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Out with the old, in the with the new!

alternately titled, I Finally Spent Some Of My Birthday Money.

I’ve never had a nice soup ladle.

I got a beautiful and sturdy small ladle with the silverware set we received when we got married, but it’s much more suited to gravy and such than soup. You’d need about 25 scoops of soup to get a decent bowl with that ladle.

So for the past decade and a half, I’ve been using Mr. FG’s bachelor ladle, which is of the cheap plastic variety.

It was working fine for a while, but now it’s cracked and it has just seen better days.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for a stainless steel ladle at a thrift store ever since Katy found hers, but alas, there are none to be found.

So, I decided it was time to just buy a new one.

Since I’m trying to buy heirloom-quality items when possible, I knew I didn’t want to buy just another cheap plastic ladle. Plus, I’m make an effort to avoid buying new plastic items if I can help it.

Fortunately, I remembered that I had some unspent birthday money sitting around, which meant I could splurge a bit.

I checked Cook’s Illustrated to see if they had recommendations, and they did indeed!

(You gotta love being able to find reviews on simple things like ladles.)

Apparently a lot of stainless steel ladles are poorly designed, because they only recommended one model, made by Rosle.

Isn’t it purty?

It’s all one piece, which bodes well on the durability front, and the handle is hefty enough to resist bending.

The lip around the edge there is supposed to help prevent spills. I haven’t gotten to try that out yet, so I’ll get back to you with my opinion about how well that works.

It makes me so, so happy to buy things that promise to last a lifetime.

I shouldn’t ever need to spend any money on a ladle, and no one will ever have to manufacture one for me again either. It’s good for my wallet and good for the earth.

And it’s lovely to look at too.

I was going to throw the old ladle into the recycling bin, but the girls reminded me that ladles are a very fun to play with in the water. So for the moment, it will find new life as a toy.

Now I just need to think of a reason to make soup in August. Maybe I’ll make a pot of clam chowder…this is so popular with my family, they probably won’t mind eating it even in the dog days of summer.

In case you need a ladle too, here are the details:

I chose the 5.4 ounce Rosle ladle, which is $30.93 on Amazon (that’s where I ordered mine, as I couldn’t find it locally.)

It also comes in an an 8-ounce size for $35.95 and a 3.7 ounce size for $29.95. The price difference between the sizes is negligible, so pick what fits your needs.


Have you purchased any heirloom, last-a-lifetime things lately?


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Sunday 22nd of November 2015

My (old) cheap plastic ladle broke last night and I remembered you raving about yours so I looked at Amazon to see it. Apparently it is made in China now--is yours?

Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares

Sunday 2nd of June 2013

Don't forget looking for vintage kitchenwares online, too. There are so, so many nice quality vintage ladles available--while some have bakelite or wood handles, if they've held up 50 years already, they'll probably last another fifty!


Wednesday 29th of August 2012

I'm slowly replacing things in the kitchen that are worn and not working very well, including my two plastic soup ladles, one of which was working on a crack. I did the same thing - bought two upper end, stainless steel ladles to replace them. I got my money's worth out of the other two, but they were so worn and stained, I threw them away instead of putting in the Goodwill bag.

We also have been replacing kitchen appliances and instead of the middle grade ones, we've gone for upper end ones. They're easier for my husband to use with his bad hands and the motors are stronger for the type of kitchen work we do, especially our smoothies. Since the old ones still worked, we put them in the Goodwill bag. We got our money's worth on them too, but they didn't meet our needs anymore after 20 years.

I love the nicer things in my kitchen - makes it so much easier to do stuff. But we're not replacing things until something breaks (like my 35 year old pots that started warping) or we have a different need (stronger blender).



Sunday 26th of August 2012

I love reading your blog and seeing how some of the simplest things bring you joy. You are an inspiration. I need to do more to curb my consumerism and reading your blog is so helpful.

I was telling my mom about your blog just the other day.


Thursday 16th of August 2012

We recently bought a Wesley Allen metal bed. Wanted to replace our Mexican pine bed and I wanted a sturdy bed that bed was made in the USA that would last a lifetime. I researched and found the bed for a good price locally( no tax). I love it, it looks vintage, but its new and will last forever. Oh and I freecyled the old bed.

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