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2labz's picture
Written on Monday, December 4, 2017
Pros: includes cleaning brush
Cons: use not intuitive

When turkey day rolled around, I learned that my super-neat baster had somehow been crushed in the gadget drawer, so I made an emergency trip for a new one. I found this OXO Softworks Turkey Baster for the surprisingly high price of $14.99 (the only other one was even more) and brought it home.

The baster is a clear plastic tube about nine inches long with a black rubber bulb. There's a hard plastic collar that locks on where the bulb attaches to the business end. OXO marks the tube in increments of ¼ ounce and 5 ml; total capacity is about 1½ ounces and 40-plus ml. A cleaning brush comes with the baster and fits inside for storage. There are two versions, a straight tube and an angled baster that includes a built-in rest; I'd have preferred the angle version but the store didn't have it.

It works like a baster should: squeezing the bulb sucks up liquid, squeezing it again expels the liquid. I didn't try, but I don't think you can completely fill the 1½-ounce tube with one squeeze. I didn't much care... What I did care about was that the plastic collar changes how you use this baster. Normally, you'd just squeeze the bulb but this one is designed so that you hold the collar like you would a syringe, and press with your thumb. Otherwise, it doesn't work very well..

Unfortunately, there's nothing on the packaging to suggest this and I didn't figure it out on my own until after I'd cooked the turkey.

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2labz recommends OXO Softworks Turkey Baster

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Type: Baster
Brand: OXO
Category: Dinnerware
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