cake and it works really well. For butter icing I rinse the spoon in hot water first to help it spread evenly.
The spoon is dishwasher safe although I prefer to wash it my hand. It is easy to clean and does not stain.
On the negative side I do find the curved shape of the handle makes it uncomfortable to hold. I also find the food turner awkward as the spoon’s shape forces you to turn food at a certain angle and it sometimes slips back onto its original side.
Overall I like the design of this spoon but on balance feel its expensive for what it is, especially considering that I find it awkward to hold .
My Joseph-Joseph Uni Tool is a great little kitchen gadget I use all the time in my home. It cost £9.95 and mine is plastic and coloured in bright red with green edging, unlike the Cioa! photo which shows and grey one. I prefer the brighter colour. I keep this in my cutlery drawer though it’s slightly too large and gets jammed occasionally. I’d hang it up, except there is no hole for hanging this spoon anywhere, which is a bit of a shame and perhaps the only thing which I don’t like about it.
It’s a great gadget as it serves so many purposes. It reminds me of my camping ‘spork’ we have – which is a spoon and fork in one. Except this is different in that it has more than just two uses. It comes in handy for cutting up meat or fish if I’m pan-frying as it’s got a great little really sharp serrated edge. This makes it so handy if I’m frying and haven’t chopped the food up beforehand. It’s great for ‘rough’ chopping like this.
It’s also great for removing boiled eggs from a pan as it doubles up as a slotted spoon. I also remove veg from boiled water the same way, such as cauliflower or chopped carrots etc. It’s a spatula too and this comes in really handy if I’m making pancakes for the family as I gently wedge it underneath the cooking pancake and it alls me to gently flip it over in the frying pan.
Perhaps the thing I most use this tool for is icing cakes – large or small ones. Due to the great design of this gadget, I can scoop out the required amount of icing, and then plop onto my cake and spread with the spreader side of the spoon. It’s so easy and simple to use.
It washes easily and always comes up looking like new and can even be placed in the dishwasher. It’s got a good long sized comfortable handle which is easy to grip hold of and made of excellent quality plastic which is really hard wearing. It really is a multi tool and I really recommend it.
Some people have an alcohol or gambling addiction, others are obsessed about shoes. The first addictive behaviour I ever recognised in myself was when I attended my first Tupperware party. I was 17 years old and had no idea of the absolute delights and purpose-specific kitchen gadgets that existed. I spent all my month's pocket and part-job money in a flash. This was 25 years ago. Time has moved on but my interest in culinary resources has persisted. I learned about this item from one of the university students on placement at work, and immediately decided I just HAD to get one.
A uni student's unique Uni-tool
This "uni-tool" is a single item designed to replace five "essential" kitchen utensils. Made from tough nylon and silicon, this 30cm long item is described by Joseph Joseph as "the ultimate in space-saving design". This groovy gadget can be used as a slotted spoon, turner, cutting tool, solid spoon and spatula.
The company market's this as being a space-saving item and it certainly is that when it comes to drawer space. However for me, the biggest advantage of this item is that I can have a single item sitting out next to me on the kitchen worktop while I am cooking.
Another advantage is that the Uni-Tool is suitable for use with non-stick cookware items.
What's it really like to use?
As this item is marketed as having five different uses, I thought that it would be worthwhile to assess each of these functions individually.
1. Slotted spoon - this is fairly small. I normally use this to rescue my daughter's pasta once cooked. The size is large enough to accommodate a child's portion, but not an adults.
2. Solid spoon - again quite small however it does do the job satisfactorily
3. Serrated edge/knife - to be honest, I rarely use this on anything than the occasional lettuce....ie as my lettuce knife. It works well for slicing lettuce heads.
4. Spatula/spreader - this implement works well as a standalone item as a spatula and a spreader. I use it as a spatula when preparing cake mixtures. I use it as a butter (or jam) spreader if I am making several rounds of sandwiches.
5. Slider/Turner - who actually uses one of these? I rarely use such an item, but when I have done so, this uni-tool generally does the job. My personal preference is for this part of the implement to be wider.
