Monday, March 2, 2015

They Must Be Silicone

There are many things I am happy to wash and dry by hand.  My beloved Le Creusets, my cast iron pans, my great grandmother's china, my grandma's stemware--these are all worth a little extra effort and attention.  But just about anything else in my kitchen needs to be able to withstand the dishwasher.  With the hottest water setting and the longest heated dry.  There is a chance I carry some obsessive tendencies, and sanitation is a big one.  I wash my hands like 25 times an hour and wash my dishes with soap and water before I put them in the dishwasher.  When I see those commercials advocating putting dirty dishes in a dishwasher, I am compelled to call the FCC and alert them to the violent vulgarity polluting the airwaves.  I think of the dishwasher as an autoclave, not a washing machine.  I would be burned at the stake in California when my water consumption was identified.  I always say that learning to cook ruined restaurants for me because I learned how disgusting food can be.  I fly my control freak flag high and proud.  One thing is for sure in my kitchen: no one will ever suffer from food poisoning via cross contamination.  A drop of soap, maybe--but not anything bacterial. I have the pile of six cutting boards at the end of the night to prove it. I know. Such a shock that I am single.  

Anyway, for the past tenish years I had used Williams-Sonoma wooden-handled with  silicone blade spatulas and spoons.  My brother got me 10 of them one year for Christmas and I loved the way they looked.  The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the fact that water could get between the silicone and the wooden handle.  It always kinda grossed me out, but they were great and sturdy tools.  Well they lasted a good, long time and I really can't complain about them at all.  As these things tend to go, they all broke within a two week period.  I was a little relieved to be able to replace them.  I imagined I would have an exhaustive search looking for the perfect solid silicone spatulas and spoons.  Apparently I am not the only one with such qualifications in baking utensils.  I found them in about thirty seconds on Amazon.  They are inexpensive, sturdy, and have stood up to a year of heavy use looking no worse for the wear. I love them.  If you bake a lot or are just a rigid neurotic like me, I would highly recommend them. 

I was taking them out of the dishwasher this morning and admiring what truly perfect tools they have turned out to be.  My only complaint is that the green appears very lime-y online, but is more of an avocado in person.  It didn't bother me enough to return them, but the pieces I ordered afterward have all been blue. They also come in red and black.