Monday, 30 January 2012

One Sifter and Many Colourful Spatulas

I know the flour sifter shown here is presented a little awkwardly.  I wanted to show you what it looked like on the inside.

D got it for me on his way back from University one day - how romantic, not flowers or chocolates, but a sifter - ah the man knows me pretty well.  I was pretty chuffed it.  I do have a traditional flour sieve, one that my mother gave me.  However every time I picked it up, it reminded me of a tambourine.  I wasn't able to find it up until recently whilst packing for the move. 

So this manual sifter has been handy over the years for aerating flour, especially for muffins.  MMm muffins, I quite fancy some Coffee and Walnut Muffins today.
I have to point out though, its not particularly friendly if you have arthritis in the hand. as you have to squeeze the steel handles to release the flour, but touchwood I don't have to contend with those health issues like my mother (yet).  

I also have those stainless steel flour shakers for flouring the rolling pin when rolling out pastry.
When mixing, I do like to use a wooden spoon for stirring, but I have also taken a liking to spatulas.  Here are just three, though I have six or eight in various colours.  Many came my way free, namely through cooking magazines. 
Its good not just for stirring, but also for removing every last bit of Beetroot Muffin batter from the bowl.  Even for thinly spreading Meat-free Pig Free 'Facon' Bacon mixture onto the tray.

How many spatulas do you have tucked away in your kitchen drawers?

24 comments:

  1. I have to say all your vintagey looking utensils are really making me a feel a little envious! I only have 2 spatulas, and to be honest I only actually use one of them. I also have a sieve in my kitchen, a sieve for cleaning out my mealworms (I breed them for my chickens) and a gorgeous vintage flour shaker which has also made it's way down to the poultry barn for sprinkling a powder which kills chicken parasites.
    I do however have masses of mixing bowls! I love them ;o)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow Janie,
      Nice to see how versatile you in with your sieve. I remember eeing my Grandma doing similar for the chooks when I was samll.

      Delete
  2. I really like the silicon tools you can get now. I HATE touching wooden kitchen stuff - I can't even use wooden chip forks! The feel of it makes me feel weird! But yeah, I like the all-silicon ones. They're just flexible enough to scrape without being flimsy. :)

    Anything's romantic if it means something to you. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Bryallen.
      I have silicon things in the flat, but still not 100% with them. I intend to use the cake trays a lot more when I move, hopefully successfully.

      Delete
  3. Thanks for showing the inside of the sifter. I have seen one before but not for a very long time. Spatulas are the biz for getting all the mix out!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the colours of those spatulas. :) happy colours!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Prixie.
      Happy Colours - Yay

      Delete
  5. the color of your muffin batter is so vibrant. I am guessing the baked product looked equally colorful

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sri.
      See link below for the baked product.
      http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/beetroot-and-chocolate-swirl-muffins.html

      Delete
  6. I have a couple of well used spatulas, I have to say i've become more partial to them now that they come in snazzy colours...actually thats true about quite a lot of kitchenalia - if it isn't old then I like it brightly coloured - sad but true....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Liz,
      Snazzy colours are def. appealing.

      Delete
  7. I love my Donna Hay sifter (much like yours) but agree you wouldn't want arthritis. I have a tupperware sifter for icing sugar too its a little gem. Love the coloured spatulas !

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have a sifter. They still sell new ones here in the stores. I use lots of wooden spoons (only have one of those plastic spatulas and never use it. I have even started to learn how to carve my own wooden spoons. I use my hand to flour the rolling pin, never seen a flower shaker for that. I have lots of old fashioned kitchen helpers. I guess I like them better most of the time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HI Becky,
      So fab to hear from you.
      I do like wooden spoons. So wonderful that you've learned to carve you own, you'll have to showcase them on your blog - that is if you haven't done so already :)

      I'll have to show you my flour shaker in the future.

      Delete
  9. Oh, I like your sifter a lot. I had never seen something like this before! I'm quite jealous, eh!

    I have 4 regular metal sifters, two of which have holes in them... not practical!

    I have a spatular similar to yours. I got it a year ago or so, when I was told how convenient it was not to waste in batter when baking. It's so useful. I also have a couple of spoons (3 wooden spoons, 1 metal spoon, 1 plastic spoon) and 2 flat spatula for flipping things (1 in metal and 1 in plastic).

    I really like those posts you've been posting. I want to read them all.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I hope your moving is going well. Thanks for the bright, beautiful veg blog!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the feel of wood and the way it quietly moves on the bottom of a pot. I also use the newer spatulas to get every bit of batter out of the bowl. It makes cleaning easier should you not get to doing the dishes right away.Your sifter is super. Just the kind I enjoy using. Thank goodness I don't have arthritis because I'm still using my grandmothers'cast iron skillets.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your grandmothers cast iron skillet. Woaw - I have a Skillet too - for making Welsh Cakes (see below)
      http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/03/glamorgan-sausages-and-welsh-cakes.html

      but its not heavy as yours.

      Delete
  12. Now I feel proper poor......I don't have a sifter, I just make do with my sieve and using my hand to flour the rolling pin, and I only have one spatula (I melted the last one on the Aga!!) it is double ended though so maybe I could count it as two and it is in my favourite shade of green.

    Sue xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sue,
      Please don't feel so poor- I hav eno doubt you'll find one in the very near future x

      OOoh a spatula that is double ended - now that is interesting, I don't have one of them.

      Hope the move is going well.

      Delete
  13. *Swoon* I wish I had a man to bring me kitchenalia home!!
    I only have one spatula but it's a lovely shade of red. I used to think they were a pain because they're flexible but now I love that they scrape out bowls so thoroughly.

    I hope your home moving is going well x

    ReplyDelete

If you’ve tried one of my recipes, Please let me know by leaving a comment below or tagging me social media with @SeasonalShaheen.

Thank You