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Does anyone use a honey dipper?

I got Donna some honey for xmas, so I figured I could get her a dipper too.

But the more I think about it, the more awkward they seem. Does anyone use one? What are the pros/cons compared to using a teaspoon?

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  1. Honestly no, I don't use one, but that does not mean they are not good. I just don't get a chance to use it. I guess in theory their advantage is that they can dip the honey out in a more consistant rate, whereas if you use a spoon, the honey is poured out all at once. If your goal is to add a teaspoon or a tablespoon of honey to your tea, then a spoon is better. If your goal is to dip honey evenly on a pastry, then a dipper is better. That is my thought.

    1. They are super cute but i can't measure the amount with the honey dipper so nope, i own one but never used it. Another useless stuff in my kitchen.

      1. i have yet to encounter a situation where a dipper would be more useful than a spoon. perhaps as a gag wedding gift. like the guest who purchases a melon baller and nothing else.

        1. Thanks all. Would have been a cute present, but probably wouldn't get used, would be trouble to clean, and might waste honey in those grooves.

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          1. re: Soop

            They do remind me of winnie the pooh. I think I may actually get one because of your post.

          2. I think the old-time dippers made sense when people stored honey in honey pots (like Pooh Bear) and wide-mouth jars. Squeeze bottles make those old dippers obsolete.

            1. Contrary opinion here. In my family, we used one all the time. That's how honey was served. My mother would put a small pot full of honey on a serving dish with the dipper on the dish. We used the dipper to transfer the honey from the pot to our plate--or, honestly, more often directly onto whatever we were putting the honey on, usually bread or an apple. Using it wasn't awkward at all and it really did keep the honey from dripping on the tablecloth. At Mom's house it was just another specialized serving utensil as was a pickle fork, grape shears, or a tomato server.

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              1. re: JoanN

                JoanN: Ditto. But I'll add: Squeeze bottles are to honey what screwtops are to wine. Utterly soulless.

                Time was, that little grooved wooden dipper took some time and skill to turn on the lathe, and the form followed function. The little grooves do hold honey long enough to perch it high over your fried chicken. Now--Quick!--visualize it with the squirt bottle. Same experience? Not even close.

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Screw tops (or some other bottle stopper other than natural cork) are the future. Between 5-10% of wine bottles with natural corks end up with "corked" wine, a huge quality assurance problem. Screw tops lack the je ne sais quo of cork, but pretty much eliminate oxidation issues. I am as big a sucker as anyone for traditional stuff, but sometimes it makes sense to let go. Squeeze bottles make so much sense, I'm happy skip tradition.

                  1. re: MikeB3542

                    buckminster fuller once said something to the effect that if youre in a shipwreck and the top of a piano floats by it makes an excellent life raft. however that does not mean that the ideal form for a life raft is the top of a piano. unfortunately we humans tend to hang on to a lot of piano tops.

                    cork isn't the ideal way to close a bottle of wine, it was just the piano top that floated by. here we are a thousand years later, and still cling to that cork.

                    1. re: thew

                      That is an incredibly poignant comment and sums up the whole "screw top wine" debate perfectly. The same sentiment could be used for the paper vs e-book controversy.

                      I'll definitely be using that argument in the future, thanks for posting it.

                    2. re: MikeB3542

                      Mike and thew: My cork analogy remains apter than you think. As a winemaker, I know the closure debate backward and forward. Yes, from a QA/CQC standpoint, screwtops are less problematic than natural cork. My experience with my own wines is that the rate of failure using high-grade cork is a lot lower than 5%. 5% to a corporate wine empire is a lot of lost profit; most of those corporations sold their souls long ago, and so we should not be surprised if they make this change. I'm happy with that, because it frees up a lot of good cork.

                      thew, you and Bucky F must then also consider screwcaps "tops of the piano", total creations of expediency, as were glass bottles, tuns, barriques and amphorae.

