What Spoons are Best for Making Jam? And Why Are Some Better than Others? Basic \u00a0Spoons. \u00a0\r\n\r\nWhen I first started I didn't realise you needed special jam making spoons so I just used normal metal ones.\r\n\r\nAfter all, a spoon is a spoon, right? \u00a0Oh dear so naive! lol. \u00a0I soon decided that I needed to invest in a proper spoon,\u00a0though. \u00a0But which one?\r\n\r\nSome research came up with some great options of spoons that would be better suited to the task of jam making than others.\r\nThe Wooden Spoon\r\nWood is better because it doesn't cool the mixture like metal and doesn't melt like plastic. One great thing about wooden spoons is that they are quite cheap to buy. For instance, these standard type spoons are very popular.\r\n\r\nThey only cost a couple of pounds and are quite good value. \u00a0They are good in grip and size and they can be put in a dishwasher. \u00a0Drying takes a while, though.\r\n\r\nThey fade slightly but nothing too dire. \u00a0And the surface doesn't splinter or crack. \u00a0They are ideal if your pan is non-stick as well. However, on the downside, they are not so great with stopping things sticking to the pan.\r\n\r\nKitchen Craft Beech Wood 3 Wooden Spoons\r\n\r\n\r\nA Beautiful \u00a0Beech Preserving\u00a0Spoon: Much For Better Jam Making\r\nTo the right is a proper preserving spoon. \u00a0Note the different shape\u00a0of the head, which is nice and flat. \u00a0 This helps keep the mixture moving and stops it sticking to the bottom of the pan, this is vital for saving pans and not having burnt tastes in your jams.\r\n\r\n The handle is longer too (42cm long) which is needed if you are stirring preserves. \u00a0It is vital if using a maslin pan as they are larger and deeper than normal pans and you need to get to the bottom.\r\n\r\nIt helps keep your hands away from getting scolded by hot jam (which really hurts). \u00a0Also, it has a\u00a0handy hook so you can rest it on the pan if you need to. The spoon is sanded well and quite sturdy which is important. \u00a0Long handled wooden Preserving Spoon. \u00a0\r\n\r\nThe beech spoon is made from managed forests FSC, so it not damaging the environment either.\r\nFor Something Different: A Silicone Spoon\r\n Now I admit anything silicone completely freaks me out. \u00a0I have silicone cooking containers and I can feel my stomach churn every time I put them in the oven. \u00a0 Somehow it seems unnatural\u00a0to put something that looks like it is going to melt into a hot space! However, having said that the cooking pans are great and this spoon is made by Kilner and they make fantastic quality products.\r\n\r\nHowever, having said that the cooking pans are great and this spoon is made by Kilner and they make fantastic quality products.\r\nThis spoon is resistant to heat with a long handle that is needed for jam and again has a hook for resting it down on the pan. \u00a0 The head is ideal for scraping and mixing as well. Surprisingly, this spoon is about the same price as the preserving spoon, so it is just a matter of preference really.\r\n\r\nKilner Silicone Wooden Jam Spoon\r\n\r\nThe Thermometer Spoon\r\nNow, this little beauty is on my wish list. \u00a0This is something that I have only heard of recently. \u00a0I had to include it as it looks fantastic. \u00a0My sister told me about it and I think it is a great idea.\r\n\r\n Sometimes juggling a thermometer and spoon is a pain. Also, the thermometers can hit the bottom of the pan, especially if you are just starting out and are using a saucepan. This solves both those problems in one go. \u00a0Very clever. \u00a0The thermometer is in the spoon so it is part of the mixing process and will give a more accurate reading than something resting on the bottom.\r\n\r\nIt costs about two and a half times that of the preserving and silicone spoons but then you don't have to buy a thermometer. \u00a0(Note: \u00a0a good thermometer can set you back about \u00a38 anyway, so this reduces the cost gap).\r\n\r\nIf like me, you already have a thermometer you might be grating your teeth right now and planning your next Christmas list, sigh. Never mind, the purpose of this site is to save my readers the issues I have come up with, so it's all good.\r\n\r\nHome Made Jam Spoon Silicone Thermometer \r\nIn Conclusion\r\nI hope you are sat\u00a0like I was suddenly realizing there is much more to the preserving spoon than meets the eye. \u00a0And that this helps. Really, it boils down to (no pun intended) your budget and what you prefer.\r\n\r\nWood is lovely, it feels traditional and I love the texture of it. \u00a0I like the simplicity of the silicone spatula. \u00a0Yet, I also feel the call of that last spoon.