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The Ladle from Charge is wider and shorter than most other saddles on the market with a small pressure relief channel. It’s the female version of the popular Charge Spoon. The Ladle is really a no fuss, no drama option for a MTB saddle with its standard chromoly rails, hardwearing synthetic covering and three colour options.
After some research we found the Ladle, at 290g, to weigh little more than some considerably spendier options. Charge says the padding used in the Ladle is lightweight, something that must help it keep its weight down here.
The Pouring Rim
The best kitchen ladle will be one that has a pouring rim on the bowl. This is a small outward curve around the entire lip of the bowl which makes all the difference when you are pouring liquid. Make sure that any ladle you are buying has a pouring rim on the bowl.
Any ladle worth buying will be made 100% of stainless steel. Any other material is either a gimmick or some sort of useless sales feature you are going to end up wasting money on.
Plastic ladles cost as much as stainless-steel ones and are prone to shatter and break. Avoid it all cost. Even a hairline split can render a ladle useless.
Any ladle with silicone or some sort of grip is yet again unnecessary. This stuff is dangerous in the kitchen. If you forget it in a hot pot or a pan it will melt, not only ruining the ladle, but possibly the pot or pan it was in.
A plastic spatula for nonstick cookware
This silicone-coated spatula is a must if you use nonstick cookware as it won’t scratch. It’s angled, tapered edge easily slips under brittle cookies and fried eggs without mangling them.
The GIR Mini 11-Inch Flip Spatula performs nearly as well as a fish spatula, but it won’t scratch the delicate surface of nonstick cookware. While it can’t beat metal for sharpness or dexterity, its tapered blade allowed us to scoot underneath warm cookies without breaking them. Don’t be deceived by this spatula’s smaller-than-average size; its sharply angled blade, paper-thin edge, and offset handle allowed our testers to flip fried eggs and pancakes with confidence. Since it’s made from a solid piece of silicone (available in many colors), there are no grooves that trap food, simplifying cleaning.
GIR Silicone Spatula
A silicone spatula for preparing batters, doughs, or cooking over high heat
Made from a single piece of silicone and available in several colors, the GIR Spatula has a small head that’s slim enough to fit into a small jar or measuring cup, with parallel sides that can scrape down the straight sides of a sauce pan. Though the tip is thick enough to give the spatula heft for pressing down doughs, the tool is flexible enough to glide smoothly and cleanly around the edges of a mixing bowl. Our testers liked the angled tip for getting around the bottom of sloped-sided cookware. The grippy, rounded handle feels better in the hand than many of the competitors’ flat, thin sticks.
The Winco TN71Blade Hamburger Turner is the perfect spatula for lifting hefty burgers off of a grill. The metal blade is sturdy and solid; there are no slots for meat to push through, which was the case when we tried flattening meat patties using fish spatulas. Since it’s heavier than the competition, it excelled at smashing burgers Shake Shack-style on a griddle with minimal effort. This heavy-duty metal turner was the only model we tested that had beveled edges on all three sides of the blade, which allowed the spatula to slide easily under pancakes and freshly-baked cookies better than the competition.
Who should get this
Every cook will need a spatula—more likely, several spatulas—in their toolkit. Aside from knives, they’re probably the most often reached-for tools in the kitchen. Whether you’re a professional cook or a reluctant home cook, having a few kinds of spatulas on hand for specific tasks—like turning things on a pan or griddle, folding batters, lifting pastries, and releasing fond from the bottom of a pan—is indispensable.
Every cook will need a spatula—more likely, several spatulas—in their toolkit.
A good spatula can actually make your food look and taste better because it won’t mangle delicate surfaces and will bring some of the delicious brown bits up as you cook. Different functions and pans should be paired with utensils of different materials and shapes. For some, like Epicurious’s Regina Schrambling, “You can never, ever have enough.”
Choosing which spatula to get
We talked to our experts about which spatulas they always have on hand. Judy Haubert, associate food editor at Saveur, told us, “For flipping and turning foods while pan-searing or sautéing, I use at least four different kinds of spatulas, depending on what I’m cooking.” While it’s nice to have a plethora of kitchen tools to choose from, we recommend only buying the spatulas that match your cooking needs. After our own research and interviewing the pros, we were able to narrow it down to four key types (with two honorable mentions).
How we picked
Our tests confirmed that metal fish spatulas are the best all-purpose spatulas for tackling a multitude of cooking tasks.
Spatulas are workhorses in the kitchen. They need to be able to lift and support heavy items while maneuvering around delicate foods in tight spaces. Tracey Seaman, test kitchen director for Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine, said cooks should think about “what kind of pan you’re using and what you’re going to use as your tool.” While the thin, sharp edges of a fish spatula are perfect on cast iron or stainless steel, they can do damage to the coating on a nonstick pan. However, some of the plastic spatulas that work well on nonstick aren’t thin enough to slip easily under cookies. And neither of these can scrape down the walls of a saucepan with thickening pastry cream.
For this guide, we tested four plastic spatulas for nonstick cookware (from top to bottom): the GIR Ultimate 13-Inch Flip Spatula, the KitchenAid Nylon Short Turner, the GIR Mini 11-Inch Flip Spatula, and the OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner.
