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As a keen baker, I decided a little while ago to treat myself to some decent measuring spoons. I was sick of guessing the amounts and never knowing how high to heap a teaspoon or tablespoon to measure the correct amount, so I popped into Lakeland on the way home from work and bought these, along with some other Kitchen Graft gadgets which were on a 3-for-2 offer. The spoons are very colourful, and rather than the entire set being the same colour, they are coloured differently depending on the measure of the spoon. This makes it easier to distinguish between them, because despite not being able to remember all the colours, I can easily remember the colours for the most used measures i.e. teaspoon and tablespoon. The set contains five spoons, which measure ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, ½ tablespoon and 1 tablespoon. They are made from plastic, yet are dishwasher proof and stain resistant. The colours are striking, being blue, purple, orange, pink and green. The spoons are definitely easy to spot in the cutlery drawer for this reason. In use, I find these spoons very sturdy, but they are more lightweight than the stainless steel versions. I did wonder how much use I would get out of the entire set, as most recipes tend to use full teaspoons, but I have found the options useful for when a smaller measure is called for, and also if I've used for example the full teaspoon for honey, then I need a teaspoon of baking powder. The fact that I can use the half teaspoon twice means I don't have to mess around washing the full teaspoon out in the middle of baking. I put these spoons in the dishwasher, in our cutlery tray, and they wash well with no signs of fading or damage. They haven't picked up any stains, although this would be unlikely to happen anyway as I tend to use them for things like baking powder rather than anything too messy. The measurements on the spoon are clear to read, and thankfully they haven't rubbed off in the dishwasher either. The measurements are in spoon sizes and millilitres, which may be useful depending on how the measurements are displayed in the recipe you are following. Currently retailing at £2.90 on Amazon, these measuring spoons are practical, and the fun colours liven up the most dull of kitchens. (Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
The Measuring Spoons = = = = = = = = = = = The measuring spoons are made by a brand called Colourworks who are a well known brand of kitchen products and accessories. The measuring spoons come in a pack of 5 which are made from a brightly coloured plastic. The spoons are made from melamine which means they are stain resistant and also very strong. They have long handles which makes scooping ingredients easier and they can be unclipped from the plastic ring and then clipped together when you have finished using them. The smallest measurement on the spoon starts from 1/4 teaspoon, whilst the largest is 1 tablespoon. The spoons are non stick which makes cleaning them easier; how-ever they are also dishwasher safe. I actually really love the look of the measuring spoons due to the bright colour each different spoon is. The spoons are guaranteed to last for 5 years. Price/Availability = = = = = = = = The spoons cost me £3.49 which I thought was good value as I was expecting to have to pay at least £5.00 for a set of measuring spoons. I purchased the spoons from my local Lakeland store, but you can also purchase them from the Lakeland website as well. You may also be able to purchase these on other websites, but I have not checked this. Using the Spoons = = = = = = = = = The ring pulls apart easily to enable you to get a spoon off of the ring to use. I was a little scared about pulling the ring too hard in case the ring snapped as although it looks quite strong, I'm not sure how much force it would actually be able to take. On each spoons you can clearly see what the measurement is. This is printed in white print so stands out easily on the different coloured spoons. The spoons are very light to hold and they are very easy to use when measuring ingredients. I find I can pour liquids and scoop other ingredients on the spoons very easily without making too much of a mess. The spoons are really easy to clean using some washing up liquid and hot water. I don't ever need to scrub or rub at the spoons as ingredients don't tend to stick to them. I have been using the spoons for a number of months now and they haven't stained and they are still looking great. The spoons are easy to clip back onto the ring which makes them perfect for storing altogether in a drawer with your other kitchen accessories. The ring does seem quite flimsy and I think if you aren't careful enough when taking the spoons on and off this may eventually break or snap. Overall Opinion = = = = = = = = The spoons are really good quality for just £3.49 and I love the bright colours of the spoons. The print on the spoons hasn't worn off and the spoons still look as good as they did when I first purchased them a few months ago. I know there are stronger, more expensive measuring spoons available to buy but these do a perfect job for me and are strong and so easy to clean. I think these are fantastic value for money and live up to its claims. I highly recommend these to others who also enjoy baking form time to time and needs some measuring spoons. (review may also appear on ciao)
Kitchen Craft Colourworks Measuring Spoon Set - set of 5 Mine cost around £2.50 from Amazon This set of measuring spoons has in it 5 assorted sizes: Sizes: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbs and 1 tbs The spoons are made of stain resistant dishwasher safe plastic, and are in fantastic bright bold colours as shown in the image. The size of the spoon is written on the handle near to the spoon head. The spoons came with a five year guarantee, although at such a small cost it is something that I threw in a drawer and forgot about until I dug it out just now. I have had mine now for several years, and they have worn well. I don't have a dishwasher so cannot vouch for how well they wash in one, but my spoons are stain and mark free. They originally came on a plastic ring that could be secured with a ball, and socket type mechanism to stop them getting separated. I have to admit that mine have been off the ring for some time now. These were bought for me by a house-mate when I lost one of my original measuring spoons. She knew the bright bold colours would make me smile, and to be honest they have done. They are nice and cheerful, and difficult to loose. They work fine as measuring spoons, with the added bonus of looking good. She now has a set that she has hanging on a dresser - and they look fabulous. I would definitely recommend these as they are so useful, and the funky colours make them that much more fun.
