If you are passion about baking, whether that’s cookies, cupcakes, cakes, or pastries, then you know that having a great spatula is key to mixing and folding ingredients. A proper spatula is not only great for baking, but it’s also helpful when it comes to cooking in a cast iron skillet or roasting on the barbecue. A spatula is an amazing kitchen tool because it versatile and durable. The best spatulas are ones that work for your specific goal. Each one will vary based on your unique needs, whether you are grilling a steak or removing cookies from a baking pan. It’s easy to find spatulas made with many different materials, as well as shapes, sizes, and design. A well-equipped kitchen will has a spatula sitting next to the stove and next on your kitchen patio.
Before choosing the right shape and design, material is a huge component of choosing the right spatula. Spatula handles are generally made from wood, nylon, and metal. Wood is nice to hold in your hand it is easy to rinse off in the sink. A wood handle is great if you need to get extra leverage on tough dough or batter. If you are looking for a lightweight and non-stick handle, then a nylon handle is the perfect choice. You won’t have to clunk heavy metal or wood around the kitchen and it’s easy to maneuver through a bowl of dough. Metal handles are great for tough jobs, like flipping a burger or steak on the grill. Nylon and metal can be easily placed in the dishwasher, where it’s better to run wood through the sink to prevent it from drying and cracking.
Aside from material, you’ll also find spatulas in many different shapes and sizes. The two traditional shapes for spatulas are flat or tear shaped. Flat spatulas are not great mixing batter because it can’t get into the tough-to-reach spots that typically line a mixing bowl. This type of spatula is best to use out on the grill or barbecue where you need a large flat surface so that you can make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Tear-shaped spatulas are best to use when baking because it makes it easy to scrape down the sides of a bowl and fold ingredients. There are smaller spatulas that you can also use to scoop and frost different layers of cake.
Each spatula is specifically designed for a unique purpose. Aside from the shape of the spatula, the thickness of the end is also important to consider when working in the kitchen. For example, most barbecue spatulas have a thick end, which makes it great to pick up heavy steak or burgers. These spatulas are not helpful when it comes to moving more delicate foods like pancakes. Thin and flexible spatulas are great to use when you are cooking pancakes because they can scoop up the batter without damaging the sides. Thin spatulas are great when you are working with more delicate items and are helpful to have next to you in the kitchen within arm’s reach.
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Stainless steel cooking utensils
are the least likely to allow
bacteria to thrive, and very easy
to clean. The downside of
stainless steel cooking utensils
is that they can scratch nonstick
or cast iron pots; even when very
careful, you risk damaging the
cooking surface when using
stainless steel on nonstick or
cast iron surfaces.
Silicone is a type of plastic and
very similar to the material,
Nylon. However, Silicone has
greater heat resistance than
Nylon but less rigidity in
structure. Silicone is great for
scrapers, spatula-spoons and
other things that are fairly
thick, but a thin silicone
utensil can feel very unstable,
and will wear easily.
Wood is a popular choice for
utensils, such as spoons and
spatulas. Advantages to wood
utensils is that wood won’t
scratch even the most delicate
cooking surfaces, as well as wood
is a poor conductor of heat and
is therefore easily handled when
cooking, or heating food. If you
purchasing wood utensils, make
sure to buy ones that are treated
to inhibit bacteria growth, as
wood can be a favorable
environment for bacteria growth.
Nylon is a type of plastic, and
most similar to the material,
Silicone. Nylon will melt around
400 degrees Fahrenheit (varying
some extent brand-to-brand),
although most residential uses of
this wouldn’t allow surfaces or
foods to rise to that
temperature. Nylon is a great
option when buying turners, as it
can be thinner allowing for an
easier turn, or flip, and still
Bamboo is lighter than oak but
harder than maple; this makes
bamboo cooking utensils
lightweight and manageable, and
provides them with tremendous
longevity when treated properly.
Bamboo doesn't break easily, it
won't hurt your non-stick pots
and pans, and it won't absorb
odors like some other utensil
Plastic utensils are made to
avoid scratching the surfaces of
nonstick or cast iron pots, and
tends to be easy to clean.
Plastic cooking utensils,
however, are not as resistant to
heat as wood or metal, and may
actually melt if left in a hot
Rubber utensils are great for
scraping ingredients from the
surface of mixing containers and
for some lighter duty mixing
jobs. Rubber is also non-stick
and won’t ruin your coated
cookware when scrapped.
Porcelain or ceramic utensils are
easily cleaned and poor
conductors of heat so you don’t
have to worry about burning your
hands when using them.
Disadvantages to porcelain are
that it tends to chip easily if
dropped or banged against