. Review of Soup Ladles Seriously Soupy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of Soup Ladles

Find the best ladle for the ultimate in soup-scooping
Since I've started Soupy I've used the same two ladles to dish out over 100 bowls of soup. One of them I've had for years (maybe from Target) that has followed me from apartment-to-apartment; the other is a recent purchase from the dollar-store for the Soup Party in October - both functional and cheap but I've noticed one isn't that great when it comes to gathering soup on the bottom of a pot and the other is all scratched up. Looking to expand my Soupy accessories, I've been scouring the web for the perfect rounded spoon and here are some that have made my wish-list.
The Portmeirion Botanic Garden Ladle - A ladle with a little flair
1. Portmeirion Botanic Garden Ladle, $50.40 - Handcrafted by artist Susan Williams-Ellis, this $50-dollar ladle is definitely an investment but one that is said to be oven-safe (up to 340 degrees) and dishwasher-safe (not that I have one of those). I love its deep-handle and wide-mouth for the ultimate experience in soup pouring. 

Stainless Steel Ladle from Crate and Barrel
2. Stainless Steel Ladle, $10.95 - Found on Crate and Barrel.com, I really like this simple with polished and professional-looking finish. Ideal for gravy, stews and of course soup, this 18/8 stainless steel ladle is said to be "lightweight, rust-proof, and scratch-resistant." And for $10.95, it's worth putting this ladle up to the test.

All-Clad's Stainless Steel Ladle
3. All-Clad Stainless Steel Ladle, $24.00  - Another stainless steel model but this one is crafted by All-Clad, the maker of professional-quality kitchenware. Featuring a durable and secure grip, I really like this ladle's long handle that can scoop up six ounce bowls of soups and stews.

The simple Martha Stewart Collection Ladle
4. Martha Stewart Collection Ladle, $9.99 - At first glance, I was really into this ladle for its comfortable grip and long handle, which Macy's states makes it easy to get to the bottom of bowls (major problem when you get to the end of a soup). Also at a good-price point, this ladle is dishwasher-safe and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The fancy Grande Baroque Soup Ladle
5. Grande Baroque Soup Ladle with Hollow Wooden Handle, $129 - Definitely for those 'breaking out the good China days,' this fancy-looking ladle was designed under the Grande Baroque line in 1941 to reflect the lavishness of the 16th century. Featuring a three-dimensional pattern of flowers and leaves, this pricey ladle is also not just a pretty face but a functional one too. The hollow handle is great for scooping up soup and matches with the Grand Baroque collection - if you are into that sort of thing.

Profi Plus" Soup Ladle
6. Americas "Profi Plus" Soup Ladle, $20 - Made by Profi Plus, creator of kitchen products this stainless steel ladle is said to be durable and makes soup pouring easy. I like how the heavy Cromargan design seems stable enough to handle the heartiest meat stew.

What ladle would you recommend?

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