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Sep 9, 2013 08:49 AM

Flatware and measuring cups

Hi All,

I am planning to replace my old flatware and measuring cups with the new one's. I read different threads for those and felt that most the brands/models mentioned in those threads are either not available presently or people complaining abt the quality degraded in their present products when compared with their old products(ex CIA and All clad measuring cups and some of the oneida flatware models).

I am just aware that 18/8 and 18/10 have only the difference of nickel% in them and thus the rust. But I am not sure about which stainless steel should be used for flatware either 18/8 or 18/10 or any other. Please let me know which quality SS is good for flatware and how much heavy they should be ?

I would also like to know about which finish is better for every day use?

I prefer some plain flatware models so that dust will not accumulate between the small lines in the models with some design.

Can you all please suggest me with your experience which flatware and measuring cups brands and models are good to have with respect to their quality currently?

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  1. These are my everyday flatware JA Henckels Metrona... had them for about 3 years and they have held up well. I hand wash since I don't have a diswasher. They are 18/10. I'll also add that I did get them on sale for about $79 or $89 for the set.

    I owned these JA Henckels Opus in the past but some of the pieces got lost in a move. They are also 18/10 and a little heavier than the Metrona set I replaced it with.

    I don't have anything bad to say about either set. I do like the slightly thinner'lighter spoons on the Metrona for everyday though.

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      Endurance brand 18/8 measuring spoons. Find 'em! Buy 'em!

      You'll never need to replace them and they have a profile that will fit inside a spice jar. ...even the tablespoon measure! It also has a very useful 3/4 teaspoon measure which is often handy but never moreso than when you're halving a recipe and don't want to have to rely on your rusty math skills (well, MINE are rusty anyway).

      1. re: rainey

        this has got to be one of my all time pet peeves: why are measuring spoons not designed to fit in a bottle?!


        1. re: rmarisco

          Cuisipro makes oval shaped measuring spoons.

        2. re: rainey

          Endurance is an excellent brand. When you are shopping look for odd-sized measuring cups and spoons. 1.5 Tbs. 2/3 C. 3/4 C.

          When you are baking ( I bake a lot), those can save you a bunch of time.

          1. re: rainey

            Apparently Endurance makes measuring spoons with the conventional shaped bowls and the narrow profile ones that fit in narrow spice jars. Here are the one you want to get:

            I went looking for those in the odd sizes because I agree with Candy that those are MOST useful but I could only find them in the conventional shape. Domage!

        3. I dont know about flatware. But yesterday I bought amco measuring spoons in Marshalls for $6.99 ( you can buy it on Amazon too) They are thick and very easy to scoop. I am planning to buy this measuring cups also.

          1. I bought new flatware three 2 or 3 years ago, ago and I got lots of good advice here. I want to recommend you check this online company: Silver Superstore

            I recommend them highly. From reading their online material I decided that there is no functional difference between 18/8 and 18/10 stainless. How I chose my new pieces was by ordering several single pieces to evaluate. My pattern choice, Aquatique Ice by Yamazaki was a winner for us because of its design and balance.

            One thing to look for is a two piece knife. One piece knives are more typical now, but the two piece works in your hand better.

            Silver Superstore carries European brands as well as the Japanese and American.

            On measuring cups, I have to say I went to BB&B several years ago and bought a couple of sets. The clear winner for me is a stainless set. I think with those you just have to choose the ones that look like they would work for you. Off brands may not be accurate.

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            1. re: sueatmo

              Does the finish like satin, brush,shiny makes any difference in their durability apart from looks and which finish is better?

              I saw a rating for weight and explains the bending of flatware with ice cream scooping in the silver super store website?do we need heavy weight( with 5h's) to be durable?

              1. re: Sri5227

                As I said I bought Aquatiqe Ice, and I don't think the weight was particularly high. I chose the satin finish over a high polished finish because it looks better coming out of the dishwasher. Knife blades are high polished, and a different stainless, so they come out spotted sometimes.

                We stopped using any dishwasher detergent with citrus. And we ultimately bought a new dishwasher, which was great. (Bosch) But we began adding Finish to the cycle as well. You want to preserve the looks of your new stainless as long as possible.

              2. re: sueatmo

                I remember that discussion, and you and I have the same set but mine has the discontinued polished finish. I've had mine for over a decade, very little spotting ever, beautiful mirror finish and weight in the hand. That weight is what distinguishes high qualitiy 18/10 from ones that will not perform well, IME. I had 18/10 lighter weight stuff before that got rust spots and did not have the heft and balance in hand that Yamazaki does.

                I also got a set of Yamazaki Mandolin, polished, because they had incredible deals at the time. I think I got service for 16 or 24 for the same price as 12. The Mandolin is continental sized, very luxurious looking and heavy in hand. I use it for holidays, mostly.

                BTW, I also notice that they now offer a link to sets not made in China. I think folks have posted about Chinese manufactured flatware having severe quality issues. Natch.

                1. re: mcf

                  Yes you had some great thoughts and advice for me then, for which I am grateful.

                  The polished stuff I sent for came out of OUR dishwasher with spots. We later bought a new dishwasher.

                  I am really happy with our flatware.

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    Me, too. Love the weight and the shape. Only time I've had an issue with film and spots was when I tried Kirkland dishwashwer gel. All my glasses were cloudy, too. Back to Cascade complete and everything comes out sparkling, including my Aquatique.

              3. I can't speak to flatware cause I'm using the stuff we inherited from my late grandmother which is definitely older than me.

                For measuring cups, I bought several sets over past couple of years (cheaper ones from TJmaxx) so I keep a 1 cup size in my AP flour container, a half cup size in regular sugar, half cup in the rice bin, quarter cup in the oats. I reach in for the handle which I always leave out of the food. Made oatmeal raisin cookies without washing a measuring cup.

                And the yeast in the freezer have their own tsp that chills with them.

                1. <But I am not sure about which stainless steel should be used for flatware either 18/8 or 18/10 or any other>

                  Should is a strong word. 18/0, 18/8, and 18/10 are all used for stainless steel flatware. 18/0 being the cheapest and 18/10 the most expensive. They all can perform well, but 18/10 retains its "shine" better than 18/0.

                  <I would also like to know about which finish is better for every day use?>

                  That is somewhat debatable. I prefer a satin finish.

                  <Can you all please suggest me with your experience which flatware and measuring cups brands and models>

                  For flatware, Oneida is a good choice -- not too expensive. For measuring cups and spoons, I like AMCO for their "one piece" design.