Nov 072009

By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m very much a make-your-own-ingredients sort of cook. It’s not hard to notice that one of my very favorite homemade ingredients to have on hand is chicken stock – it’s extremely versatile and oh-so-flavorful. A lot of cooks, though, haven’t been properly introduced to the joys and benefits of real chicken stock and so they continue to take a shortcut or two, buying insipid broth in aseptic packaging, not fully realizing what they’re missing. So, in this entry, I’m going to try to rectify that.

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Aug 122007

The KitchenAid Silicone Spoon Spatulas are a kitchen tool I really, really want to love.
The handle is nice and large, the head is shaped great for sauteeing and scraping out bowls, and the heat resistant materials are easy on all of my cookware.

The trouble is that the construction is, well, crap.

The first one I bought met its demise when its head snapped clean off right above the metal bit on the handle when I dropped it on the floor. Dropped it on the floor, people! What kind of self-respecting kitchen tool throws in the towel the moment the cook’s hands get slippery? The second one kept losing its head — the spatula part refused to stay on the handle, especially if you were using it on anything remotely sticky. It later broke in the same place as its predecessor as I was scraping kneaded bread dough out of my mixer’s workbowl.

So, as much as I love these spatulas during their short time of functional life, I have to recommend that you never buy these due to their severe shortfalls in quality and durability. Save the heartache and the seven bucks and buy a different brand.

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