Review of OXO Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

Review of Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

This little Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadget has been a best seller on Amazon for quite a long time.  With over 200 customer reviews, I got curious about why this is so popular.

It seems that there are many uses for this tool, from working dough on a board, to scraping, chopping, crushing and even measuring!  The handle is designed with comfort in mind (hence the name!), and it is easy to use and easy to clean.

So what do real customers say in their reviews about the Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper?

The Good

Customers really seem to appreciate the measurements that are etched into the blade.  They can be used to measure dough thickness, brownie sizes or ingredient amounts.

There are also many comments on the sturdy, durable construction, the comfortable handle, and the ease of cleaning in the dishwasher!

The Not So Good

A small minority of people found the handle uncomfortable, and there were a couple of comments from people who said that the blade was too flimsy. Two (out of the 200) also commented that their product rusted.

Tips From Customers

Use for measuring dough thickness; creating perfect squares; drawing straight lines; chopping onions; cutting herbs; scraping chopping boards; dicing. There seems to be no end of uses!

One customer even said that the measuring lines have eliminated arguments from her kids over who got the biggest piece!

Conclusion

This sounds like a great piece of kit to have in every kitchen! From the many and great reviews, most customers seem to be extremely happy with it.  I might just have to get one of these Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadgets myself!

 

 

Wilton Disposable Icing Bags

Review of Wilton Disposable Icing Bags

Wilton disposable icing bags are a really handy addition to the toolbox of any cake decorator.  They are available as both 12″ or 16″, and are made from strong, durable plastic which is also suitable for melting products in the microwave.  These icing bags fit standard icing tips and couplers.

Save yourself the time and mess of cleaning icing bags, and save time when using various colors.

So what do real customers think of these Wilton bags?

The Good

Customers were impressed with the durability of these icing bags.  They refilled them multiple times without having problems with leaking of bursting seams.

The convenience and lack of cleaning up are by far the biggest reasons for purchasing these cake decorating bags.

Most customers were pleased with this product price, and felt that it worked out as a cost effective alternative.

 The Not So Good

The biggest negative is the issue of waste.  Not everyone is happy with the “throw-away” culture that has become popular.

The other issue with the bags being so strong and durable is that they are not as “soft” or easy to handle as other bags.

Some people found the 12″ icing bags too small.

 Tips From Customers

You don’t even need to worry about nozzles, just snip a piece from the end of the bag and start icing!

Handy to use for other purposes too – tie up bags of marshmallows, cookes, candy etc – but be aware that the Wilton logo is on the bag!

Conclusion

A very handy and time saving product. These icing bags from Wilton are sturdy and a reasonable price. Very useful to have in your toolkit!

Read more sugarcraft product reviews, and great tips on cake decorating!

Reviews of Wilton Set of 10 Gum-Paste Modeling Tools

To be honest, most people over on this side of the Atlantic seem to favour using PME modelling tools.  They are by far the most common that I see around .  However, I have looked at this set in the Wilton catalogue a good few times, and the price seems reasonable in comparison.  And the case would be a very handy addition to this set.  So I was wondering how good these Wilton tools actually are.

There are 10 tools in this set which are numbered and colour coded to make them easy to find and organize.  The handles are designed to be easy to grip, and are ergonomically designed.  Seven of the tools are double-ended, so in reality you are getting 17 tools! The tools included are:

Shell tool and knife; large & small bone tool; quilting & cutting tool; scriber & cone tool; large & small veining tool; large & small ball tool; umbrella tool; palette knife and 2 modelling sticks.

Sounds good?! Well what do real customers who have tried this kit really think?

The Good

Customers seems to appreciate the variety of tools included in this kit, and say that it contains all that you need to get started with your cake decorating. The case and the fact that the tools are numbered makes it very east to store, transport and organize your tools.

Many of the customers were very happy with what they got for their money.

The Not So Good

A few people commented on the fact that some of the tools seemed a little bit too small to be effective.  One person also felt that the quilting tool was cutting strips instead of actually just embossing a pattern.

Some more professional cake decorators felt that the construction was a little bit cheap, and that there were small bumps and marks in them from the manufacturing.

Conclusion

From what I have read, beginners and home bakers seem to be very happy with this set of tools from Wilton.  However, if you are a more professional/commercial cake decorator, you might be better off investing in sturdier tools.

Some Photos from the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild Competition!

Some amazing demos and entries today at the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild Competition!!

Have a look at some of these wonderful cakes and leave us a comment! Maybe you will get some inspiration..

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Reviews of Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!

Best selling authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson are back with more cupcake inspiration. But not only cupcakes this time, novel and fun ideas for pies, cakes and cookies as well that are easier than ever to use.

Unlike some other recipe books,  this one uses easy to find ingredients and items that you can find in your local store.

The Good

Customers particularly liked the fun and clear photos of the decorating ideas that made them want to try them out for themselves.

They also said that the step by step instructions were easy so that even a complete beginner could follow them and create stunning desserts.

Even though some of the ideas are quite complex and involved to complete, there is room in each of the projects for children to get involved.

The Not So Good

Some people were expecting a cook book, but this is mostly a decorating book, and the recipes use cake mixes rather than giving “made from scratch” recipes.

A number of people also said that the desserts are amazing to look at, but may need some tweaking to make them taste as good as they look.