For soups, stews, sauces, and more, we want a ladle that can really dish it out.
Published Feb. 1, 2022. Appears in America's Test Kitchen TV Season 23: Parathas and Pakoras
Our longtime favorite ladle is the Rösle Hook Ladle with Pouring Rim. It holds just the right amount of liquid, pours neatly and precisely, and is comfortable to hold in different positions. For a less expensive option, we also like the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ladle. It has a smaller capacity than our favorite and pours a bit less precisely, but it is still a pleasure to use. The Cuisinart Curve Handle Line Curve Nylon Ladle is our favorite nonstick-safe option. It has a big capacity, pours relatively neatly, and is especially easy to grip.
A good ladle is essential for scooping, portioning, and serving soups, stews, sauces, and sometimes drinks, desserts, and other liquids. Occasionally, we use ladles to press soups and purees through fine-mesh strainers to make them extra-smooth and silky.
Many of us prefer metal ladles, as they are sturdy and nearly indestructible. If you’re careful, you can use them with any type of pot or pan. But if you’re concerned about scratching your enameled or nonstick cookware, we recommend getting a ladle with a silicone or plastic bowl. These materials will be gentler on any surfaces they touch, though they can melt if exposed to high heat. We tested both stainless-steel and nonstick-safe versions, all with capacities of 4 to 7 ounces, the most commonly available sizes.
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