Aside from metal fish spatulas, we also looked at plastic spatulas for use on nonstick cookware. When cooking with nonstick pans, it’s important to only use plastic, wood, or silicone utensils to avoid scratching the coating on the pan. Like metal spatulas, the best plastic spatulas have a thin edge that can slip under foods. They also maintain flexibility for maneuvering and strength for lifting. Where many plastic spatulas fail is in thickness, as many are just too thick to slide under delicate foods without breaking them. We looked for plastic spatulas that had tapered edges and thin blades.
How we tested
We designed our tests to cover some common use cases to evaluate the dexterity, strength, flexibility, and overall ease of use for each spatula.
For the metal fish spatulas, we flipped flour-dusted tilapia fillets in an All-Clad skillet to test how the spatulas performed a delicate task. We used the plastic spatulas to sauté fillets in nonstick skillets. And we used both the metal and plastic spatulas to flip pancakes to see how they could support the weight of heavier items. We also used the spatulas to flip over-easy eggs and remove freshly-baked Tate’s chocolate chip cookies from a cookie sheet.
We flipped flour-dusted tilapia fillets in an All-Clad skillet to test how the metal fish spatulas performed a delicate task.
We placed a large stack of pancakes on the spatulas to test their strength.
We baked thin, delicate chocolate chip cookies and removed them using the spatulas to test their thinness and flexibility.
We tested wooden spatulas by using them to break up ground beef in a skillet.
We loved the Wüsthof Fish Spatula, which performed identically to the Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Turner. However, it costs double the price for the same performance as our pick.
Our testers loved the handsome wood handle on the Williams-Sonoma Walnut Fish Spatula, but they found the sharp bend in the blade difficult to maneuver.
The Winco FST-6.5-Inch Blade Fish Spatula has a sharp angle at the edge of the blade that made flipping fish fillets more difficult than our top pick.
The American-made LamsonSharp Slotted Turner has a full-tang high-carbon stainless-steel blade and lovely balance in the hand. But we found that mid-blade flexibility and a too-gentle curve at the tip caused heavier foods to slide off. However, it is one of the few brands that offers a left-handed model.
The MIU France Slotted Turner had a blade that was too flexible and lightweight to carry heavier foods. It felt flimsy and there’s almost no curve at the tip, so food just slips right off.
The blade on the OXO Good Grips Fish Turner is far too large for performing delicate tasks like flipping fish fillets and removing cookies off of a crowded tray.
The GIR Mini 11-Inch Flip Spatula is the best tool for cooking on nonstick cookware.
Wider head for large batches
Rubbermaid Commercial High-Heat Scraper, 13.5-Inch (1963)
If our top pick is unavailable, the Rubbermaid 9½-Inch High-Heat Scraper is a great alternative. It’s a stalwart that can be found in many commercial kitchens. The wider head on the Rubbermaid makes it ideal for preparing large batches of cake batter and frosting or for folding ingredients together. Some of our testers found the head to be a bit too stiff and that the flat handle wasn’t as comfortable to hold as our top pick. However, after long-term testing this spatula for over a year, we found that the blade softens over time and becomes more flexible with use. The Rubbermaid is also more difficult to clean than the GIR because it has more crevices for food to hide in.
The Rubbermaid is available in a small 9½-inch size and a larger 13½-inch size. While our testers found the 9½-inch spatula to be more manageable for home cooks, the larger version was the top pick from Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required). The Rubbermaid spatulas only come with a one-year limited warranty.
A dirt-cheap wooden spatula
This cheap wooden spatula is the perfect marriage between a wooden spoon and spatula. Its flat edge easily scrapes up fond while deglazing, and its rounded corner gets into the hard-to-reach areas of sloped-sided cookware.
While our testers don’t love bamboo utensils due to their short lifespan, it’s hard to beat the inexpensive Helen Chen 13-Inch Bamboo Stir Fry Spatula. It doesn’t cover quite as much surface area on the bottom of a pan as our top pick, but it still makes quick work of scraping up fond while deglazing. Its sharp, angled edge and rounded corners can even reach the rounded perimeter of sloped cookware. The wide handle made this paddle easy to grip and break up ground beef in a skillet, though our testers still preferred the rounded, tapered handle on the Artisanal Kitchen Supply turner. Like our top pick, the Helen Chen spatula doesn’t come with a warranty.
An offset spatula for spreading batter and frosting cakes
The sharper angle to the offset blade made frosting cakes easy on the wrists and provided enough clearance so our knuckles didn’t mar the surface of the cakes. Due to its shiny finish and thin blade, the Ateco 138slid effortlessly under warm, delicate cookies better than the competition. Our testers found that the flatter angle of the OXO Good Grips Offset Icing Spatula and the Wilton 13-Inch Angled Icing Spatula didn’t allow as much clearance as the Ateco 138The wood handle is lightweight and easy to hold, so our wrists didn’t tire even after frosting several cake layers.
There are some drawbacks to the Ateco 138and 1385: they’re not dishwasher-safe and don’t come with a warranty. However, Wirecutter writer and test kitchen manager Lesley Stockton has been using her wood-handled Ateco spatulas for at least years and reports that they’re still going strong.
