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July 21, 2010

Tools of the soup maker's trade: perforated ladles

My favorite perforated ladle, made of cherry wood. 

Ladles come and ladles go. Sometimes they break, sometimes they go out of style, and sometimes you bring them to a potluck and forget to bring them home. This perforated ladle, made of cherry and purchased at a craft fair, came into my kitchen at least ten years ago, and stayed. When serving a chunky soup, the ladle -- which has just a few holes on one side of the bowl -- lets me separate the liquid from the solids, and portion out the perfect amount of each. And when I make chicken stock in my slow cooker each week, I use the perforated ladle to remove the chicken meat and bones before straining the stock.

You can find metal perforated ladles online and at restaurant supply stores, but I'm partial to wood, because it doesn't scratch my soup pots or slow cookers, and doesn't react with acidic foods. And, of course, because it feels so good in my hand.

Perforated ladles run from $15 for a wok ladle at an Asian market, to $44 for a version of the wooden one in my kitchen (which comes in right- or left-handed styles, by the way).

Do you have a perforated ladle? Do you love it?


Posted by: Kalynskitchen | July 21, 2010 at 07:34 PM

Now I want one of these! (I do have stock skimmers with holes, but not a ladle.

Posted by: susan g | July 22, 2010 at 12:14 AM

More than food, that is eye candy. Never saw one like it. Beauty and utility -- ideal!

Posted by: Karina | July 22, 2010 at 09:59 AM

Wooden tools are the best! I don't have one of these babies. I'll have to keep my eye out for one.

Posted by: Melynda | July 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Love the curved handle! What a great piece of equipment, no don't have one, but I do use a skimmer.

Posted by: Pam | March 12, 2011 at 05:56 AM

Wow...I finally found something that I don't have. I enjoy having good gadgets~thanks for the info.

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