                      If you're fans of screwtop, you should LOVE the future of bagged wine. Can you hear the Barry White music ramp up when you sensuously toggle the little grey plastic valve and watch the mylar bag deflate? Quite the Cialis moment! If you REALLY want to impress, you can forego that old-fashioned crystal, and drain the bag directly into clear plastic sippy cups.

                      Back on thread, the honey dippers--I call 'em spirtles--were specifically made for their intended purpose. Hardly a piece of flotsam.

                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        my romance rarely relies on, or succeeds or fails, based on props

                        1. re: thew

                          thew: LOL! Nice. You pick up your date in a dump truck, too, right? :)

                        2. re: kaleokahu

                          Excellent points! "A bag of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me ..." Nope, doesn't quite make it (even if it's Barry White "singing in the wilderness").

                          But as one who often likes to have a little oatmeal with my honey, I must respectfully disagree with you about the specific purpose--and spelling--of the "spurtle": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurtle

                          1. re: Miss Priss

                            MP: I stand corrected on the spelling (actually, I was miscorrected previously away from your spelling), so thank you. But I think I am correct that honey spurtles--as opposed to porridge spurtles--are specific purpose implements

                  2. i use one on occasion. i like it because it gets the honey out of the jar well, and can be used to stir the tea with, which cleans it out

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                    1. re: thew

                      I use mine almost daily when I make tea for DH & with the same results as thew. In addition, the honey dipper allows the honey to drip off in a way that permits the honey jar to stay much cleaner & avoid the stickiness that makes honey jars unhygienic and unpleasant to touch.

                      1. re: fauchon

                        Since I don't use honey daily, when I want a dipper (for the same hygienic reasons as you), I use my mini-whisk. It's the same size as a dipper & I'm not stuck w/ a seldomly used single-use gadget. Plus really great when I need to whisk up a quick honey mustard vinaigrette!

                        1. re: Stephanie Wong

                          i like this idea- should i ever notice a stainless honey dipper i might pick one up- imagine it could multitask quite well.

                          1. re: qwerty78

                            I'm going to keep my eye out too, the ones I had were wooden; but I can't find them in my junkiest junk drawer anymore so I think I gave them away last time I moved. Wonder if they make ceramic ones?

                    2. My son eats honey on his cereal every morning, so I started buying honey in squeeze bottles to make it easier to get the honey out without a mess. They also make it easier to measure into a spoon or cup, so even if I buy a special honey in a jar, I transfer it to a squeeze bottle. It's not as pretty or romantic to serve this way, but it's more efficient. We use a lot of honey, so I usually have 2 or 3 squeeze bottles of different honeys going at once.

                      1. I have two (at least) honey dippers given me as gifts. NIce to receive but I never got the purpose overall, they don't dispense in the quantity I prefer (ie massive amounts). Mine seem like cheap wooden ones, maybe there are different qualities? Hopefully I didn't throw them out, I think I'll give them another try...I hate honey in squeeze bottles, but I think that's because I always think it's the cheap stuff. Honey is one thing that I'll splurge for top shelf.

                        PS so nice you're already shopping for Christmas, wish my husband was like that!

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                        1. re: coll

                          :D Thanks Coll, I'm all finished and wrapped already!

                          1. re: Soop

                            Wow I do feel a little envious of Donna.... and feel free to tell her so!

                            DH asked me this weekend if I'd bought anything yet to put under the tree for myself, I usually just wrap the packaging from whatever the last thing I bought might be....not that I'm complaining you know. After all these years, it works out fine. But for some reason, I feel like buying a jar or two of fancy honey, I just finished off what I had (German, so good) and it cured my cold, and I really should have more on hand just in case.

                            1. re: coll

                              I'd say you've earned it :) splash out!

                        2. i just want to say how amazed i am this topic has not slipped into more laciviousness

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                          1. re: thew

                            We're too busy on the wine board

                          2. It'll make a nice Christmas ornament, but otherwise useless, and a bitch to clean

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                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                              I love my honey dipper for use with jarred honey. It definitely makes things less drippy than using a spoon. I've also never found it hard to clean; hot water melts the honey away pretty completely.