Care and maintenance
While we didn’t do lengthy tests for stains or smells on silicone spatulas, Pim Techamuanvivit of Kin Khao suggests using separate spats for strong-flavored foods. She told us, “I have certain types of spatulas I use only for my jams. Those are not allowed to have any contact with those that I use when I make curry or stir-fry. I keep them separate because it doesn’t matter how many times you wash a silicone spatula that touched a curry paste—it’s going to smell like curry paste, and it’s just going to transfer.”
If you’re worried about scraping off the seasoning on your cast iron pans when using a fish spatula or metal turner, don’t be. The Lodge Cast Iron website says, “any utensils, including metal, are okay on cast iron and seasoned steel cookware.” However, the site does recommend using wood, silicone, or nylon utensils with any porcelain enameled products.
Over the years, we’ve nicked the tips of our spatulas by scraping down the bowl of a food processor fitted with a sharp stainless steel blade. To avoid damaging the head of your silicone spatula, try to remove the blade attachment before scraping, if possible. Not only will you avoid ingesting small bits of silicone—you’ll also extend the life of your spatula.
When storing offset spatulas, avoid cramming them in a crowded kitchen drawer; they can get bent out of shape. Once bent, they’re nearly impossible to flatten out again, which can be annoying when trying to create a smooth surface on a frosted cake.
Regardless of material, avoid placing spatulas on a screaming hot pan or too close to your heat source.
Judy Haubert, Associate Food Editor at Saveur and former private chef, Interview
Tracey Seaman, Test Kitchen Director at Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine, Interview
Chef Brian Huston, The Publican and Boltwood, Interview
Chef Howie Velie, Associate dean of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America, Interview
Pim Techamuanvivit, jam maker and restaurateur behind San Francisco’s Kin Khao, Interview
Chef Pattara Kuramarohit, Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA, Interview
Emma Christensen, Happy Kitchen: Caring For Wooden Utensils, The Kitchn, May 5, 2008
Emma Christensen, Master Quick and Healthy Wok Cooking: Grace Young’s Best Stir-Fry Tips, The Kitchn, May 31, 2012
Emma Christensen, Favorite Kitchen Tool: Offset Spatula, The Kitchn, October 8, 2009
Why You Should Use a Wooden Spoon
Food Network star chef Ina Garten always keeps plenty of wooden spoons and utensils on hand in her kitchen.
Are there any drawbacks to using wooden spoons? No, not really. You can’t run them through the dishwasher – they should always be washed by hand and left to air-dry. To keep them in top condition, we recommend rubbing them liberally with our organic wooden bowl and board preserver occasionally. You’ll find articles online discussing whether wooden spoons “pick up” scents and flavors. They don’t. This is one of those myths that simply isn’t true.
And the great news is that all of these benefits apply to all wooden spatulas and utensils! Wooden spoons and utensils are very affordable, too. So stock your kitchen with a good supply wooden spoons and utensils today. And, be sure to check out the
Pro Tips for Wooden Spoons
It’s Hip To Be Square – Spoons in particular are used for stirring for longer periods of time. Michael Ruhlman says a square handle is easier on the hand than a round handle – a nice fit without any ache, and a nice flat spot for your thumb to rest.
Size Matters – You’ll generally want longer spoons. Most pots are 8″ to 10″ tall, so you’ll want enough of the handle to stick out of the pot to grab it – even when it’s angled across the pot. So, 15″ spoons and 17″ spoons are great for most uses. If you cook with larger pots, or larger batched of chili, for example, a 24″ spoon is recommended for its strength and length.
No Ping Pong Paddle, Please – Choose a spoon that is not too big. Otherwise, it’s like stirring with a ping pong paddle. You want the spoon to move through the food with ease and not feel like work. All of our wooden spoons are designed with this in mind and are a joy to use.
Choosing the Right Commercial Popcorn Popper for Your Business
The high profit margins associated with selling popcorn make the purchase of a commercial popcorn popper a potentially lucrative one. They are fairly straight-forward, simple machines that require relatively little maintenance yet generate high profit margins. A popcorn popper is a solid investment for your concession stand, sports arena, or other entertainment venue.
A number of kettles are available that will help keep your popcorn flowing. These kettles are typically made of stainless steel, and some are specially coated to make clean-up a breeze. With either single or twin arms, they offer stability to keep the kettle from flipping over uncontrollably.
The kettle is where heat, popcorn, and oil meet to create popcorn, aided by a mechanism that will stir the mixture to ensure even heating. Some models even come with a convenient oil delivery system, so you don’t have to add oil with every batch. Units with an updraft filtering system will remove steam and vapors, leaving you with crispy popcorn and cleaner air. However, the aroma purposely escapes into the atmosphere to help you generate sales.
Once the corn is popped, it tumbles down to fill the cabinet. Many poppers have a heated deck or an infrared heat lamp to keep popcorn warm and crisp until you’re ready to serve it. Some models also have perforated decks that allow unpopped kernels to fall away from the batch of popcorn, ensuring you only serve your customers the corn they want.
Maximizing the number of kernels that actually pop will go a long way toward ensuring that the machine is working for you. Once they’ve popped effectively, the kernels can be kept in a staging cabinet that may have thermostatic controls to keep the corn crisp and warm until serving.
