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Measuring Spoons - are there any on the market that aren't pure Chinese junk?

omotosando Mar 19, 2012 10:04 PM

So based on all the good reviews at Amazon, I purchased the CIA Masters Collection Measuring Spoon Set http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

It turns out that they are your usual Chinese junk. Very flimsy -- so flimsy that the metal easily bends when you stick the spoon into a spice jar -- and with noticeable imperfections on the metal (i.e., the metal isn't completely smooth, making them hard to clean).

I'm beginning to despair about the possibility of obtaining decent quality small kitchen accessories - everything seems to come from China and be pure junk. Let's just hope there is nothing toxic in these spoons.

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    Kelli2006 Mar 19, 2012 11:01 PM

    I have this set that I bought at BB&B and they are decent. I doubt that you will be bending them in a spice jar.


    King Arthur sells a similar set. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

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    1. re: Kelli2006
      breadchick Mar 21, 2012 08:25 PM

      Yup, I've had these for nearly ever and they're just fine. No bending. But I wonder, what is the OP measuring out that makes a spoon bend? Just curious, because I - like many I'm sure - started out with a basic cheapy set. Never had a bend issue. I usually just measure spices. I found I liked this narrow bowl version because it fits in the spice jar.

    2. Chemicalkinetics Mar 19, 2012 11:17 PM

      AMCO measuring cups and spoons are very thick. I doubt you can bend them.


      They are made in China, but definitely not junks.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        omotosando Mar 20, 2012 12:03 AM

        I really wish it was possible to buy something not made in China. The CIA spoons I bought are allegedly 18/10 stainless steel and are the most expensive on the market that I was able to find at the time.

        I just don't trust anything Chinese, unfortunately.

        I recently bought an expensive Japanese stainless steel mixing bowl and it was worth every penny because it is truly high quality and I will have it for life. I wish I could find similar measuring spoons.

        1. re: omotosando
          Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2012 06:18 AM

          If you take a closer look at the AMCO measuring spoons, then you will find they are 2mm thick. I have been using them for a long time.

          Now, if you simply want made in USA measuring spoons, then you can try this:


          There are plenty made in USA measuring PLASTIC spoons.

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        ninrn Mar 20, 2012 12:20 AM

        Maybe Lee Valley Tools? Their stuff used to be made in the US. That might have changed. They make sturdy, good quality measuring spoons and cups. I think the best set of measuring spoons I've seen is All-Clad, but they're made in China.

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        1. re: ninrn
          omotosando Mar 20, 2012 12:38 AM

          I'm guessing the Lee Valley Tools spoons are made in China. They tout that the spoons are "Made to our specifications" -- which to me sounds like code that the lowest bidder in China is churning them out.

          The Lee Valley ones are 18/8 stainless steel -- I don't know if that is any better or worse than the 18/10 CIA junk I purchased.

          The All-Clad have some bad reviews at Williams-Sonoma. One person said they rusted after 6 uses and another person said they were difficult to read when new and got worse over time and were headed for his/her next tag sale.

          It appears that the only measuring spoons made in the U.S. are pewter ones. http://www.amazon.com/Beehive-Kitchen...
          I would consider them, but they are just not my aesthetic -- heart-shaped and with a dopey saying on each spoon.

          1. re: omotosando
            cleobeach Mar 20, 2012 05:50 AM

            I have an All-Clad set and am happy with them. Stuff in our house tends to get abused (Mr. CB in charge of clean-up) and they have held up very well. I also have the measuring cups.

            1. re: omotosando
              NotJuliaChild Mar 21, 2012 07:22 AM

              While it's true that one person said that about All Clad on Williams Sonoma, over 94% would recommend the measuring items to a friend. The overwheling majority of the reviews were positive.

              Despite being made by All Clad, they are made in China according to WS.


              1. re: NotJuliaChild
                mikie Mar 21, 2012 07:36 AM

                We've had the All Clad measuring spoons from WS for 3 or 4 years and I'd agree, there really isn't anything wrong with them. I think when you look at reviews, you have to realize, someone out there isn't going to be happy, regardless. If the majority are good, then that's usually a best bet.

