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Measure for Measure
Kitchen Craft Colourworks Measuring Spoon Set
Member Name: koshkha
Kitchen Craft Colourworks Measuring Spoon Set
Advantages: Bright colours, well marked with sizes
Disadvantages: Watch they don't all fall off the ring and get lost
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.
Summary: Bright and colourful kitchen helpers