The best popcorn poppers will not only have high wattage, but will use that wattage to pop the highest percentage of kernels. The smaller machines range from 68to 1300 watts, while the larger ones come in at more than 8000. With wattage basically equaling speed, you’ll want a machine that has the wattage to keep up with quick demand. The higher the wattage, the more quickly the pressure from expanding steam will build up within the kernel, causing it to erupt into a fluffy, crispy puff of perfection.
Commercial popcorn machines have cases that are made of tempered glass or Plexiglas, with stainless steel or aluminum bases and corners. If your popper will be visible to your customers, you’ll want to make sure that the model you choose has scratch- and warp-resistant glass to keep your popper looking its best. Some of them have vibrant graphics and highly decorative stands, bases, or carts that may be offered separately. A few models have staging cases to help promote your product.
The next step in ensuring your popper merchandises your corn effectively is maintaining a proper cleaning regimen. While the daily cleaning of a popcorn machine is relatively simple, even with this cleaning grease and residue will build up on the kettle over time, which can cause poor performance. KaTom offers specially-designed kettle cleaners that will keep your popcorn popper working like a new one.
You can also take your popcorn to the next level by offering special flavors like cheese, caramel, or kettle corn. There are also kettle corn poppers that are designed to deliver a popcorn with a satisfying balance of sweet and savory flavors.
Cooker mixers will allow you to present fresh, sweet caramel corn in as few as 1minutes. You’ll want to make sure that you choose a popcorn that expands widely, in order to have enough surface area to fully cover the popcorn. A wide selection of colored and flavored glazes and salts can add some variety to your selection.
Staging Cabinets and Carts
There are two types of staging cabinets. The ones with deep wells keep popcorn hot, crisp, and visible until it’s ready to be boxed or bagged. The other holds packaged servings so you can get ahead of the rush. Whichever type you choose, most will have good lighting, a heating element, and vibrant graphics to help generate impulse buys. Many of them will also be on rollers, making it easy to clean under them and reposition them in your establishment. Carts will also give you mobility, and many have retro designs to add some nostalgia to this classic treat.
Serving Containers and Supplies
It will be important to have a variety of serving sizes for selling customers exactly the amount they want. You may need a tray with an area for a cup for the kids or a giant tub for the whole family. Containers range in sizes from.to 2ounces in size and may be in the shape of a bag, box, or tub. You’ll also want to make certain you have dispensers to add the perfect finishing touch: butter. These dispensers will allow you to ladle or pump the topping right over the popcorn to allow precise amounts for the perfect butter to popcorn ratio.
An apple or fruit corer is designed to cut through fruit, removing the core and pips in one piece. Some of these corers look like a knife, bit instead of a blade there is a cylindrical cutting blade to go through the centre of the fruit. Other corers are designed to core and slice the fruit in one go. These will be flatter in design with grip handles for applying downward pressure on the vertical blades to core and slice in once seamless action.
Tools for use with butter include butter curlers for creating decorative curls of butter, and butter paddles and churners for making your own butter at home.
Can openers vary from hand-held manual models to fully automatic electric models. The opener is attached to the can and sharp rotating wheels neatly open the can. Most modern can openers take the whole of the top off the can leaving a relatively safe edge, although care should always be taken when opening and removing lids.
Carving forks are used to assist in carving hot and cold meats. They are designed with long, sharp prongs for securely holding the meat in place whilst carving and should have a strong and sturdy handle. Carving forks are normally made from stainless steel for strength and durability.
A funnel is used for pouring liquids and grains into a small openings, such as a bottle or a jar. The funnel can be made from plastic or metal and are available in a variety of sizes. Funnels are available in sets of assorted sizes and can feature handles or a lip for hanging onto a utensil rack or hook.
A grapefruit knife is a specially shaped and serrated knife for cutting out segments of the fruit. The tip of the knife turns in slightly to allow the serrated edge to cut, this helps to get around all the segment easily. These knives can also be used for oranges and other citrus fruits with segments.
Ice Cream Scoop
An ice cream scoop is a tool with a handle and a rounded scoop on the top, some models also have a lever that slides a small blunted blade under the ice cream to remove it from the scoop. These scoops have to be pretty tough as they have to cut into frozen food. Can also be used for serving other iced desserts like sorbet or even mashed potatoes.
Trying to open a jar with a stuck lid is one of life’s more annoying problems. When brute force alone won’t do the trick there a number of jar openers that can help you out. These range from simple rubber sheets that offer a secure grip to both the jar and lid (some brute force will still be needed!), to openers that clamp the lid securely as you turn its long handle for levering the lid open.
A ladle is a long-handled scoop shaped spoon for pouring and serving stews, casseroles and soups. The ladle is easy to use as there is no twisting needed to be able to get a full spoonful of food before lifting out. These spoons are generally made from stainless steel or nylon, or even a combination.
A masher is primarily used for mashing potatoes, but can also be used for swede, carrot and other vegetables. These long handled utensils will have a flat base with holes in it to squeeze and squash the boiled, softened food. Mashers are available in nylon and metal.
A meat tenderiser can be various shapes and sizes and is used for tenderising meat before cooking. Similar in shape to a mallet (and used in the same way) it has spikes or raised bumps which bash and tenderise the meat. The other type of tenderiser is similar to a large stamp with the metal spikes on the bottom, this is pushed down into the meat which helps to break down the fibres without flattening.
