My charity work with HCA is very fulfilling but increasingly eats into work time, as a trustee of a charity I can't be paid for any work I do for HCA. I still have bills to pay and kids to feed so my latest attempt to keep head above water is cooking spoons. I am in search of the perfect cooking spoon, it is currently impossible to buy a perfect cooking spoon and as someone who cooks a lot and carves a lot I feel I have a good idea what is needed. The prefect cooking spoon is neither rounded for flat across the end, it is a gentle curve and cut at an angle either right of left handed. This allows you to sweep around the base of the pan efficiently. The end should be robust enough to scrape scrambled eggs as they begin to thicken but thin enough to cut butter from the pat (save washing a knife) or to easily cut into food when serving.
Narrow spoons are great for bechamel sauce or other liquids where they won't splash and also for removing the last few beans from the base of a tin. Broader spoons are better for serving. It is just possible to make a spoon that cooks well and also serves well, this is great as again it saves washing 2 spoons.
Here are some of the spoons I have been working on. I carve these in the evening so they don't count as work time.
If you would like to support me in my work promoting traditional crafts and also have a nice spoon to cook with send me £20 inc P&P and I'll post you a spoon.
These are all made of willow from the banks of the river Don in Sheffield, the trees had to be cut as part of flood protection work. It makes a great cooking spoon. I don't oil them before using I don't find they need it but you can if you like. They look fairly rustic to folk used to modern sanded spoons but the big clean facets from the knife cuts work well on a spoon that gets hard use and regular washing.
You can send a cheque to
Right Hand Police House
Lane Head Green, Edale
Hope Valley S33 7ZA
or email me for paypal details.
Most of these spoons are right handed but I have a few lefties, let me know if you want one of those.