                1. re: mikie
                  NotJuliaChild Mar 21, 2012 10:00 AM

                  I agree.

                  Although I don't own them, I have handled them in the store. The sizes are engraved into the handle and the spoons themselves have some real heft to them. These are not spoons you will bend acidentally or in the course of normal use.

                  If I needed a new set of spoons, these are the ones I would buy.

                  1. re: NotJuliaChild
                    Chemicalkinetics Mar 21, 2012 10:31 AM

                    AMCO ones are very good too. They are a bit thick, but they are definitely difficult to bend. Nearly 2 mm thick. In addition, they are made as single-pieces, no obvious welding. The size are also engraved into the handle. The handle also has a curved end, so the spoons can sit flat on a table. I can measure what I need ahead of time, and place the spoons on the counter.


                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                      dixiegal Mar 23, 2012 11:51 AM

                      Chem those curved handle AMCO ones are very cool. I too have AMCO measuring spoons that are quite sturdy, but they don't have curved handles. I have had them for a few years.

                      I am on the lookout for some nice staninless steel measuring cups. These posts will tell me where to look. I think those measuring cups that Paula Dean uses are so cool. They are round like measuring spoons. However, upon investigating them, I find that they are made of peweter and cost as much as a small LC dutch oven.
                      Now, I just don't think they are THAT cool..............................................

                      1. re: dixiegal
                        Chemicalkinetics Mar 23, 2012 12:20 PM

                        I think the curved handle ones are the "Advanced" version and costs a bit more. They are not the normal AMCO version.


                        "However, upon investigating them, I find that they are made of peweter and cost as much as a small LC dutch oven."

                        Really? Wow.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                          dixiegal Mar 23, 2012 12:48 PM

                          >"However, upon investigating them, I find that they are made of peweter and cost as much as a small LC dutch oven."

                          Really? Wow.<

                          Yea, about 155.00 to 175.00 last I checked.

                          The upside is. They are handmade in the US, Oregon I think. They also have equally cool measuring spoons for only a little less than the cups.

                          So there you go. USA made measuring spoons and cups.

                          Seriously though. They are a form of art. They are by The Tin Woodsman, if you want to check them out. Kind of look like they belong in a castle, but still looks good in Paula Deens kitchen. LOL

                          1. re: dixiegal
                            Chemicalkinetics Mar 23, 2012 03:54 PM

                            I don't doubt they look good an function great, but they are probably not what most people can afford. Ok, we can afford, but we probably cannot justify $150+ measuring spoons.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                              dixiegal Mar 24, 2012 03:25 AM

                              I agree $150 measuring spoons are a bit much to me. It took me years to justify the price of an LC Dutch oven. The only thing about the measuring cups that might be inconvenient, is the rounded bottoms. You would not be able to set them them down. But the rounded bottoms was the coolness factor for me, for some reason. They look like giant measuring spoons. I did see where a company called Ganz made some SS ones that are a lot cheaper. I did not notice where they were made

                              1. re: dixiegal
                                Chemicalkinetics Mar 24, 2012 07:29 AM

                                I suppose everyone of us has different priorities. For example, I believe many of my friends have iPhones while not having expensive. I, on the other hand, have a few $100+ knives, but not an expensive cell phone.

                                I like baking, but personally I rank a standing mixer or a hand mixer above the measuring cup, so if I have to spend more in my baking equipment, I would probably put the money in a better mixer or a better pasty board, but everyone is different. Paula Deen is in the business of standing in front of millions of people, so she needs to have good tools.

                                By the way, are these the measuring cups?


                                It states that "We are always thrilled when celebrity chef Paula Deen puts our pewter measuring cups to work on her TV show"

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                  sueatmo Mar 24, 2012 08:20 AM

                                  Yes, different priorities, and different bugaboos. I'm never going to drop serious bucks for a set of measuring spoons, when they are so abundant in places like Home Goods and Tuesday Morning. I admit I have several sets of spoons and only 2 sets of cups. I would buy another set of cups if I found one I thought was very functional. But never at for more than a few dollars.