A palette knife is a flat rounded knife without a sharp or serrated edge. This type of knife is used for smoothing and levelling icing onto cakes and desserts. The knife will have a firm grip handle and an angled blade designed for precision.
A pastry brush looks and works in a very similar way to an ordinary paintbrush. It is used for glazing pastry and pies prior to cooking and can also be used for basting meats and other foods whilst roasting or grilling. The bristles can be made from a variety of materials but they need to withstand hot fat and oils without melting. Therefore silicone, natural or nylon are a good choice along with a good firm grip handle.
Peelers can be used on a variety of foods like vegetables and some fruits to remove the outer layer of skin. The double edge blade allows right or left hand operation for multi directional strokes. The peelings will pass through the peeler dropping through to the surface. Some peelers may feature different types of blades to allow the peeler to create some shredding style peelings called Julienne.
A pizza cutter is a handheld tool with a large circular blade for cutting pizza into slices. An alternative to the wheeled version is the rocker cutter. This has a wide curved blade (similar to a mezzaluna) which is rocked back and forth to cutting the pizza. Be mindful of the surface you cut the pizza on as this could be scratched from the blade of the pizza cutter.
A splatter guard is a large round mesh guard made from metal or plastic that’s placed over the top of woks and frying pans to stop hot oil from spitting out when frying food. Steam and heat is still allowed to escape through the mesh, but the guard will protect your hands and arms from any hot oil splashes as well as making less mess around the hob.
Kitchen spoons come in a large variety of sizes, styles and materials. Traditionally made from wood they can now be made from metal, nylon, silicone or a combination of the aforementioned. Generally used for stirring and mixing, pouring and serving, there are also slotted varieties used for lifting and draining food such as potatoes.
Turners are thin, wide tools (slotted or plain) to slide easily under food. Ideal for flipping burgers or gently lifting fish or steaks from a pan. The handle will have a good grip and enable the tool to be used at high temperatures. Made from nylon or stainless steel or even a combination.
A whisk is a tool used for whisking and whipping ingredients together or adding air to a mixture or liquid. There are various designs available including balloon (great for whipping cream and egg whites), flat (suitable for gravies and sauces) and flat coil (vinaigrettes etc). A rotary whisk lies midway between a hand whisk and an electric whisk – you provide the power to it by turning a handle which gears down to two interlocking whisks. An electric whisk will do all the hard work for you, but as it’s a lot faster than using a manual whisk, be careful not to over whip cream and egg whites.
A zester is a quick and easy way of removing the outer zest from any citrus fruit. This short handled tool will be made of a strong material like stainless steel and should have a firm, comfortable grip. Pressure onto the citrus fruit will need to be applied so the zest can be scraped from the fruit by the head with the small serrated teeth.
A holder will be used for resting a utensil on during cooking keeping your work surface mess-free and avoiding contamination.
Stainless steel is a commonly used material for kitchen utensils and tools. It provides strength and longevity as well as giving an attractive finish. Care should be taken when using on non-stick surfaces.
Wooden tools and utensils are still a favourite in the kitchen and won’t scratch your pots and pans. Wood is tough, won’t break easily and has a high heat tolerance.
Silicone is becoming more and more popular in the modern kitchen, not only because it can be bought in a variety of fun colours, but because the heat tolerance of silicone is outstanding over nylon. Silicone is also hard wearing and won’t stain like wood can. Because silicone is soft and flexible, it is fine to use on non-stick surfaces.
Height and diameter
When considering the dimensions, check the concave properties of the wok. Extreme measurements, i.e., too deep or too narrow has their disadvantages. Too deep means that the heat will only serve the bottom and the sides will not get much of it which will result to uneven cooking.
On the other hand, a shallow wok will make difficult to move and toss the food on the sides. Suitable measurements go to a 14-inch pan with a minimum of inches if you buy the flat-bottomed type. The depth should be about inches which is considerate to hold enough food for cooking.
All the handles on the wok are meant for one purpose: to lift it up. They come in different handles with some having a long one on one end and a looped handle on the other end. Others will have looped handles opposite each other while the rest will have one long handle only. Choose what you prefer and the technique you like when lifting the wok.
Other supporting utensils might come in handy depending on what you use the wok for. Some are sold solo while others will have a lid, spatula, ladle, and burner ring steamer tray among other accoutrements. First, check on why you need the wok before you decide on what else to add to the shopping list for successful cookery.
Best Ninja Blender Reviews, Comparison and Buying Guide
Are you tired of those same old, same old blenders that promise everything but never really amount to something? Have you been searching for a best blender site that can give you fair and honest reviews to base your purchases on?
Look no further, because we have a comprehensive guide for buyers like you. We have a quick-glance table that lists down each item’s specifications – from pricing to ratings to make it easier for you to compare them.
And yes, we also have no-holds-barred ninja blender reviews from real people who have actually used the products so you’ll be aware of each item’s best (or worst) features that will help you decide which of these blenders just the right one for you is.
Never ever settle for a blender that does not have suction cups at the bottom of its base unless you plan to hold it firmly during blending. For added security (just in case your kids decide to run around your kitchen and bump into your blender), choose a base that can only be removed by pressing a release lever.
