30 October 2014

GIR Ultimate Spatula and Kitchen Tools - Review and Giveaway

GIR Spatula Pinwheel / www.delightfulrepast.com
Photo courtesy of GIR

You might ask, What's the big deal about spatulas? A spatula is a spatula, right? Up until recently, I might have said so. I've tried dozens of spatulas over the years (as you may know, I have a serious gadget habit), and this is the first one I've been completely happy with.

The biggest problem with most spatulas is that they are a silly two-piece design. If you've ever had the business end pop off the handle and get stuck in whatever you're making, you know what I'm talking about. Or you might not have realized it was a two-piece gadget until you were washing it one day and it came apart and you spotted moldy gunk inside!

A few one-piece spatulas have found their way into my kitchen and have quickly been shown the way out! They were so rigid as to be completely useless. I always thought, Why can't someone make a good spatula? Well, someone finally did. GIR, ProductofGIR.com. Love these unibody silicone tools! One piece of molded food-grade silicone with reinforced interiors, heat-proof to 464 degrees, eco-friendly material, BPA-free, easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

This giveaway is open to readers everywhere in the world!

The Ultimate Spatula is the one to start with, the one most home cooks would use most frequently. There's also the Skinny, perfect for blender jars or scraping the last of the mayonnaise out of the tall jar; the Mini, just what's needed for getting all the tomato paste out of those tiny cans or scraping small measuring cups; and the Pro, really hefty for big jobs.

And there's the Scraper (bowl scraper and bench scraper), which also serves as a ruler; the Ultimate Spoon, which I'm expecting to become a firm favorite; the Ultimate Flip and Pro Flip, both of which look great for right-handers (I'm a leftie, but my husband can use them for outdoor grilling); and the Silicone Lids, which can be used for cooking or storage. 

The entire line comes in an array of beautiful colors, but what color did I choose? Black. For every single item, black. If you win the giveaway, you might want to be a little more adventurous than I! The spatulas may be more expensive than other brands, but they are guaranteed for life. 



GIR Ultimate Spatula Red / www.delightfulrepast.com
Photo courtesy of GIR
GIR Giveaway
  
This giveaway is open to readers everywhere in the world! One winner will receive a 5-piece set of kitchen tools from GIR, all four different spatulas plus the new Ultimate spoon in your choice of color(s); you may choose a different color for each! All readers who leave a comment about spatulas (one entry per person - and please include your email address in the body of your comment) on this post before 11:59 pm Eastern time Wednesday November 5 will be put into a random drawing. 

Winner will be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday November 6. If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday November 9, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).

Buy It Now GIR kitchen tools, including the Ultimate spatula, are available on Amazon.

Disclosure: Though GIR provided silicone kitchen tools for review purposes and for the giveaway, the views expressed here are entirely my own. I always tell my readers what I really think!

73 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

You find the most interesting things, Jean! I like my Paula Dean spatulas (rubber scrapers?) but the two-piece design always makes me wonder what germs are lurking under the handle. :-( I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!
Judy(at)soapnsuch(dot)com.
(CranberryMorning.)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Judy. Yes, I'm pretty much "up" on all the latest when it comes to kitchen stuff! (Not so much on technology!)

kristieinbc said...

What a great giveaway! My current spatula is on its last legs. The paddle part has deep cracks in at, and every time I use it I'm afraid a piece is going to break off and get cooked along with the food I'm stirring. :-)

hsknitter(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Kristie, I'm so glad this giveaway is open to all countries!

Anonymous said...

Love these colourful spatulas. I think Spatulas are actually the most useful tool in the kitchen. how did the cavemen cope without them???

cupcakesrutherford(at)gmail(dot)com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Good question, Cupcakes!

Lorrie said...

Spatulas are such workhorses in my kitchen. I have one two-piece one that has a silicone top that I love using. But I stuck it too far into the blender (oops) and it has a nick in it. Others are too hard or too flimsy. One I bought recently has a beautiful wooden handle but it's way too heavy for efficient scraping.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Lorrie, sounds like you definitely need to try these!

Nóirín said...

Count me in for the giveaway! spatula@nerdchic.net

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

You're in, Noirin!

Cheryl said...

I was canning jam last year and discovered pieces of spatula in the jam! I'd love these in black or red. Cheryl

drags59at yahoo dot com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Yikes, Cheryl! I'd want to bill the maker of that spatula for my time and materials!

Colleen said...