                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                    dixiegal Mar 25, 2012 04:53 AM

                                    Yep, those are it. To me they would be like a collector thing or artwork for the kitchen, and would still be useful. But there are other things that I would rather sink my money in.

                    2. re: mikie
                      arlenemae Mar 22, 2012 03:51 PM

                      I have the same All-Clad set for a couple of years now and they're still going strong. They're definitely the best and strongest measuring spoons set that I've used.

                      One of my favorite features of the all-clad ones are the shape, the fact that they're deeper instead of wider. Makes them easier to insert into small containers like cans of baking powder and cocoa.

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                ninrn Mar 20, 2012 12:59 AM

                Vollrath? They sell a lot of measuring utensils to restaurants and so on, and they have fabrication plants in Tennessee and Wisconsin, but I guess that still doesn't mean everything is manufactured in the US. Also don't know how good they are, although I like the way their stuff looks. If interested, you'd probably have to buy at a restaurant supply place.

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                1. re: ninrn
                  AeroDoe Apr 2, 2012 08:35 PM

                  Vollrath has a Made-in-America line called Jacob's Pride. I just got a small ice cream scoop (in restaurant-speak, a disher) from Webstaurant. Even if it's not made in America, the restaurant supply utensils are sturdy. When I open my packages from webstaurant, I always am pleased with how heavy and sturdy they are (and then I think of all the ways I can abuse the gear w/o it breaking or getting ruined!) Oh, and it's so inexpensive compared to Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma et al.

                  1. re: AeroDoe
                    sueatmo Apr 5, 2012 03:22 PM


                    There don't seem to be any Vollrath measuring spoons--except long handled ones, presumably for restaurant use--but this set looks good to me. No note about place of mfg. but I imagine it is China. It seems sturdy, and has lots of good reviews.

                2. TeRReT Mar 20, 2012 02:51 AM

                  I'd suggest just going to your local restaurant supply store. They will have far superior products for a much better price. Any of the one's I've used in a professional kitchen probably cost $5 and you could drive over them.

                  1. paulj Mar 20, 2012 09:10 AM

                    How about a thrift store. Surely they must have some lovely stamped steel Ekco spoons, the kind your grandma could have found for for a few bucks in the grocery store.

                    1. emily Mar 20, 2012 10:18 AM

                      I haven't bought measuring spoons in a while, but mine look like this set from SLT and they've been going strong for a while:

                      They definitely don't bend like other sets I've used.

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                        ninrn Mar 20, 2012 10:38 AM

                        Omotosando, you seem to be getting a number of recommendations for tools that are made in China, but that are not junk (eg, SLT, which I'm pretty sure is All-Clad, and which is made in China). My understanding of your posts was that, like many people, you'd prefer to not buy merchandise made in China regardless. Is that right, or are you open to China-made goods that are of good quality?

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                          mikie Mar 20, 2012 02:11 PM

                          All I can say is that if someone finds SS measuring spoons not made in China or pacific rim, please post as I have been looking for a long time and plan to shop for same on next trip to Europe. Unfortunately that's probably a ways down the pike.

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                          1. re: mikie
                            sueatmo Mar 22, 2012 11:27 AM

                            Do European cooks use teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring?

                            1. re: sueatmo
                              mikie Mar 22, 2012 11:45 AM

                              That's an ineresting question. The only home I've been in in Europe was the home of the mother of a friend of mine, but she isn't from Italy, she just has a home there, so probably what she uses to cook, she brought over from the US. My wife bought some things in a kitchen store in Florence, but I didn't think to look for measuring spoons at the time. I wouldn't be at all surprised if measuring spoons in Europe are in "ml" and not the traditional units we use here.