Some people say that glass is the best material for blenders as these are easier to clean and does not retain the smell of foods. However, glass is breakable, making it a least favorite option among homeowners with limited resources. If you fit this bill, you might want to choose durable plastics (sans the BPA, a toxic chemical) or stainless steel.
What if you’re just a single person who wants to have different kinds of blended beverages at various times of the day? Then, you might want to consider blenders that come with single serve cups. Or maybe you want to make homemade cookies occasionally. For this, you might need an attachment like a dough paddle. Don’t buy because of hype. Check out different blenders for features that will answer your specific need.
How to Choose a Blender
As with anything else, you should choose a blender according to what best fits your specific needs. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t really care if your juices and smoothies are lumpy, then you can settle for blenders with low wattages. But, if you want something that feels good and smooth in your mouth, then, by all means, get one that has a 1,500 and above wattage.
Aside from wattage, sturdy base, speeds, material, safety, maintenance and additional features, here are some tips that would help you decide which type of blender is right for you:
Size of pitcher. Do you have a big family? Then why not buy a blender that has a liter capacity for all those beverages? That would be a great time and effort saver because you won’t have to blend batches and you won’t have too many clean-ups to make. One blending can produce enough juice or smoothies for all members of the family.
Spout. As they say, not all blenders are created equal – and that includes their spouts. Some don’t have spouts – so you’ll have to take a hit or miss thing when transferring its contents or use a ladle to scoop it out. To avoid this, choose one which has a very distinct spout for pouring to efficiently channel its contents to a glass or any container. Now that’s clean, spotless pouring, don’t you think?
Warranty. It’s important that you check out the warranty – how long would it last and which parts will be covered. If the warranty is too short, say six months, choose another one. It only means that the manufacturers aren’t too sure about the durability of their product so they play it safe by just having a six-month warranty. So, if ever the blender gets broken on the month, you’ll have to pay for parts and services.
Multi-functionality. Do you want a blender that can not only blend but chop, grind or pulverize? Then you need one that has a commercial-grade construction. Yes, these may be expensive, but considering that these can take the place of other kitchen gadgets, they’re worth it.
Distance of blades to base. Oh yes, you may not be aware of it, but this really does matter. One of the ninja blender reviews that I’ve read stated that a blade that is too near the base is best for chopping, grinding and pulverizing solids as this does not allow particles under the blade. This means you can have smooth nut butters and purees. On the other hand, blenders that have a little more space between the blades and the base are best for making juices, smoothies or anything that you need to liquefy. The design allows liquid under the blades for a smoother texture.
Beauty. Blenders usually occupy the kitchen counter so you’ll definitely want something that will look good, right? Choose a color that will complement the other elements of the heart of your home such as the walls, furniture and other appliances.
Proper Blender Care
So you’ve decided to get a more powerful blender like the ones featured in our ninja blender reviews? Yes, we know that it’s not cheap so we’ve also included some tips on how to take proper care of a blender. Here they are:
Use for its specific purpose. Don’t force your blender to crush, grind or pulverize if it’s not designed to do so. Neither should you fill it above the fill line. These actions will overwork and damage its motor and blades causing it to break prematurely.
Clean it right after using. Don’t let food cling to a blender’s jar and blades for too long because it leaves a rotten smell and may even pose health hazards to you and your family. Sure, you can just pop your blender in a dishwasher, but it will get cloudy in time. That’s why you need to do some manual cleaning periodically. Here’s how to do it: Put some water inside your blender, a drop or two of liquid soap and 3-drops of white vinegar. Put the lid on, replace the blender to its base. Run for seconds, then pulse. Do this twice. Empty the contents, fill the jar halfway with lukewarm water and run it again. Do this until you’re sure all debris and soap are removed.
Proper drying. After washing, put the blender upside down to remove all water. Then use a piece of soft cotton cloth to dry it and air it out to get rid of all moisture. DO not put the lid on when storing.
Allow it to stop. Never remove or replace the blender on its base while it’s still running. Do so only after the motor has stopped completely to prevent the shaft from premature breakage.
Here are some tips that you might want to consider not only to prolong the life of your blender but to get the best results as well:
Cut fruits and vegetables in small pieces. Sure, your blender can do the chopping, but that would take up more time. Plus, the result won’t be as satisfactory because larger sizes won’t be able to pass around the blades.
Save the ice for last. Putting the ice first will lead to a watery, not frosty good smoothie.
Put a little liquid first. Your blender will have a tougher time moving ingredients around without a little water. When the texture looks good, add the powders, ice then if you have them, fresh fruits. This will give you great-tasting smoothies.
Grind difficult ingredients first. Nuts, leafy grains and similar ingredients should be grinded before all the other ingredients. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a lumpy smoothie.
Don’t over blend. Start your blender at low, pulse, high then bring it back to low. This is to minimize the oxidation which causes foods to lose their nutritional value. That would defy the very essence of making healthier food options, don’t you think?
Experiment with small batches. Just because a famous blending book author tells you that this and this ingredients make good-tasting health drinks really does taste good. It may taste awesome to her but awful to you. Experiment with your new found recipe in small batches. If it does taste good, then, congratulations! If not, do some improvising. Add some ingredients that you think would taste good with the others.
