Ah but sometimes the "wrong" thing might be just the thing that will make you look pro. Like using a skillet as a lid, or placing a skillet upside down across two burners to re-ignite a pilot that went off... /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gifThank you both. I really appreciate your detailed answer foodpump. As a student, you have two guidelines when it comes to equipment it seems: use whatever you want to get the job done, but don't use the wrong thing or you'll look stupid.
Thank you for your further elaboration! Do you have any suggestions for labeling things like the spoon, etc? I mean, it seems like a sharpie would make it unsanitary. I guess engraving would be okay, but I would guess it would be expensive.The stainless is superior for several reasons. Not only is there risk for the nylon melting, but the nylon does not have the stability needed for some functions. If you are lifting something from a boiling caldron, for instance, you want to be sure that the tool you are using will not bend or wobble under the weight of what you are lifting. This can happen with the nylon. Even if it seems fairly stable at room temp, heat from the cook pot can soften it. How might I know this? My daughter's kitchen is poorly equipped with the most awful spoons and ladles in the world. I suspect they were part of some "everything in one box" kitchen outfit, from her newlywed days. Anyway, these are flimsy and useless for anything but the simplest of tasks.
So, yes, stainless is better, and get the heaviest you can afford. Since these will be used at school, you will want to brand all your tools with some sort of ID. You name, birthdate or your car license plate number, so no one else can say it's his.
I hope you do well in your school. G.
That'll work. The point is be able to distinguish your tools from anyone else's similar or identical ones. This is especially useful if another party's tool becomes damaged, and s/he tryies to switch out for your better one. Trust me, this does happen, not only in school settings but in professional venues as well. No matter where you are in life, you will find people are people. Some have great integrity and ethics, others have none. Even as a team player, you'll have to look out for yourself first.I personally see no reason to spend money on marking a $3 spoon. Take a flathead screwdriver and a hammer, and etch your initials into the back of the handle.
I've seen "etching pens" very cheap in craft stores, and yes, hardware stores. Typically under $15. Considering the number of uses you might find for such a tool once you have it, that's not a bad investment. In addition to your kitchen tools, you can use it to identify lots of other stuff. Camera, cell phone, household appliances, etc. Actually anything that you may need to be able to identify if it becomes lost or stolen.
They are essentially a pen that has a very hard tip (usually tungsten carbide I think), instead of an ink insert. Hold it just like a pen and write like you're using a pen, but etch the writing into metal. You can probably find one at a craft store for cheap.How to etching pens work? Are they just pens that can scrape into metal? Or is it an electronic thing?