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Old 04-04-2012, 07:32 AM   #11
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I'm sure there are many different qualities and manufacturers, but after reading about all of the recalls and the use of fermaldehyde in plastic products, I am not going to take any chances. I never would have thought about it but the smell coming from this spoon was very strong. Out they go. That's it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:14 AM   #12
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I have a few plastic spoons and spatulas I have bought over the last few months from the dollar store. I used one a few times to stir and serve hot food and there is this very strong chemical/plastic smell and flavor that comes from it. I just through all of them out. Nothing plastic anymore. Especially from China...
Like a lot of other "ethnic foods", it is an aquired taste!
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:30 AM   #13
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Like a lot of other "ethnic foods", it is an aquired taste!
Sorry, I am a picky eater.

I have had a melting problem with Oxo nylon utensil. Out they went.

I have often wished I had some address in China so I could start sending the stuff back to them.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #14
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I do use plastic, but really prefer a wooden spoons ans spatulas.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #15
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I have metal spoons and spatulas that I bought more than 20 years ago. They have wooded handles with three rivets and have held up great all these years. I do have a collection of wooden spoons right next to the stove and are the first thing I always grab for stirring. I also have a Tupperware hard plastic spatula that needs a good bleaching. I think I have had that for 40 years or more. That thing will never wear out. I do need to update my rubber ones. I prefer the one-piece ones. The ones where the rubber separates from the handle get yukky down inside the rubber part. And it is very difficult to get them clean. The best ones I have found so far are from the Dollar Store.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:00 AM   #16
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Does silicone qualify as a plastic? I think it does, but I'm not completely sure.

I've been using these OXO silicone spatulas and stir spoons, and haven't had any problem at all with them in high heat situations. No chemical smell. No melting.
Silicone is superior to plastic, as it is non-toxic and less porous (so bacteria and mould cannot accumulate). It's also capable of withstanding heat up to about 500 F. I love my silicone oven mitts so much that I got rid of my others. The silicone cookie sheet I have creates gorgeous cookies that never burn or stick.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:10 AM   #17
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everyone knows that silicone comes from a valley in california, and it's used to make boobies stand up unnaturally.

that's just a spatula.

There is a difference between Silicone, and Silicon, though Southern California has plenty of both.

I'm sure you see much of both at your beaches as well, oh, wait, you have Jaws, so no one goes to the beaches.

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:24 AM   #18
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everyone knows that silicone comes from a valley in california, and it's used to make boobies stand up unnaturally.

that's just a spatula.



lol, i've had a similar experience with dollar store plastic utensils. i remember one time leaving a long, plastic serving spoon in a pot of bubbling sunday gravy for a few minutes after stirring it, and when i pulled the spoon out it had warped. i don't recall any smell, but i chucked it and the other utensils that i bought with it straight away. warping comes just before melting. yuk.
Look again...it's a perky spatula...
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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Silicone is made from silicon, one of the most naturally occurring solid materials on the Earth (about 25% of the earths crust is make up of silicone compounds such as quartz and silica. It is a stable, non-reactive, non-poisonous material that can be found as a viscuous liuqid/paste, as in caulking, it has great insulating properties, is very slippery when used in cooking applications (silpat mats, silicone oven mitts, silicone spatulas, cake turners, etc.), and is nearly as cool as George of the Jungle. but not as cool as Green Lantern. In any case, silicone is better for its designed purpose than is rubber, nylon, or any of the other plastics used in cooking.

Just a thought though, due to its inherent flexibility, I don't think I'd use silicone forks or spoons at the table. Imagine trying to stab a chunk of meat with something as flexible as a rubber band.

For more info on silicone, check this out - um, hold up. I just read a few of these articles, and they can be daunting. If you want to learn more about silicone, just type the word into a google search. Most of the info out there is geared toward someone with an understanding of chemistry. They are very informative, and will show you how the product has many different forms, and is used in everything from tubing to hair, and skin products, to cooking utensils, to anti-foaming agents, etc.

Suffice it to say that silicons are an amazing product, born of the elemental metal - silicon.

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