|They are sold in a conventional set of three but then you can buy the fourth, which is the 13-quart, separately if you want that. Obviously to look at them nested like this, all four were really intended to go together. Less than $30, all-in.|
- It had to be a set of at least four bowls (many consumer sets only have three).
- The largest one had to be at least 12 quarts (I'll reveal why below).
- They had to be commercial grade or close to it (no flimsy steel).
- They had to have an efficient aspect ratio.
Those sound like four easy criteria, but it took me months to find a set that met them.
|By efficient aspect ratio, I mean that the bowls had to be deep relative to their width. Many mixing bowl sets are very shallow.|
|In terms of aspect ratio, I was also taking into account the need for a stable base. This is IKEA's current stainless bowl (Blanda). It's very hip and stylish, but look at that tiny flat bottom in the center! I feared the bowls in this set would be too unstable, roly-poly like.|
|This is why I need a lot of mixing bowls, and large deep ones at that. During this time of year, there's a daily haul of fruits and vegetables from our back yard gardens, and that stuff tends to fill up every kitchen container in sight.|