One of the many repetitive job tasks of the "professional mom" is to cut up food for the kids to ensure that they don't choke. So, a few weeks ago I did a Google search to see if anyone had come up with a product for cutting up your kids' food that would travel well. I'm always cutting up Toby's and Sammy's food, but it's always a challenge to locate a knife and cutting surface when we are out and about. I don't want to just toss a steak knife in my bag as it could shred my bag, not to mention my hands while digging for it, or Sammy's hands while looking for a snack or toy.
I thought maybe I could find some kind of small knife with a cover over it, so I could toss it in my diaper bag and not worry about it getting dirty or slicing up my bag. In my search I was happy to come across something even better: Tiny Bites Food Shears...little food shears with a plastic sheath over the blade, designed for this very purpose by parents Ed and Anila Nitekman from New York. When I saw that they were looking for people to review their product, I contacted them and they offered me a set to try. They were even kind enough to offer a set of shears as a give-a-way to one of you lucky readers!! Read on to hear more about this fun product and how YOU can win your own set!
I was excited to return home from our Thanksgiving travels to find my set of shears. One red and one blue, which in our house is known as "Blue like Thomas" and "Red like James." (Thomas the Tank Engine references, for those of you who don't have train-obsessed boys...)
My first impressions...
Great idea to have a set of two...this way I can keep one in my diaper bag and one in the kitchen.
the Safe Sizer anti-choking plates that I helped design graphics for, which help illustrate the correct food size.)
Trying it out...
Being an artist, I was also excited to try out the other creative benefits of cutting my kids' food with scissors...the post card that arrived with my shears had ideas such as cutting pancakes into letters, trimming broccoli into lollipops, etc... When Sammy wanted a piece of Toby's bread, I tried cutting him an "S" and he loved it...
Having the two blades cut against each other (as opposed to a knife on a board) works much better when cutting through foods with a "skin," like hot dogs and grapes, with a blade on both sides at once. (prevents you from smooshing the food and squirting juice everywhere!) I used these to cut up orange slices into little bits for Toby yesterday and they worked like a CHARM. A knife would have yielded a pile of mush, but the sharp blades cut perfect little pieces.
It would be nice I think if the blades separated like kitchen shears to ensure that they get really clean, however, they are dishwasher safe which makes me feel better about getting them well sanitized!
The blades are made from cutlery grade stainless steel, and the handles/sheath are BPA free plastic.
I certainly will be keeping these in my diaper bag all the time!! Huge thanks to Anila and Ed for giving me the opportunity to review these! (and no, I was not paid for this review in case you're wondering)
ENTER TO WIN a set of Tiny Bites Food Shears!
Here are the rules:
1. Entrants have until end of day (11:59 pm, CDT) Friday, December 10, 2010 to rack up your entries in the drawing.
2. Each entrant can earn up to 9 entries, as outlined below.
3. Each entry requires a separate comment in this post to be counted separately.
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5. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on Monday, December 13, 2010.
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