Product Type: Nigella Lawson Kitchenware
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A Brilliant Set of Bowls You Can't Rock or Roll!
Nigella Lawson Living Kitchen Mixing Bowls
Member Name: Nar2
Nigella Lawson Living Kitchen Mixing Bowls
Date: 13/06/11, updated on 13/06/11 (133 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, good to use & hold, fantastic for quick sauces or just general mixing & other uses.
Disadvantages: Expensive prices, not exactly heat proof, can scratch easily.
Although I purchased the bowls for her, I found myself using them compared to round and deeper, heavier mixing bowls. I don't understand however how previous buyers on Amazon have managed to use an electric whisk in the largest bowl however - it is about the same size as a small casserole dish where granted, an electric whisk could successfully be used because of the default round shape with uniform walls- however all of the bowls have a slanted ovoid egg edge whilst the walls of the bowls are not uniform, lending a oval shell like effect due to their design - so if you use an electric whisk you do have to be careful that the liquid or prep being mixed doesn't come flying out the sides instead of worrying about scratches. These bowls were never made to be used with an electric whisk though - you can tell that from the very design and the depth from the largest bowl. The set comprises of four bowls beginning with large, medium, small and mini sizes. The largest bowl measures 32cm by 26cm by 11cm, second largest at 26cm by 21 cm by 11cm, second smallest at 20cm by 16cm by 9cm whilst the smallest bowl measures 15cm by 12 cm by 6cm. The smallest bowl is fantastic for mixing up icing sugar with different colours or a handy food colouring bowl. But as we found out during the years we've endured these well made melamine bowls, there's a bit more to a mixing bowl licensed by Nigella Lawson!
Instead, the bowls are quite novel in the way they look; we use them as presenting bowls to hold sauces or tealight candles, or just anything in the home that needs to be presented when used all the time; medicines, pills, loose change - even crisps if there's a party or a small lunch gathering etc. Their pouring lip instantly lends a "pick and slide out" access design where you just grab what you want and can be easily accessed - my mother uses the smallest bowl for example for storing pins and sewing machine needles so that they lay flat as opposed to sticking up in a cushion. The instant downside is that the bowls can get scratched - but they are after all, mixing bowls - and I've always been brought up to believe that when a practical article like a mixing bowl gets scratched - it's a bit like a wok - the more it bears scars, the more it shows durability and its use. The price you pay isn't for the finish but rather the design, intended use and the fact that they are both microwave and dishwasher safe. Being made of both melamine and ceramic means however that the bowls aren't oven proof. If you use these in the microwave, they're only suitable for use at quick time programs, say around 5 minutes maximum.
When it comes to be using as mixing bowls for baking and food prep and probably, as Nigella Lawson intended, they work really well with liquids like egg, batter, chocolate sauces and really any kind of liquid you are trying to whip up in an instant. I've used forks and even small whisks to get what I need out of them and their curvy shape - as the marketing also states - lends a cuddle aspect where you can cradle the bowl close to you like a baby and get on with the job at hand. Whilst the interior is glossy smooth, the thick ceramic on the exterior has not been varnished, so remains a bit rougher but definately more tactile to lend grippiness - so handy if your hands at the time are covered in food prep or oil. The bases however do sit flat and can be stored with one inside each other "Russian Doll" style (and as shown here although the photo on here shows bowls that are plasticky looking, whilst additional photos on Amazon.co.uk show the bowls separated, which are more closer to what the bowls actually look like).
Are they worth the price of £42-00 (Amazon £46-84) however? Well it depends on your needs and courtesy of my mother's arthritic hands where a lighter substance in a robust bowl is needed, I'd say it is worth the money. Our price was around the £35 when they were purchased in 2004 and seven years on, apart from a few scratches on the base, the bowls still gleam and shine, having been through the dishwasher on high and medium temperature programs. They certainly aren't cheap but cheaper at other sellers like Next compared to Amazon, but I doubt they would have lasted this long without some advancement and what you pay for here is the quality and workmanship that has gone into the design, as well as being lightweight and versatile. Most definately an article which is unique yet has a great function - especially in light of the fact that you can now buy different pastel colours including black bowls and they are fairly thick with smoothed off rims. We just have the original cream/duck egg coloured bowls and they are always left out because they always get used. I'm considering buying black ones for myself. Thanks for reading. (C)Nar2 2011
Summary: A novel & unique set of mixing bowls perfect for the baker, well made too.
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