Soup, sauce, batter and the like are stirred and scooped with a ladle. It has a bowl-shaped metal blade on a straight long handle that often ends in a hook or eye. Sometimes the ladle has a wooden handle. The handle is long to reach the bottom of a deep pan. The size varies (approx. 8-16 cm diameter; approx. 25-63 cm long).
To be distinguished from the lead spoon. [MOT]