May 27th, 2010
When I was contacted by Anila Nitekman, creator and designer of Tiny Bites Food Shears, I was immediately skeptical. I gave her my spiel: I don’t accept free product in exchange for product reviews; she was welcome to send a pair, but I would only mention them if I absolutely loved them. I usually leave it there, but this time I felt compelled to say more. The thing is, I have food shears, and it’s no secret that they are my all-time favorite kitchen tool. I use them for everything from deboning a chicken to cutting up the Hungry Boy’s food. Why would I need another pair? Another smaller pair just for cutting kid portions?
So, I explained that her shears would probably be wasted on me given my deep attachment to my regular shears. Anila’s response was brilliant: she wanted to send a pair even more because she loves convincing skeptics.
Well, alrighty. Bring it on. And so my Tiny Bites Food Shears arrived in the mail. Just like that.
I suppose the fact that you’re reading a post about it gives away that I love these small, ingenious shears. But let me tell you why.
First of all, I know that I didn’t pay for mine, but for a reasonable $9.99 (free ground shipping!) you get TWO shears, both of which come with a child-proof blade cover. That means, one pair for home and the other for your bag. Suddenly, dealing with cutting food in restaurants, on the playground and while traveling just got easy. Brilliant!
Another super smart design feature is the on-blade ruler that helps you measure each bite. Hello—great idea! And one that I know will resonate with first time moms. (I was so nervous about appropriate bite size when my first started eating finger foods.)
On top of it, these shears are lead and BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
And though I initially scoffed at the idea of separate shears just for cutting the kids’ food, there is something nice (to the clean freak in me) about knowing that the shears I use to portion kids’ food haven’t cut off fish heads and such like. Maybe that’s just me.
Either way, I’m sold. Victory for the folks at Tiny Shears. Another skeptic turned!