                              Just one more good thing about this board, reality check for those of us who, well let's jsut say, don't get out much. ;)

                              1. re: mikie
                                paulj Mar 22, 2012 12:20 PM

                                I have a couple of sets of spoons marked in both tsp and ml
                                e.g 1.23, 2.26, 4.93, 14.79 on one set, rounded to 5 and 15 on the other.

                              2. re: sueatmo
                                LaPerlaMia Apr 2, 2012 02:10 PM

                                Not really, only in the UK. But they do sell them if you look long and hard. Having said that they are mostly Chinese junk too. They sell really crappy plastic ones at Ikea.

                                Anyway, mostly they are used for US and UK recipes. And of course the problem is that UK and US measures are different.

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                              dennie Mar 20, 2012 07:05 PM

                              I'm using the one that I purchased from Dollarama for one dollar. It's plastic, made in China for sure, but it works well since it's only for measuring....

                              1. Breadcrumbs Mar 21, 2012 10:33 AM

                                I have several sets of SS measuring spoons including 2 from All-Clad which I've had for a number of years without issue. That said, another high quality set in my collection is this one:


                                I have no idea where they were made but the quality is high.

                                ETA: I would also suggest looking at HomeGoods, Marshalls or TJMaxx. In Canada we have Winners, Marshalls and Homesense and in my experience they usually have a few options on hand at a reasonable price.

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                                  NotJuliaChild Mar 21, 2012 11:21 AM

                                  Cooks Illustrated tested measuring spoons for the April 2012 issue.

                                  Their top recommendation is Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set, Model # 74-7002.

                                  "Comfortable and accurate with long handles, this set nests nicely. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to sweep accurately. Our only gripe: The oval bowls made measuring liquids slightly tricky."

                                  You can read the general discussion here:


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                                  1. re: NotJuliaChild
                                    bigos70 Mar 23, 2012 06:37 AM

                                    I own the Cuisipro set mentioned above, and wholeheartedly agree they are the best - hands down. The dry measuring cups they make are also amazing - great oblong shape, handles are the perfect length, and super sturdy (old ones I had would bend when scooping packed brown sugar). They aren't cheap, but I'm sure these will last me forever.

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                                    ericaskitchen Mar 22, 2012 08:56 AM

                                    My daughter gave me a sturdy stainless steel oval set made by Paderno. There are lots of spoons in this set! Since they are not stamped with a manufacturing country, I assume they are made in China.


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                                    1. re: ericaskitchen
                                      mikie Mar 22, 2012 11:53 AM

                                      Based on the price of $32, even though there are 10 pieces, they are either very expensive for made in China (I would expect under $10) or they are made somewhere other than the pacific rim. More research is definately required.

                                      1. re: mikie
                                        Breadcrumbs Mar 22, 2012 03:22 PM

                                        Paderno is a Canadian company. Their cookware, utensils etc are manufactured in Canada:


                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                          rosetown Mar 22, 2012 03:37 PM

                                          From what I can tell only their Fusion 5 and Classic lines of cookware are made in Canada. At least those are the only ones specifically claimed to be made in Canada other than a few wooden cutting boards.


                                          1. re: rosetown
                                            mikie Mar 23, 2012 07:59 AM

                                            Yes, even on the web-site they go out of their way to let you know the Fusion 5 is "made in PEI", yet for most of the items listed there is no such proclamation. Quite the buble buster.

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                                      unprofessional_chef Mar 22, 2012 11:13 AM

                                      Measuring spoons is one of those things that is now monopolized by China. ALL SS and plastic measuring spoons are manufactured in China there is nothing you can do to avoid it.

                                      There are a lot of things you can't get anymore that's NOT made in China.

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                                      1. re: unprofessional_chef
                                        Chemicalkinetics Mar 22, 2012 11:18 AM

                                        There are plenty not made in China stainless steel and plastic measuring spoons. I cannot vouch for them, but if that is the only concern.

                                        India produces a lot of stainless steel goods. This is a made in India measuring spoon set.


