Silicone Spatulas for just about everything

silcone spatulaThis set of three spatulas are made of heat resistant silicone that can handle up to 500 degrees. But be careful as the handles aren’t quite up to that resistance and can melt or break if left in a pot with the handle resting on the edge. I like the blue color with clear handles and the little one is great for spreading peanut butter or Nutella.

They are resistant to stains and odor and just fine in the dishwasher. I’d recommend getting two sets at this price.

Wilton Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set

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17-piece Tool and Gadget Set by Kitchenaid – Everything you need in one package

kitchenaid setEverything but the kitchen sink? Well maybe not but it is good start to a new kitchen. Kitchenaid as a brand has never let me down, I even have one of their barbecues and it’s amazing. This set is the perfect housewarming gift for the student moving into their first place. It also is a great set to buy for the cabin or camping trailer.

And this 17 piece kitchen collection really does have everything: spatula, basting spoon, slotted spoon, tongs, grater, peeler, can opener, whisk, measuring cups and spoons. Everything is safe to use in nonstick pots and pans and can handle up to 450 degrees of heat.

 Kitchenaid Classic 17-piece Tools and Gadget Set, Black

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Rice Paddle Reviews – It’s a show down!

This past weekend my wife made Palak Paneer and I was in charge of making the basmati rice. Well I didn’t make enough for the next day’s leftovers (which are better than first day) and had to make rice again. Which meant I ended up using my two completely different rice paddles and that means it’s time for a Rice Paddle Show Down! (imagine game show announcer voice when reading that).

Our first contender is the classic, the plastic, the inexpensive and always there…Plastic Rice Paddle.  These are something you could pick up at the dollar store or the slightly more fancy  Rice Paddle (Two Pieces) from Amazon that have dimpling to keep it non-stick.

plastic rice paddle

These have one major thing going for them and that is they are really cheap. And that is what ultimately is their demise. They tend to melt and bend or break in a very hot pot and the rice always sticks no matter what fancy design or coating (which will peel off over time) is applied. Sorry, you go to the bottom of the cutlery drawer.

And in this corner is the traditional, time tested and always a classic…Bamboo Rice Paddle. Joyce Chen makes a very nice one, the 9-inch Burnished Bamboo Rice Paddle.

bamboo rice paddleThere is a reason this is a classic. It only costs a couple bucks more. The handle is longer and sturdier. They aren’t perfectly non-stick but close enough. A little oil on the spoon bowl will make it totally non-stick when required. They hold up in the dishwasher wonderfully. And finally they are not a uni-tasker utensil, they are great for stirring the stew pot or anything else. Hands down our winner. Buy two and thank me later.

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