Consider fruit and vegetable leftovers. Don’t just throw away pineapple cores and broccoli stalks because these parts are the most nutritious. Cut them up in small pieces before you use them.
Comes with a two year guarantee
The nonstick coating inside the wok may come off. However, this issue is covered by the two year guarantee.
What customers love most about this product is how well constructed it is and also the fact that it is non-stick. The non-stick aspect of this pan makes it easy to clean up as food hardly sticks to the pot. And the best part is that it is dishwasher safe.
Joyce Chen 21-997Classic Series 1Inch Carbon Steel Wok (Best Steel Work for the Money)
With this wok you can also deep fry, steam and simmer your foods. This wok heats up well so your food will cook the way it should. For full flavoring the pan should be seasoned before it is first used. Tt is also part of the classic series by Joyce Chen.
This 1inch carbon steel wok set is flat bottomed, which helps distribute heat evenly. With 1.mm carbon steel it is sturdy and durable, heats up quickly and can be used on both electric and gas stovetops.
Customers who have used this product like that they don’t need pot holders to lift this pot as its wooden handles stay cool. They also love the combination of the long handle and the little helper handle. Which makes it easy for them to work with the pan.
Joyce Chen 21-9972, Classic Series 4-Piece Carbon-Steel Wok Set
This four piece wok set is made up of a 1inch carbon steel wok, 1inch bamboo spatula, nonstick steel dome lid and a recipe booklet, giving you everything you need to create meal after meal. Safe to use on electric and gas stovetops, its wide top and narrow bottom makes it possible to fry with less oil. Made with 1-1/mm gauge carbon steel it heats up fast and evenly, for meals that are thoroughly and perfecrtly cooked.
As with other carbon woks, this item should be seasoned before use. Hand washing is recommended for this cooking pan and it should also be dried before storing. This product makes an ideal gift as it comes in a gift box.
Customers who purchased this product love that it is light-weight which makes lifting a breeze. They also confirm that as long as the wok is properly seasoned before use, it will produce good results and cleanup is easy.
1Inch Carbon Steel Wok w/ Helper Handle (Flat Bottom) USA Made
Most customers love that this wok can be used on any range of stove top because of its flat bottom design. They also love its padded bottom of steel as it helps the wok hold heat very well.
Size and Height
The height and diameter of the product should be considered. Also check its concave properties. If you get one that is too deep, the heat will be retained in the bottom and the transfer of heat to the sides will not be adequate and reslt in uneven cooking.
On the other hand, if it is too shallow you will not be able to move and toss foods up the sides. The ideal diameter should be a 1inch pan with a minimum of inches for the flat bottomed ones, and a depth of inches.
Woks come with different handles: some have a long handle on one side and a loop handle on the other side, some come with two small loop handles opposite each other, while others simply have only one long handle. All the handles serve the same purpose: to lift the wok up. Choose your wok based on your preference and technique.
Accessories and Utensils
Some woks are sold individually while others come in a set that consists of a lid, ladle, burner rings steamer tray, spatula, etc.
Deccide what you will use the wok for before you choose one. Besides stir frying, there are other options like steaming, smoking and deep frying and all these will require extra pieces for successful cooking.
These pans sustain a lot of wear and tear, and although they should last longer than years it is recommended that they should be replaced every decade.
Time Needed to Cook Rice
While rice cookers aren’t usually all that much faster than stovetop cooking, some models do boast the ability to cook rice very quickly, usually through pressure cooking, but at the very least, you want a unit that will cook up a batch of rice in a reasonable amount of time.
To figure out the best option for you, think about how often you plan ahead, and how busy your schedule tends to be.
If you do most of your cooking in large batches (like a meal prep Sunday), or your schedule allows you to spend a little longer on dinner during the week, a model with a longer cook time may work well.
However, if your schedule is a little more hectic and you need dinner on the table yesterday, look for a rice cooker that has a pressure cooking option that can reduce cooking times, so you get your meal ready faster.
It can be hard to plan ahead when you’re busy, so having the ability to quickly get food on the table is another way to get your money’s worth from your appliance and use it more frequently.
Dinner can be a snap when you have your machine loaded and ready to go – but you don’t want to cook something in the morning just to have it sitting around all day until you get home.
That’s where the delay start function comes in handy – it allows you it simply set up the rice cooker ahead of time, say, in the morning before you leave for work. Then, you program the machine to begin cooking later in the day so you can come home to a fresh pot of steaming rice when you walk in the door.
Without a delay start function, you’ll be constricted to only making rice when you think of it, and it takes out some of the “set it and forget it” nature that comes with being able to prepare dinner while you’re not even home.
There’s something to be said for getting home to a complete meal that just needs to be served!
If you eat multiple kinds of rice, it’s best to look for a model that has a separate program for each type. However, if you find yourself eating mostly white rice with your meals, a single-option rice cooker may fit your needs perfectly.
Our Recommended Pick
The 6-quart, 7-in-Instant Pot is the king of kitchen appliances!
It may just be the gadget that replaces almost all your other kitchen appliances. In addition to cooking rice, the Instant Pot also slow cooks, sautees/browns, makes yogurt, steams foods, and reheats, all in one small, simple-to-use product.
