Ease of Use/Performance: 22/25
How much I enjoy 25/25
I enjoy cooking and nothing is more frustrating or makes me want to quite at the moment than silly and stupid little mistakes and accidents from inept or low quality cookware and utensils. This is not to say I have expensive pot sets from designer chefs or even a fancy kitchen setup. But things like the stupid spatula coming off the handle is something that is very annoying when you’re trying your best to cook a decent meal or make yourself a snack.
Mixing that peanut butter into the oats and other ingredients for a good homemade granola just takes a decent spatula. To have the red rubber spatula sticking out of the glob of peanut butter, honey and oats sticking all over it is irritating. You just know you have to dive in with your fingers and retrieve the thing, just before chucking it into the trash.
This will not be the case for me anymore as I have vowed to buy, or review, only the best high quality products for my kitchen. Or at least only keep the ones that work well. I’m sure everyone has done the spatula trick with it sticking out of the mixing bowl while you shook the handle at the mess you were about to make. How about the tongs resting on the grill only to have the handle charring away nicely while you turned to get the sauce.
Silicone is all the rage and a great way to ensure you don’t melt those utensils, trust me I have tried. Silicone is a food safe polymer material that withstands very high heats such as the stove, oven and barbeque. Coating metal like the tongs or wires of a whisk creates a rubber like surface on utensils that will not scratch coated surfaces like Teflon with normal use.
The Kuhn Rikon Cook’s Silicone Spoon costs about $8 and is very nice with a good curved surface for scrapping and getting into those odd areas at the bottom of small jars. The handle is a tough hard plastic and the Silicone spoon part does not slide off the handle easily like those lesser quality spoons and spatulas.
This spatula is very tough and will not be popping off the handle easily, it takes some good tugging to get it off if you want to. The handle is also a very tough material and takes enough abuse without breaking like mixing that big bowl of granola. And if you don’t think that stuff is hard to mix I use a big container of oats, a couple of cups of wheat bran and a jar or two of peanut butter and a cup of honey for that sticky messy mix. This sure tests out that Silicone Spoon for toughness and staying power on the handle.
The Silicone Tongs are a great way to ensure the best care when flipping steaks, chicken and other meats without squeezing out all those juices as well as taking care not to scratch the cooking surface like Teflon pans. The Silicone Tongs come in a variety of colors and are very convenient for the barbeque or kitchen stove top cooking.
The nice thing about the Silicone Tongs is you can actually set them on the burner and not have them totally melt on you. I tried this out with one of the tongs I received and it left a very slight black mark on the silicone for about thirty seconds of sitting right on the electric burner. That’s quality and tough Silicone wrapped into one handy kitchen and barbeque tool.
The Kuhn Rikon Silicone Barbeque Brush is the nice silicone material so there are no hairs or melted plastic materials and the long handle keeps your hands and arms out of the way of the heat. If you have ever used a real brush for sauces and basting the hairs can be a pain trying to pick them off the chicken or turkey your basting or coating and don’t even talk to me about cleaning up the brush.
The sauce gets into the handle and it’s not coming out soon, a good rinsing surely won’t do it and some of us just don’t have dishwashing mahcines. I have no clue where I would even put one. The Silicone Barbecue Brush is a great way to get the sauce on the meat or whatever you’re cooking and not everywhere else and very healthy for you as well.
No getting the sauce left in the bristles and it cleans up easily with the very pliable silicone bristles but it does soak up a good amount of sauce when slathering that barbeque on. I really was skeptical about the silicone brush until I tried it and now I am sold on them for my use.
The last utensil I have been trying out from Kuhn Rikon and enjoy is the Silicone Rainbow Whisk which is very colorful and well built. I enjoy the whisk as it does not scratch my stainless steel mixing bowls and does a great job with not having eggs and other slightly slimy stuff stick to the wires. The whisk has a nice solid handle and the wires as well as the loop for hanging are very solidly in the handle.
A whisk is nice to use not only in recipe preparation but in cooking things like sauces and scrambled eggs which I love to cook in a cast iron skillet. But my son got a nice Teflon coated omelet skillet that works exceptionally well with scrambled eggs and it is fun to cook using the whisk, just like the good chefs do.
I really like the whisk as it has a very well built handle and the wires won’t pull out of the handle, I have tried tugging on the handle and wires as well as the loop for hanging up the whisk. It is not coming out of there and food is not going into the handle when you get a little over zealous in your work.
The Kuhn Rikon Utensils are great and I really like the Silicone covered material as a protection against melting as well as protecting the Teflon cooking surfaces. Each utensil is well crafted for everyday use as well as being a bit fun with the bright colors. I highly recommend the Silicone Kitchen tools from Kuhn Rikon, you can find them on their website or at fine kitchen stores near you like Creative Kitchen.