Basting Spoons

Published November 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

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A good basting spoon can handle a number of kitchen tasks—Not just basting.

Overview:

Here in the test kitchen, we reach for a basting spoon for everything from skimming fat to scooping up pan sauce or basting a turkey. We tested five models made of stainless steel, silicone, and fiberglass. Spoons with broad, deep bowls in thicker silicone or fiberglass struggled to scoop up shallow liquids, while models with shallow, thin stainless steel heads performed with maximum efficiency. Handle angles and lengths proved to be an important feature, too: Spoons that were flat from tip to head couldn’t fit into corners of pans or skim fat without forcing testers to awkwardly twist their wrists or tilt pans. The best spoons had a handle at least 9 inches long to keep our hands out of the heat (even in a Dutch oven) and a slight dip from handle to bowl. Our favorite was well shaped, easy to maneuver around every type of pan, and readily scooped up anything we wanted.

Here in the test kitchen, we reach for a basting spoon for everything from skimming fat to scooping up pan sauce or basting a turkey. We tested five models made of stainless steel, silicone, and fiberglass. Spoons with broad, deep bowls in thicker silicone or fiberglass struggled to scoop up shallow liquids, while models with shallow, thin stainless steel heads performed with maximum efficiency. Handle angles and lengths proved to be an important feature, too: Spoons that were flat from tip to head couldn’t fit into corners of pans or skim fat without forcing testers to awkwardly twist their wrists or tilt pans. The best spoons had a handle at least 9 inches long to keep our hands out of the heat (even in a Dutch oven) and a slight dip from handle to bowl. Our favorite was well shaped, easy to maneuver around every type of pan, and readily scooped up anything we wanted.

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  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    Rösle Basting Spoon with Hook Handle

    The thin spoon glided under fat, leaving clear broth behind. Sauce was easily scooped up and spooned over food. The long handle was comfortable in testers’ hands, and the position of the flattened head and angled handle allowed testers to scoop up sauce without having to tilt the skillet.

    $28.95

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Vollrath Heavy Duty Basting Spoon

    With the biggest head, this spoon scooped up the most fat in one sweep, but the short, fat handle felt awkward in testers’ hands and placed fingers too close to the heat.

    $7.95

  • Not Recommended

    Cuisipro Fiberglass Basting Spoon

    The thickness and small bell shape of the spoon head led to its poor performance. The curved basin and shape of the handle (and its shortness) made scooping up sauces a struggle unless the skillet was tilted at a severe angle.

    $7.99

  • Not Recommended

    KitchenAid Silicone Basting Spoon

    This thick silicone spoon barely fit in skillets and roasting pans and struggled to pick up thin sauces. It felt awkward and cumbersome to maneuver, and resembled a ladle more than a basting spoon.

    $8.99

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