While the machine technically boasts functions in a single unit, it has 1micro-processor controlled programs on the large, easy-to-use control panel, including dual pressure, automatic keep-warm, and three temperatures for saute and slow cook.
That means you have maximum customization for each and every recipe you create. With the push of a button, you have a setting to make soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, saute, steam, rice, porridge, multigrain, slow cook, keep-warm, yogurt, pasteurize, and fermented rice.
The Instant Pot also utilizes pressure cooking, which reduces cooking times up to a whopping 70%. This means that cooking dried beans from scratch is no longer a two-day process, and you can infuse slow-cooked flavor into your dishes in a fraction of the time.
And the best part is because each function is pre-programmed, you don’t need to be standing over it, watching – just set it up, wait about an hour for dishes like chili or Irish stew, and serve. The Instant Pot has a delayed cooking feature up to 2hours and an automatic keep-warm setting that holds in temperature, generates no noise, and leaks no steam.
The unit is elegant and ergonomic, suitable for right- and left-handed users. The steel cooker base can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth, and the cooking bowl, made from 18/food grade 30stainless steel, is dishwasher safe, for quick and easy cleanup.
Though this product has overwhelmingly positive reviews, every product is bound to have a few cons.
Some purchasers complain that the calculated time for each food does not include heat up/depressurization time – so, if the manual says a particular food will need 30 minutes to cook something, note that this does not include the time the machine spends heating up and depressurizing, which can take longer the fuller the cooking pot.
Additionally, the stainless steel cooking bowl is great for food quality but can mean stuck-on food, so make sure you immediately wash the cooking bowl or leave it to soak to prevent stuck-on food.
What We Disliked time calculations do not include depressurization time stainless steel bowl means food is more likely to stick does not provide a good sear or read our full indepth review
Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Excelling at making restaurant-quality rice at home, the Zojirushi is a respected name in rice cookery. The sleek design looks elegant on a countertop and takes up minimal counter space, so you aren’t clogging your work station with the appliance. The machine looks modern and fits well in most kitchens. It also has a retractable power cord for easy storage.
More than anything, people who buy and use this Instant Pot love the versatility of the machine – they use it to make everything from stews to porridge to baked sweet potatoes, and appreciate how little energy it uses – which also means lowering the temperature in your kitchen, saving you money in lots of different ways.
The ability to brown, saute and slow cook in one unit also means easy cleaning, which is perfect for busy families.
However, some reviewers do complain about the instructions that come with the machine – they are not detailed, don’t include basic recipes, and could use a lot of editing.
Luckily, there is a huge online base for the Instant Pot, but this can be frustrating. Additionally, the unit itself is very large – many purchasers noted it would not fit in their cabinets, so they were forced to store it on the countertop.
What We Disliked poor instructions large unit is hard to store cooking cycles take a long time
Zojirushi Micom ½-cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Similar to its 3-cup sister model, this Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer can make up to ten cups of rice at once, making it a better option for larger families or smaller families who eat a lot of rice or want to have a big batch of cooked rice on hand for easy meals or leftovers.
Cook at lower temperatures
You should avoid cooking on a very high heat with non-stick pans. The high temperatures will gradually damage and remove the PTFE surface.
If you need to cook something hot and fast, consider using a wok, which is designed for that purpose.
Oil the pan as you cook
Make sure to season your food before and during the cooking process. Not only does this protect the pan, it enhances the way the food will cook, too.
Never use a non-stick spray on a non-stick pan. Over time, this spray will build up into a sticky surface that won’t be removed during the cooking process.
NexGadget 6-Piece Set
This nylon and silicone hybrid set comes with nearly everything you need in the kitchen, if you find yourself needing more they also have a seven and 38-piece set available to purchase (the and 38-piece sets have some stainless steel hybrid utensils in them).
HULLR 10-Piece Silicon Kitchen set
This colorful set will add some extra color to the kitchen, making dinner prep a little more interesting and is a great way to get the youngsters to want to join in as well (never too soon to get the kids involved).
It has the usual food-grade silicone coating that is BPA free and heat resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. In the set you get; two tongs, two turners, two basting brushes, a whisk, and two spoons.
E4U Cyclone Hyrbrid Utensil Set
The silicone coated whisks provide your cookware much-needed protection from scratches and the spatulas included with the two whisks are made of food-grade silicone capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures.
If you need utensils that are a little outside the norm, check out the toolset offered by Chefcoo. It includes all the standard equipment, but also much more. Moreover, their nylon construction makes them suitable for your non-stick cookware.
The Farberware Classic Nylon Tools set comes in a convenient mesh bag and contains the classic kitchen utensils. This includes a ladle, a mini-turner, a basting spoon, a pasta server, and a slotted spoon.
All of the utensils in this kit are constructed from nylon, so they won’t damage your non-stick pans. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe, making for an easy cleanup
Potential dangers of non-stick coated cookware
Luckily, people much smarter than myself have determined the temperatures that this begins to happen, that being at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. So, as long as you stay within the recommended cooking temperatures you should be just fine.
My Favorite Choice
My favorite set of utensils in our lineup is the StarPack Ultra Extra Flexible Silicone Spatula set. I love this set because it has a silicone coating with a flexible stainless steel frame to help you maneuver the heavier food that you cook on a day to day basis.
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
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