Since moving into our studio flat and discovering we were lacking in many of the essentials, my partner and I have made countless trips to our local IKEA. One of the items we purchased was the Akut 3-Piece Kitchen Utility Set. The set consists of a large spoon, a spatula and another utensil which is like a large fork. (This is where you can tell I'm not too hot in the kitchen!)
We initially made this purchase as we were looking for a spatula kind of item. At the time we weren't too fussed about getting a high quality product as we just wanted something that was better than nothing. I found this set in one of the many large baskets placed around IKEA and decided that for the price this was the perfect purchase. I should point out that I bought this set at IKEA in Krakow, but I have checked on the IKEA website and they are available in the UK for only 70p for the set! Bargain!
For a couple who don't cook very often these utensils always seem to end up in the pile of washing up so we must be using them a lot!
The piece of the set which gets used the most is the spatula, I am forever using this to separate lasagnes' and pies from oven dishes and usually on awkward angles which involve the spatula being bent on strange angles, despite this the spatula is still in one piece and is showing no signs of fatigue or wear.
Next up we have the giant fork, this is also used a lot and mainly for the same things as the spatula, in other words, when the spatula is waiting to be washed the fork is a great substitute! We also find the fork is very handy for mixing salads along with the spoon at the same time. This combination works just as well as any salad tossing tool! Our fork is also still in great condition, it isn't as flexible as the spatula, but then its not really designed to be used for the same things as a spatula.
The spoon is the piece in the set which we use the least, as I mentioned above it is great for mixing salads in combination with the fork. Other than this the only use I can think of for this spoon has been when I have made scrambled egg in the frying pan. This is the main occasion I have been known to leave utensils resting on pans and melt them, however I have found that even if I leave this spoon resting on the edge of the pan with the heat still turned on it doesn't seem to melt. The other bonus of this spoon, and in fact the whole set, is that when I do leave them resting on pots and pans they remain cool enough to pick up again without burning yourself.
Since I am the one who spends most time at home, washing up tends to fall into my list of jobs, and I hate it! But since our kitchen is way too small for any kind of dishwasher I am left with no choice but to fill the sink and get scrubbing! Thankfully these utensils are really easy to clean. I tend to leave most items in the sink in soak for a few minutes before I wash them as I think it makes my job a lot easier, I have noticed with these utensils I don't actually need to soak them unless they have been left dirty for a while as generally nothing seems to stick to them and they come up nice and clean with great ease.