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What I found was a great collection of wooden utensils from Littledeer. Included in the box was: The Pot Scoop, The Better Spreader, The Pan Paddle, The Sprongs and The Serving Scoop.
Littledeer is Canadian company that makes a variety of products including both canoeing paddles and cooking utensils. Designed with fluid dynamics in mind, many of the kitchen utensils are specifically designed for either a left-handed or right-handed user. Being right-handed, I’ve never really noticed as most utensils were made either generic or for righties. I do know that when I held these utensils (Littledeer confirmed if I was a lefty or righty before they sent them out), they fit in my hand like a glove.
Look at how beautiful the wood is. Each utensil is made from a single piece of maple. The grain of each piece is unique and makes for a gorgeous product. The utensil is smoothed all around and has the Mapleware polish on it to help protect the wood. If you haven’t used wood utensils before, they are great for all cookware, including non-stick, and they clean up with some warm soapy water. I decided to give each tool a workout.
The Sprongs went to work first. Reaching into a pan of sizzling oil, the utensil maintained it’s grip on even the rounded edges of chicken drumsticks.
While I could have used The Sprongs to turn the chicken thighs, I wanted to get The Pan Paddle into action. This is one of the tools that is designed to your hand, and it feels it. Holding it with my other hand, it felt a bit awkward. In my right? Perfect. The Pan Paddle easily slid under a frying boneless chicken thigh in order to turn it.
and to later stir a sauce I was making.
The Better Spreader went to work slicing a stick of butter.
The Pot Scoop worked well in the mixing bowl
And spreading the pie filling into the crust.
MY TAKE: Littledeer makes a product that is not only beautiful, but functional. As many chefs don’t give enough thought to “mouth feel” of their food, many utensil manufacturers don’t give enough thought to “hand feel”. It is obvious that Littledeer has spent quite a bit of time making their utensils fit your hand like a glove. I love that each utensil is made from a single piece of wood which improves the quality of the piece and the longevity. The utensils work effectively and I like that I don’t have to worry about using them with non-stick cookware. Many of the utensils I use on a daily basis I hide in a drawer when not in use. I’m happy to have Littledeer cooking paddles and utensils prominently displayed in my kitchen. You can purchase Littledeer products by visiting Williams-Sonoma here in the United States, or by checking out the “Where to Buy” section on Littledeer’s website.