Life is too short to use any ordinary spatula. Especially when you get to the over 60 club! I need one of these beauties in my life! I need some colour in my kitchen. Would love to win this giveaway they look and sound wonderful. Not always open to all over the world so I here in South Africa am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to enter. Thank you Jean ;) xx
collywolly50(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

"Life is too short to use any ordinary spatula." I love that, Colleen! Not certain, but you just might be my very first commenter ever from South Africa.

Jacquelineand.... said...

It looks like I'm going to have to check in here rather frequently, your blog isn't updating on my feed!
I'm not going to be greedy and enter this giveaway, (although the spatulas look wonderful)really, what I wanted to do was say hello and thank you for all your kind words!

Anonymous said...

Mine are all plain - but also very useful.

These are quite lovely.



theurbandog(at)yahoodotcom

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Jacqueline, thank you. I post every Thursday morning, just to keep things simple!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks for entering, theurbandog!

Rusthawk said...

I have a serious gadget habit too and wonder how did I get so picky about such things!? These beauties would be wonderful to have and use in my kitchen. Love the color-factor!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Rusthawk, it's not the *worst* habit we could have, right?! Mine's genetic, can't be helped!

Renata said...

Wow Jean! I'm impressed! What a wonderful giveaway! I always hunt for the one-piece spatulas, but they are so difficult to find in my area. I love this collection! Absolutely gorgeous! Of course I'd love to win one ;) I'm so happy the giveaway is valid internationally! Awesome!
testado.provado.aprovado(at)gmail(dot)com
Cheers!
Renata

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Renata, yes, I was thrilled to be able to offer the giveaway internationally! Cooks everywhere are going to love this set!

GingerG said...

Oh these look perfect!!! I could definitely use them and they would be so handy! Thank you for introducing me to this brand and for the chance :)

ginger(dot)brooks(at)ymail(dot)com

Angie Schneider said...

Can't imagine my kitchen without having a few of spatulas!

Anonymous said...

Why do I feel so relieved whilst reading your blog today? At last, a spatula that really works! I find that one spatula is not always enough during one cooking session and am rather fussy about this small item in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing the advice, and thanks for making it possible for South Arican readers to participate.
elmariedelarey@gmail.com

Madeline B said...

I love the colors available! So much fun.
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

You're so welcome, Ginger!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Angie, thanks for entering!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Elmarie, I was so happy to be able to open this up to readers everywhere!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Madeline, all these fabulous colors, and I got every single piece in black! What was I thinking?!

Tony Grant said...

I am sure Jimi could have found a way of playing his guitar with one of those.
Just discovered, Jean, that the inventor of the Octavia, the acoustic sound system many great gutarists emplyed including Jimi, Jeff Beck ,Eric and many others was a gentleman called John Meyer who lives at 15 Salisbury Road Worcester Park. That is about a mile and half from where I live. The above is the address of his main office. He was a sound and vibration engineer who worked for the Royal Navy. When he retired from the navy he branched out into creating acoustic effects for Rock musicians. I will write an article about him.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Tony, got your PS too changing that to Roger Meyer. Interesting!

Stephanie said...

Of course I use spatulas for cooking but I also find them very useful while making lotion! The more the merrier :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Stephanie, that sounds like a wonderful use for these spatulas. If you make big batches in deep pots, the Pro will be perfect.

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Dear Lefty – while you are listening to “Paint It Black,” I am listening to “Mellow Yellow” and other colorful choices for spatulas, on account of I know I’m going to win. Heretofore I have not found terribly many occasions to use a spatula, but with a whole set of them can one rule out juggling? My email address is mn333mn@earthlink.net The mayo jar is getting perilously close to empty. Hope I can hold out hitting bottom before the winning prize arrives…

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks for bringing those tunes to mind! Love them both! You can use spatulas to stir food when you're saute-ing or boiling or whatever. And to scrape the meringue out of the bowl and arrange it on top of your lemon meringue pies!

Rachel DeHart said...

I forgot to leave my email in the last comment. tall_person13 at yahoo dot com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

And, Rachel, what's special about these silicone spatulas is that they are one-piece with silicone handles as well, so the handles are not going to melt or burn.

Brooks said...

Spatulas are vital to our work, and these look well crafted. Thanks for sharing them with us. Happy Halloween to you & yours!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Brooks! I had given up on ever finding a spatula I could tolerate, let alone one I could get excited about!

Bruce said...