Overall, in use this item somewhat does what is asked from it and without any obvious problems.
Finally, this lightweight uni-tool is dishwasher safe, although I do prefer to wash it by hand in hot or warm soapy water and left to air dry. On that note, there are no obvious marks on my grey version of this.
This item is available in tow colour combinations: red (with a hint of yellow on the handle) and grey, with a splash of green again on the handle.
It's currently available directly from Joseph Joseph via their internet shop for £9, which is similar to what I paid two years ago.
Ultimately, this Uni-tool is somewhat useful. While I particularly like that I can have just a single item on the kitchen bench, my ultimate opinion is that this is a nice-to-have item that is certainly a non-essential household item.
I thought I would tell you all about our 'Joseph Joseph Uni-Tool' which we have had for a little while now. It is plastic, about 32cm in length, and dark grey with a touch of lime green around the top of the handle. It has holes / slots in the bottom part. It is very versatile because it can be used for a wide variety of different things.
We bought it from a cookware shop while we were on a fishing trip in Devon with all the family and we saw these being advertised in the window. I cannot remember how much it was exacly, probably a couple of pounds but we thought it looked really useful and bought it straight away.
We use it for making pancakes, friend eggs, scrambled eggs, frying onions and mostly for icing cakes (well, my other half does that, I don't). It is especially good because it has a really useful sharp bit on it (serrated edge) which allows us to cut soft things up as well as scooping stuff out of pans, though it is not as deep as a normal spoon.
It is very easy to keep clean and we usually just wash ours on hot soapy water and leave to dry on the drying rack but it is dishwasher safe you folks will be pleased to hear.
All in all a great little gadget and really recommended.
I'm a keen cook, and over the years I've amassed quite an array of various gadgets and gizmos to make the job easier. In fact, I'm running out of space in ,y drawers, and often find that it takes me ages to find a spatula when I need one amongst all the other bumph filling my drawers.
So I was excited when I found one tool that does the job of five - the 'Joseph Joseph Uni-Tool'. Now, it isn't much to look at - in fact, by just looking it it, it's pretty difficult to actually figure out just what purpose this little dark grey and green plastic thing could have. A shoe horn, perhaps?
Well, due to some very clever design, this single kitchen tool can be a soup spoon, a slatted spoon, a spatula, a spreader, and a knife. All this and only 30cm long! Sounds fantastic, but is it?
Well, no. The slotted spoon, for example, whilst ideally sized for removing a poached egg from boiling water, does not have sufficiently deep sides to lift out a decent sized portion of cooked veg - you'd need to dip the spoon at least twice to get a decent sized adult portion of veg.
Similarly, the spoon, whilst wonderful for tasting soup whilst cooking to check the seasoning, is not going to be much help to you when it comes to dishing the soup up into bowls come serving time - It's just too dinky. And really, an ordinary spoon would be less bulky for tasting from the pan.
The serrated edge that acts like a knife is perfectly capable of chopping a large lump of cooked meat into smaller chunks for the pan, but would be utterly ineffective when faced with a raw steak or a loaf of crusty bread.
The only parts of this tool that I consider to function as well as a separate tool designed for the job is the spatula, which flips pancakes, shepherds egg whites into place, and scrapes the edges of the pan just as well as any other, but no better, and the spreader.
Now the spreader, it has to be said, is fantastic for icing a carrot cake - you can scoop up a decent amount of cream cheese icing, and spread it quickly, smoothly and evenly. The tool is a comfortable weight and shape for this, sitting perfectly in the hand, with a good secure grip.
This is dishwasher safe.
The main annoyance with this device for me, aside from some of the tools not being as good as an individual version would be, is that there is no way of hanging this device up. Had it been as brilliant as it promised, I would have wanted to hang this up on the wall next to my cooker, instantly within reach whenever I needed it. But sadly, no hole enabling this to be hung, and this now languishes, along with many other time-and-space-saving gadgets, somewhere at the back of my ever more crowded kitchen drawer, a sad waste of a tenner.
A wonderful idea, poorly executed.
Multi-Use Kitchen Utensil