I am by nature what I like to call an 'instinctive' cook. This is short-hand for being too lazy to follow recipes properly. Instead I just bung a bit of this, a bit of that, a pinch of whatever and a smidge of something else. I look in the cupboards and the fridge and chuck stuff together. It works - I'm not starving and my husband hasn't divorced me for poisoning him yet. It took me a long while to work out that there's a down side to my slap dash approach - or rather two. Firstly if by sheer accident I make something marvellous, I'll never be able to repeat that feat and secondly, there's a risk that everything ends up tasting pretty similar. The secret is no secret at all - everyone knows it. Follow recipes now and then and follow them properly. And that means measuring the ingredients. Some recipes are particularly important to get right. The minor ingredients in bread are a good example - you really don't want to be going too high or too low on the salt or the bread won't rise properly. My other passion is making Indian food - if you get heavy handed with some of the spices, it's easy to produce something that really is too hot to handle. Once upon a time all spoons were pretty much standard sizes. People knew how many teaspoons were equivalent to a dessert spoon or a table spoon. They knew whether to use a flat measure or a heaped but somewhere along the line a little thing called 'style' or 'design' seemed to get in the way. Teaspoons became works of art, designed for their looks rather than their capacity. Designed, in fact, to stir your tea or eat your yoghurt rather than to measure out ingredients. I have a variety of teaspoons and each seems to be a different size. I have no idea if any of them are really 'standard' in size. I don't need to worry because I have several sets of measuring spoons and measuring cups. I have several because the little blighters have a nasty habit of getting detached from their friends and then hiding in the corners of cupboards and drawers. I'm a big fan of Colourworks and their brightly coloured kitchen accessories so when I saw this lovely set on Amazon about a year ago, for a couple of pounds I added it to my order even though I already had similar spoons. At the moment you can find them on Amazon for £3.99 - not quite such a great bargain so you might want to put them on your wish list and wait for the price to improve. The set consists of five plastic spoons ranging in size from ¼ of a teaspoon up to a full tablespoon. My assumption is that the correct way to use them is to fill the bowl of the spoon to a flat level - don't heap them. For those who like their sizes metric, the smallest is 1.25 ml and the largest is 15 ml. My colours are in the opposite order to the spoons shown in the photo - the quarter teaspoon is turquoise, the half is orange, the teaspoon is pink. The half tablespoon is olive green and the full tablespoon is purple. The set are linked together with a rather feeble grey plastic ring which easily pops open to enable you to lose them. I decided that I'd rather wash all five every time than risk losing one or two by separating them so we super-glued the ring shut to stop them escaping. The shape of the spoons is curvy and tactile and they look intentionally designed rather than just manufactured. They nestle together neatly without taking up too much space. Each spoon has its size in both spoons and millilitres printed on the neck. My husband is prone to getting confused by teaspoons and tablespoons so to make sure he doesn't add the wrong amount of salt, sugar or dried yeast when he's making bread in our bread maker, I have noted the colour of the relevant spoon next to the list of ingredients so he doesn't get them wrong. I have also seen it suggested that the colours are handy for those who are short-sighted and don't always want to wear their specs in the kitchen. The spoons have been washed by hand and in the dishwasher on the quick cycle and up to now with about nine months of regular use, the colours are holding up well and the printed sizes are still clear and readable. If you don't have measuring spoons then I really recommend you get a set and if you like nice, colourful kitchenalia that does what it's supposed to, I recommend a set of these even more.
=== The product === This is a set of five plastic measuring spoons. The size of the spoons are 1/4 teaspoon (purple), 1/2 teaspoon (pink), teaspoon (green), 1/2 tablespoon (orange) and tablespoon (blue). These are made from a rigid strong plastic and are safe to be washed in a dishwasher. These five spoons come provided on a light mauve coloured ring that keeps them all together in one place. === The packaging === Mine came provided in a clear plastic bag that I just untaped to remove. === How to use these === Well that's quite an obvious one really. I use these for measuring out things! Sugar, honey, syrup, spices, herbs, almost anything really. === Where can I buy these and for how much? === These can be purchased from numerous stockists and I purchased mine from Amazon.co.uk. These are currently available from Amazon for £3.25 (October 2011) although the price fluctuates slightly from week to week. I paid £3.25 when I purchased mine back in June 2011. === Overall opinion === The first impression that I had when receiving these spoons was that they were brightly coloured. The second impression was disappointed as they quickly fell off the ring that was holding them together and I subsequently lost this to the cat. She was happy to have a new toy and I wasn't too bothered as these are all kept together in a small compartment in my cutlery drawer so they don't get lost in the madness that is my utensil drawer. I like these spoons. They allow me to correctly measure out ingredients which can be particularly important with sweet dishes as I do not want to risk ruining something by adding to much spice or sugar. These are chunky, thick, they are simple to use and even with almost daily use for the past 4 months they have not faded at all, the colour is still perfect and the letter showing which is which has stayed put. To be honest though, should the lettering fade it would be simple enough to just work out which one is which! It's not rocket science lets be honest! These spoons are fantastic value for money. They are simple to use, easy to wash up and strong. I am able to throw these in a sink full of dishes and don't have to worry about them fading or becoming damaged. The text on these is easy to read and they are quite light. These brighten up my kitchen when I use them and make baking even more fun that it already is, particularly when doing it with my nieces and nephews. I am happy with the price that I paid as I feel that £3.25 for 5 measuring spoons is reasonable, particularly as they are sturdy and long lasting. The only disappointment I had was that the ring fell off as soon as I opened these.
This melamine five piece measuring spoon set is sure to brighten any kitchen. Including measurements of 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbs and 1 tbs they are perfect for use when following any recipe in the kitchen. Each spoon features a new Colourworks colour (blue, orange, green, pink and purple) providing the opportunity to combine them with other items in the range, also allowing you to mix, match and co-ordinate your kitchen in a striking array of colours. Sizes: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbs and 1 tbs Tagged. Dishwasher safe. Stain resistant. Five year guarantee.