Those spatulas would be very welcome in my kitchen.
bruceclithero at gmail.com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Bruce, I'm sure you will love them!

Renuka said...

Well colour me blind!!! I think that a spatula is a very underrated tool in the kitchen. I only have one at the moment and would love to increase my stock especially when I lick the spatula, damn then I have to wash it and use it again as its my hubby's pet hate...lol. Thank you for the opportunity. Best wishes Renuka from Durban, South Africa

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Renuka, sounds like your husband and I would get along well! :D You will love this spatula; it really is something special.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

I love colour in my kitchen. I have 12 different coloured single serving sets of Fiesta dishes. So what I'm saying is these kitchen tools are perfect for me and the spatula would especially fit perfectly into my kitchen decor.

Thanks for the giveaway!
xoxo

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Jennifer, you DO like colour! I envy you your Fiesta collection!

Choclette Blogger said...

You are so right about spatulas that come apart - I'm always quite disgusted at how dirty they can get. Love the look of these and I would choose red for at least one of mine if I was lucky enough to win - crossing fingers!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Choclette, I know you could put these tools to good use with all your yummy chocolate creations!

Amy at love made my home said...

I love kitchen gadgets, but like you say, it is so hard to get spatulas that actually scrape and bend isn't it. I used to have some plastic ones - all one piece - that were wonderful, but they melt if they get near anything warm. These sound as though they would be perfect. xx lovemademyhome at gmail dot com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Amy, so glad you got in on this -- these are great tools!

Hayley Wyatt said...

Loving these beauties. Colourful utensils to bring a smile into the kitchen :D

hayley.wyatt@kcl.ac.uk

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Hayley, just like you and me, they work good and look cute all at the same time! ;-)

Blissmum. said...

You know it's time for a new spatula when you find pieces in your frosting gillian@gillianbliss.com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Yes, it's definitely time, Blissmum! :D

Pauline Wiles said...

OK, it would definitely be the purple for me if I could pick!
Usually, I find spatulas are too floppy - my favourite one doesn't flex too much when I'm trying to persuade my efforts to move. And yes, it's black :) But I would love to try these.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Purple -- you're a wild woman, Pauline! I'd probably go for the red.

Martina said...

I love the first photo with the 'rainbow' set of spatulas, it's actually hard to choose a colour when you see them displayed in such a lovely fashion. I use spatulas a lot when I cook and I have them in various sizes. I find the Oxo spatulas really good, but these ones seem of excellent quality and I'd love to win one. If I were to choose a colour, I'd go for the turquoise? or perhaps the fuchsia? Hard one...

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Martina, these spatulas are perfect for making all those delicious variations on tiramisu in your lovely tiramisu cookbook!

Leigh M said...

Leigh1623@gmail.com
I <3 spatulas as I hate waste and use it scrape the jars of peanut butter, jam, margarine etc. So I have a clean container to recycle ;)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Good girl, Leigh! My Grandma would be proud of you! I hate waste, too; so I've been loving the Mini and the Skinny to really clean out jars.

Pom Pom said...

Wow! I think I need a new set of tools!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Pom Pom, great kitchen tools make life so much easier!

Pat said...

I've had that 'pop off' happen to me. Don't you just hate that. LOL! Now I have Betty Crocker's one piece spatula.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

And maybe you'll have this set, too, Pat! Can't have too many.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always use spatulas but have never had any like these. I have the kind you have to pull apart to clean! lol thanks for a chance to win these! You can click on my comment to email me! Thank you! Sweet hugs, Diane

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Diane, it's high time you got some easy-clean one-piece spatulas! :D

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

*Giveaway Winner Announced* - The winner, by random drawing, of the kitchen tools is Lorrie. Lorrie, as soon as you send me, delightfulrepast at aol dot com, your name, address and phone number (required by shipper), GIR will ship the kitchen tools to you. Congratulations!

If I don't hear from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday, November 9, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from among the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).

Watch for my next giveaway! In the meantime, follow me on Google and onTwitter (@delightfulrepas). You can even use the Follow Me By Email button in the right column.

tickettomymind said...

I wished I checked your site earlier... I'm always on the hunt for good spatulas!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, ticket! I post just once a week, on Thursday, and do great giveaways from time to time.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Congrats to Lorrie! I sure loved this giveaway! Thanks!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Diane, thank you. You are sooooo sweet!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I don't like the two piece designs and always take them apart to wash. These are so much better.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Maureen, I am just loving all these spatulas every day!

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