Comfortable to use
Compatible with all cookware
Spatula isn't always effective
Relatively fussy to maintain
The three-piece set includes a slotted spoon, a ladle, and what Great Jones has dubbed a spatula despite the fact that it's not entirely flat. The ladle and the slotted spoon are truly a joy to use because they're incredibly functional, nicely weighted, and gorgeous, to boot.
About the Great Jones Whole Grain Family
Includes: Slotted spoon, ladle, spatula
Dimensions: Slotted spoon is 12.9" x 2.9", ladle is 13.9" x 3.9", spatula is 13.7" x 3.1"
Material: Ash wood
Compatible with: Nonstick, glass, stainless steel, cast-iron, and ceramic cookware and bakeware
Care instructions: Do not leave to soak in water for long periods and oil regularly
What we like
They're sturdy and comfortable to use
Unlike the unsightly assortment of wooden utensils I've used for almost a decade, every piece in this set is comfortable to hold (read: no potential splinters) and feels incredibly well-made. The handles are smooth and the ideal length for stirring hot sauces or testing just-boiled pasta from a safe distance.
They're compatible with every type of cookware
In case you didn't know this already—and I genuinely hope you did—metal utensils are the enemy of most cookware. The best cookware-friendly utensils are those made from silicone or wood, like these beauties. The Whole Grain Family is compatible with nonstick, glass, steel, cast-iron, and ceramic cookware and bakeware.
These utensils are absolutely gorgeous
Whether you store them in a container on your kitchen counter (I love my Enamel Utensil Holder from Hay Designs) or you go the Julia Child route with a peg board, these will look lovely displayed in your kitchen. I used them to make eggplant parm during testing and didn't notice any stains from the tomato sauce. That said, most wood utensils will show wear (and probably absorb some smell) over time, but proper cleaning should keep them looking nice for a while.
What we don’t like
The spatula isn't entirely effective
This "spatula" feels like more of an all-purpose spoon—and to be honest, if it'd been tabled as such, I probably wouldn't have had such an issue with it. Sure, it's great at pushing food around in a pan much like you'd accomplish with any spatula, but when it comes time to flip that egg (or fish or meat or veg), things don't go as smoothly. I eventually was able to flip an egg during testing, but I think a traditional silicone spatula is much better suited for this task.
They're relatively fussy to maintain
Since wooden items aren't dishwasher-safe, you have to wash these utensils by hand. The fussiness comes from Great Jones' recommendation to oil them regularly, which I find particularly frustrating given that they don't include any oil with the set, nor do they sell one. If, like me, you're looking for a good oil for keeping your wooden utensils and cutting boards in tip-top shape, we recommend something like John Boos Block Butcher Block Board Cream.
Should you buy the Great Jones Whole Grain Family?
Yes, especially if you're looking for high-quality basics
Despite its flaws, we definitely recommend this three-piece wooden utensil set. Each piece is carefully crafted out of quality materials, which justifies the relatively high price tag. The slotted spoon and ladle are must-haves if you cook soups, sauces, and noodles, and the spatula is useful for many cooking tasks, just maybe not flipping.
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Meet the tester
Kitchen & Cooking Editor
Madison Trapkin is the kitchen & cooking editor at Reviewed. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.
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