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Oliver’s Labels REVIEW and Giveaway!

*** UPDATE!  We have a winner – Yosefa of Cooking Outside the Box!!!  Always nice to share with another food blogger…
Product IllustrationBack in January of 2011
, I first had the good fortune to review Oliver’s Labels products on my main blog.
I was very, very pleased.  Thrilled, in fact, because I discovered that they have a line of kosher kitchen labels that actually STICK.  Having wrestled with various brands throughout my kosher-keeping life, I was delighted that not only do these stick strongly to a variety of surfaces (including wooden spoons!), but they are not see-through, meaning you can see them no matter what colour your implement happens to be.
imageHere’s a picture I took back in January 2011 of various utensils with the labels attached – so that was over a year and a half ago.  I was so delighted that these could stick to almost any surface, including round wooden spoons (they’re cheap, but annoying to replace when trayfed due to marker M’s and F’s and P’s rubbing off and becoming indistinguishable).
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You can see how useful these labels are when the implements are almost identical, like with the pastry brushes above (we make turkey pastries often for Shabbos, so we NEED a meat pastry brush!). 
Anyway, here’s an updated picture which includes a couple of new ones utensils, to show you how well the labels are bearing up under extremely heavy use (and how versatile they are on irregular surfaces, like digital thermometers) (I have two digital thermometers, one for cheese and one for bread, but many people also have a meat thermometer, and these labels would let you use the same cheap thermometer model for all three!).
(wondering what it looks like when inferior labels FAIL?  Check it out here)
The only times these labels haven’t stuck on well for us is when I’ve attempted to put them on a dirty or uneven surface, like one cutting board that was both chopped up a bit and slightly greasy (doh!). 
Otherwise, they go on and they STAY on, unlike the leading brands that peel up and leave annoying frayed edges that flap in the breeze.  I did try to put one on the cast-iron dutch oven I use to bake bread, but repeated exposure to a 500° left the label adhered but blackened beyond recognition (which was sad, because it’s pareve but also a deep red colour, so it confuses everybody).
Product IllustrationBeyond kosher, Oliver’s Labels also offers customizable Pantry Labels.  You customize the words on ALL the labels (common choices are pre-filled in so you don’t have to type them all out – just the ones you want to change!), so if you have a winning “custom BBQ blend” or Indian garam masala, or a cinnamon sugar shaker jar, just create a label and it stays clearly and professionally marked in your pantry.  The set comes with 50 spice labels and 20 canister labels.
Of course, Oliver’s Labels doesn’t just make kitchen labels.  If you’re interested in my impressions of some of their other products, mostly for kids but not JUST for kids, check out my other review here.
In the meantime!  Because now you’re totally excited about these wonderful labels, I am giving some away!!!  Between now and August 11th, you can enter here OR at my main blog (it’s all one contest, so entering in both places won’t help your odds) and one winner anywhere in the world will walk away (figuratively; they’ll be mailed directly from Oliver’s Labels!) to win BOTH:
  • One set of kosher kitchen labels AND
  • One pack of either Original, Mini, Shoe or Stick-eez Clothing Labels (you choose!)
Here’s my fine print based on past giveaways.
RaffleCopter works well if you follow the instructions.  If it says you get two entries by doing something (like following me on facebook), it will LET you enter even if you don’t do it, BUT I will check the winning entry carefully.  If you are drawn as the winner and you have not done the action properly (ie followed on twitter, commented on my blog with the design/style you want, etc), your entry will be disqualified and another winner will be selected.  Let’s say you got a couple of entries for following me on twitter.  If you are the winner, I will check if you follow me on twitter.  If you are NOT a follower, I will throw away your entry and draw another one.  If you are not sure your entries were all done properly, leave a comment and I’m happy to check for you!!!
So here’s the ‘Copter.  Do your thing!!!

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