Squishy Bowls by Guyot Designs
The first thing I thought when I opened the packaging of the Squishy Bowls, was how in the world am I supposed to pick these up when full? They're soft and flexible. But we will get back to that later.
Squishy Bowls are food grade silicon based containers that are flexible, compact, and convenient. They'll fit just about anywhere, making them a natural addition to your go bag. Also very convenient for those car or camping trips, where space is at a premium.
I have used these bowls frequently here at home, and I am pleased to report that they are very easy to clean. The bowls clean up with the smallest amount of soap, basically running my hand over the soap dispenser nozzle. A quick inside out rinse with cold water and they come out clean.
I was a little concerned about how they would handle hot liquids. I know that food grade silicon can be baked, but as I figured very hot meals and liquids would make the containers too hot to hold. I was right, they get hotter than the devil's own furnace. No problem, I always carry my do-rag, and there is another one in my go-bag. I wrapped it around the bowl and I held it without a fuss.
They hold their shape well when full of liquid, and conveniently, you can squeeze the cup to funnel every last bit of whatever you are having!
I also picked up a set of their Utensils™. They're rather longish to allow you to effectively eat out of those tall narrow cook pots, and they are really good at scraping the last bits out of freeze dried food bags. Great for MREs. The spork works well as a fork, and it is adequate as a spoon. It's tough to get alot of thin soup in it, but stew like material scoops up easy. The spatula/knife combo works pretty good too. I wouldn't try to use it to skin and quarter a rabbit, but it will cut cooked meats well. By the way, you can resharpen it with a Sterling Sharpener. The spatula will flip eggs and small pancakes. If you like pretty eggs it will take a bit a of practice to get it right. It is a bit narrow out of necessity. The spatula and spork snap together, and they also have a carabiner loop that allows you to clip it and secure them.
Overall, I think that the designs are excellent. Easily packed and easily cleaned, they are a great addition to your kit; great for anyone that camps, travels, and for those that like to be prepared. Anyone that has loved ones in the military overseas, these might be one of those things that they will appreciate every day of their deployment. Get them the slate colored ones, unless the team at Guyot Designs comes out with a desert or coyote tan one. If enough folks ask I bet Guyot Designs will make a batch of The Utensils and their Squishy Bowls in tactical colors for our men and women serving overseas!
Guyot Designs Inc.
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