                                        Many more plastic measuring spoons are not made in China.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                          paulj Mar 22, 2012 12:24 PM

                                          That Thunder-Group set looks like a copy of the old Ekco US made stuff. They were sturdy enough, but the bowl is shallow, and not very accurate.

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                                            Chemicalkinetics Mar 22, 2012 02:51 PM

                                            I agree, Paul.

                                        2. re: unprofessional_chef
                                          omotosando Mar 22, 2012 02:37 PM

                                          The Pademo spoons look interesting, albeit probably made in China.

                                          Yes,that's what I was afraid of - that it is impossible to buy anything not made in China.

                                          It's really sad - now when I buy any cookware not made in China, I think about whether I should stock up on the rest of the line because probably in a couple of years, whatever I'm buying will be made in China by the lowest bidder. After recently buying a high quality stainless steel mixing bowl in Japan, I immediately went out and bought the next size up as well, with the thought that if I didn't do so, in one or two years, they either wouldn't be manufactured in Japan or, even if they were, would no longer be available for purchase here.

                                          1. re: omotosando
                                            souvenir Mar 22, 2012 05:09 PM

                                            I have Amco stainless measuring spoons that are several years old (my guess would around 10-12). They are quite sturdy and were made in Japan. It looks like the same style by Amco is now made in China. Perhaps on ebay or etsy or ?, you can find the version produced in Japan. They are clearly marked on the back of each spoon so the seller should be able to check them.

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                                          sueatmo Mar 22, 2012 11:29 AM

                                          You can find sturdy measuring spoons. I have several sets purchased mostly at Home Goods over a period of years. I have no idea if they are made in China, but they definitely are sturdy. I suggest finding a good solid set, wherever they are made, and then keeping an eye out for a set you like made in the U.S. or another country. Then, buy 2 sets!

                                          1. chefj Mar 22, 2012 03:59 PM

                                            I found these
                                            Can not testify to their quality but they are made in the USA

                                            1. twyst Mar 23, 2012 12:27 PM

                                              They are doing the world a favor by only making crappy measuring spoons now. Hopefully it drives more people to start measuring by weight since its a far superior way to measure quantities in cooking!

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                                              1. re: twyst
                                                paulj Mar 23, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                Using digital scales assembled in China! or Vietnam or Thailand ...

                                                But in my experience, modern spoons and cups (whether chinese or not), are no worse than comparably priced ones that my parents used, or that I bought when I started cooking.

                                                What ever happened to measuring things by sight, or feel, or cupped hand? I vaguely recall one TV chef encouraging viewers to practice measuring things like salt in their cupped palm. People complain about not being able to replicate Grandma's biscuits because the tea cup that she used broke.

                                              2. Monica Mar 23, 2012 01:12 PM

                                                I own these and I love them. Heavy, solid and professinoal looking but they are made in China.
                                                IMO, as long as you pay decent money, even made in China products can be good.


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                                                1. re: Monica
                                                  omotosando Mar 23, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                  "IMO, as long as you pay decent money, even made in China products can be good."

                                                  Actually, the CIA spoons that I ordered from Amazon were even more expensive than the ones you recommend, and they are junk.

                                                2. paulj Mar 23, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                  Was the problem that they were made in China, or that you bought them online, sight unseen?

                                                  While I've bought my share of stuff online, I haven't bought much in the way of utensils. Sometimes pictures and reviews are not a substitute for actually handling the item. Even then it takes time and some bad experiences to get a feel for factors that matter.

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                                                  1. re: paulj
                                                    omotosando Mar 23, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                    I did buy them from Amazon, relying on the good online reviews. I generally prefer Amazon to my local store because my local store is likely to have exactly one set of measuring spoons while Amazon will have a large variety.

                                                    I have found some good products that way -- my Zyliss silicone spatula comes to mind, although probably made in China -- but I got burned with the CIA spoons. In general, I prefer not to buy Chinese-made goods, but sometimes you have no choice.

