Squishy bowls

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Cool Tools reviewed these cool food-grade silicone bowls and cups from Guyot Designs.

They can be baked, boiled and frozen without ill effect... Guyot’s bowls are entirely pliable, and eating out of a bowl without structural rigidity can be a strange experience the first time. Their flexing and bulging when holding liquids does take some getting used to. But I’ve never had a problem eating out of them. This amorphousness comes in handy when you want to slurp back the rest of your milk or finish off the end of your camp stew, as you can squish the side of the bowl into a convenient spout.
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  1. Can you hold a bowl of hot soup in one hand? I’d think the edge of the bowl would squish out and you’d end up with a lapful of burns.

  2. At first gloss I would have to agree with lasermike, a person has to wonder what VOCs leach out of these things when heated.

    A little research shows that food grade silicone has been approved by the FDA, and consists mostly of stuff called Isoparaffins and Dimethypolysiloxane. Both of these are used extensively in the preparation of food in the case of Dimethypolysiloxane as a food additive directly, so if they are bad for us, we’re probably already screwed.

    Besides, they look really cool.

  3. @9 – Bisphenol A is used in plastics, not silicones.

    They’re not the same. If you want to convince yourself that the sky is falling, though, by all means, go ahead.

  4. I have some and they work great. They narrow at the top so you have to really squeeze them to make the edge dip low enough to spill. They’re the same material as countless kitchen items, including spatulas, cake pans, pastry brushes, etc.

  5. @9 – Silicone doesn’t have BPA in it, that’s one of the features. I have a bunch of these and they are great! As you can see in the photos the bowls are more spherical than they are “flat”, so you don’t get the problem MAX_SUPERNOVA was worried about.

  6. Can these be turned inside-out? I imagine that would make cleaning much easier. Also, silicone is highly insulative, so I imagine you’d have no problem with hot soup or coffee in these.

    -1 to all the “Plastics iz gonna kill us!” nonsense. The plastic threat is greatly exaggerated, and what little threat does exist doesn’t apply to silicone.

  7. food-grade silicone, jumbo shrimp, military intelligence… how about that food grade asbestos we used to use in everything.

  8. #18: Actually, you deserve more of an explanation why your fail funny is fail.

    “Surgical steel, jumbo shrimp, military intelligence… how about that surgical grade asbestos we used to use in everything. ”

    Seems kind of foolish, no? It’s not an oxymoron; you’re letting your ignorance show.

    Seriously, out of all the places to get such a bizarre set of ignorant hysteria (“plastic”? seriously?) this is the last place I expected it.

  9. So when you go camping, you don’t have to worry about the space your cookware takes up, ’cause it’s squashy. And cleaning crusty things would be easy, because you can deform it until the crusty stuff breaks off.


  10. Well besides camping do these things have a point?

    I have bowls, plenty of them…

    I have mixing bowls, not that I’d use one for that purpose.

    And I see little to no advantage to having it be flexible. A stainless steel bowl and a spatula work just as well.

    This reminds me of the “new” silicon baking pans and crap. Worthless. Silicon is not an efficient heat conductor, hence limited browning. It flexes, so you can spill batter all over a hot oven. Sometimes we have already invented the best solution to the problem. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel.

  11. #17: They can be turned inside out, but it’s a little bit tricky to do. Makes it easy to rinse off the inside though.

  12. # 17 and #28 I vouch that they can be turned inside out to clean which is an excellent feature for back packing along with the squishy back packability. It lets you lick the last drops of goodness off your bowl before you go to clean it.

  13. nice idea, they do look lovely too. only concern is if they keep their surface texture over time, particularly if they go in the washing machine.

  14. @#24: “Well besides camping do these things have a point?”

    I’ve got a vegetable steamer* made out of the same material. It’s much easier to use than the fanning stainless steel one that it replaced. For one, I can scrunch it into a variety of different sized pots.

    *round, flat thing with little legs on the bottom and holes in it. you stick it into a pan with boiling water underneath. vegetables go on top.

  15. There’s something beautiful about these bowls. They remind me of a certain type of clay bowl (called an escudilla) used in Guatemala to serve atol/atole de masa (a corn meal based hot drink with black beans and roasted pumpkin seed seasoning). I admit the bowls used for the atol aren’t as spherical but they aren’t too far off. The orange of these bowls strikes me as a really bright clay; I love the design, squishiness and my nostalgia for my home state of Guatemala notwithstanding.

  16. What is really cool, and not mentioned, is that these guys are based out of a tiny town in Maine. Their offices are literally about an hour away from the nearest traffic light, yet they can produce these awesome products and get them out there from such a remote location… The power of the internet can really let you run a business from anywhere.

  17. I cook with silicon all the time, got some muffin cups that are reusable, and some other stuff. Still, I doubt I’d be cooking in those, more like eating out of them, although I wonder how they’d hold up in a backpacking stove…

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