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I couldn't live without these.

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1 hour ago, TdeV said:

I'm looking to replace these spatula spoons which I originally bought in the early 2000s. Two of them have just cracked and broken. The devices came from Traex, which I've looked for over the years without result. Model #609. Heat resistant to 400F. They're not much good for getting in the corners of things, but they're great for scooping stuff.

 

Any idea where to find something similar? What do you use?

 

P.S. I'm very annoyed that no seller seems smart enough to show 3D pictures of items on the internet. Why is that, do you suppose?

 

P.P.S. The popcorn popper is for roasting coffee per @rotuts 's directions. As you can see the device is still in the box. Closer to the back door though, so I'm progressing. 😃

 

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Amazon has quite a selection of them. Here are three:

 

OXO 1241881 Silicone Spoon Spatula, White/Black

 

Di Oro Seamless Series Pro Grade Silicone Spoon Spatula - BPA Free Pro-Grade Non-Stick 600ºF

 

Rachael Ray 55780 Silicone Spoonula, Red

 

I also see them around in kitchen shops - at least, I did the last time I was in one - and in various discount stores. I don't have any specific recommendations for brands.

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Now that I slow my mouth long enough for my brain to catch up, the brand I used to see most often in restaurant kitchens was Rubbermaid's commercial line. Durable, and you could get them with extra-long handles for deep pots.

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1 hour ago, BeeZee said:

I have one that has been sitting on a shelf above my kitchen counter to remind me to replace it. It was a victim of scraping a bit too harshly around the inside of the Cuisinart with the blade still in place. I'm leaning towards a one piece molded design, there are tons of them on Amazon which I am starting to sift through.

On an unrelated note, but relevant to this topic...I LOVE my kitchen shears. When I have to trim up some boneless chicken breasts, they are quick and effective. I can even roughly butterfly them if they are too thick by using the tip of the shears to carefully snip at the meat. The pair that I bought come apart for cleaning and came with a magnetic "holster" so they live on the side of the fridge.

'What brand are the kitchen shears? I'm not pleased with mine.


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22 minutes ago, kayb said:

'What brand are the kitchen shears? I'm not pleased with mine.

I have these.

I bought them when CI top-rated them.  They’re not particularly cheap but they are really excellent.

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Posted (edited)

This scooper/strainer thing is my favorite.

 

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I don't know who designed it, but that nameless individual was almost certainly a cook. The oval perforations work better than round ones. They let a lot of liquid through, but will stop even small bits of food like cooked Israeli couscous. (I don't know why you almost never see colanders with oval holes.) The tines on the edges work well for grabbing long pasta. And the tines also allow the strainer bowl to bend, so it can get into the corners of a saucepan and fish out the last remaining bits of food.

 

I use it to grab food from boiling water, to pull out the meat and vegetables after making stock, to remove the mini plastic balls from my sous vide set up, etc.

 

I've seen other scoopers that sell for $10-20, but I think this one is better designed than any of the ones I've seen at Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel, etc. I paid something like $2.50 at a HomeGoods/Marshall's type store. I'd love to get a second one, but I've never seen another for sale anywhere.

 

ETA: I've looked for it online before and haven't had any luck, but after posting the above I searched Amazon and found it in red for $7: https://www.amazon.com/Home-X-Extra-Deep-Strainer-Straining-Vegetables/dp/B011CGR7Z6/


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3 hours ago, lindag said:

I have these.

I bought them when CI top-rated them.  They’re not particularly cheap but they are really excellent.

The shears I have look very similar (except with neon green grip), but are a cheaper knock off version...bought in 2016 and not available any longer.


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7 hours ago, TdeV said:

I'm looking to replace these spatula spoons which I originally bought in the early 2000s. Two of them have just cracked and broken. The devices came from Traex, which I've looked for over the years without result. Model #609. Heat resistant to 400F. They're not much good for getting in the corners of things, but they're great for scooping stuff.

 

Any idea where to find something similar? What do you use?

 

 

While digging around on Amazon, I found this Traex spoonula: https://www.amazon.com/SPOON-13-0367-TRAEX-SPATULAS-LADLES/dp/B001E0JOVQ, although it doesn't look like it's in production anymore.

 

It seems that Vollrath bought Traex several years ago. So if you want something similar, this one is probably the successor model.

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7 hours ago, lindag said:

I have these.

I bought them when CI top-rated them.  They’re not particularly cheap but they are really excellent.

Can you please explain the notch in the scissor blades? I have a pair of kitchen shears with a similar notch and I curse it every time I go to cut something in the kitchen.


 

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8 minutes ago, Toliver said:

Can you please explain the notch in the scissor blades? I have a pair of kitchen shears with a similar notch and I curse it every time I go to cut something in the kitchen.

 

Apparently that's the 'bone notch'

 

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11 minutes ago, Toliver said:

Can you please explain the notch in the scissor blades? I have a pair of kitchen shears with a similar notch and I curse it every time I go to cut something in the kitchen.

 

I have a pair of scissors that have a notch like the Kershaw scissors that @lindag posted, but they're Fiskars brand. I bought my Fiskars from a hardware store (long time ago) and they were labeled as a pruning tool. I did used to cut flower / plant stems with them. They work well for stems and just for cutting in general.

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4 minutes ago, SLB said:

Mine are Messermeister, and I have been thrilled with them for almost 30 years.  Mine are close to what

s second from the left in this picture:

 

https://www.messermeister.com/collections/culinary-tools-sets-scissors

 

Mine would have been that old but got lost in a move. Got a replacement (same style) in 2011 when Messermeister came to do a knife sharpening demo at local cookware store and gave discounts :)

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