                                                  2. al b. darned Mar 24, 2012 12:08 AM

                                                    I have a set like this:

                                                    I got an orange set as a gift about 20 yrs ago. I use them all the time and they have held up fine. (They are, imo, in perfect condition.) They go right in the dishwasher. (I don't use heated drying).

                                                    Search ebay for "tupperware measuring spoons." there are usually several sets in various colors up for sale. NOTE: A full set is seven spoons. Watch out for incomplete sets.

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                                                      RelishPDX Mar 24, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                      I'm in the market for new measuring spoons as well, as I want 1/3 tsp. and 1/2 tbsp. measures, but all I see in the local stores is junk. Ross had a set of measuring spoons and cups that were so badly made, you could see rippled edges on the spoons through the plastic case. They wanted $13.99 for the set. No way.

                                                      Since I want to be able to pull apart a few sets of basic measuring spoons (I'm always washing out the 2 sets I have now when making an Asian recipe), I was thinking of buying a few sets of these at $3.79 each, since they weigh the same as the Progressive sets I have:


                                                      They're made of 20 gauge stainless, the same thickness as SS sinks. I'd still have to look for the other sizes I want.

                                                      If I could also find another set of the Ekco SS measuring cups I have that are shaped like spoons, I'd be in heaven. The 1/2 cup spoon weighs 5 oz. alone they are so sturdy. The bowls look like the ones in the link below, but have solid handles and are made from 18/10 SS instead of 18/8.


                                                      (I also want some really cool kitchen spoons for tasting, etc., without having to pay a fortune for Alessi or something.)

                                                      1. grnidkjun Mar 24, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                        I have had these for years and they have worked great for me:

                                                        I've also loved these measuring cups:

                                                        1. al b. darned Mar 24, 2012 09:23 PM

                                                          One of my pet peeves about measuring spoons is they are either chained together or they rattle around loose. That is one of the reasons I like the Tupperware spoons I mentioned up-thread. They snap on and off the triangular hanging ring so it is easy to grab one, but just as easy to keep them all together.

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                                                            NotJuliaChild Mar 28, 2012 06:50 PM

                                                            I use these:


                                                            One of my best ever kitchen purchases.

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                                                            shallots Mar 31, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                            Just a gentle reminder to check the measuring accuracy of any spoons or 'cups' that you buy that are made not in North America.

                                                            My latest purchase, to fill a missing 1/2 cup that went walkabout, had accurate 1 cup, 1/3 and 1/4 cups but the 1/2 cup was really 1/2 cup + 2 1/2 T. It didn't just look too large, it was too large.

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                                                            1. re: shallots
                                                              Breadcrumbs Mar 31, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                              Very good point shallots, I rec'd a set of measuring spoons in a gift basket and the 1 Tbsp was actually 1 tbsp + 1 tsp and a pinch. No use to me!

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                                                              ninrn Mar 31, 2012 10:37 PM

                                                              How about the Scandicraft ceramic ones? Made in Thailand.

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                                                                RGC1982 Apr 2, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                                Maybe the problem is your spice jars. If you routinely stick measuing spoons into them, why don't you consider buying some wide mouth spice jars? Penseys makes all different kinds, and only their free samples would come in a jar that is small enough to get the tablespoon stuck.

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                                                                  carluccio Apr 2, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                  Williams Sonoma sells All Clad measuring spoons and one type fit into spice jars and odd sizes too. A little on the pricey side but very good quality

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                                                                    itryalot Apr 5, 2012 02:07 AM

                                                                    What about the ones ATK recommends? They can be a reliable source. I am not sure what they are though! LOL

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                                                                      olympia Apr 5, 2012 06:56 AM

                                                                      The All Clad set is great as are the measuring cups. My favorites are my set from King Arthur Flour:

                                                                      Includes ⅛-, ¼-, ½-, ¾-, 1-, 1½-teaspoon (½-tablespoon), and 1-tablespoon measure

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                                                                      1. re: olympia
                                                                        itryalot Apr 7, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                        I like the MIU France oval shaped ones, just for ease getting them in and out of a jar.

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