Cooking Utensils – Spatula, Scrapers & Strainers

rubber_spatulaRubber Spatula

A silicone spatula can go from folding ingredients in a bowl, to scraping down the sides of a hot saute pan.

The blade should be stiff and thick enough to be able to press the dough together, but still flexible enough to scrape down the sides of a bowl with ease. With the inner core of the spatula extending almost to the top of the scraper.

It should also be wide enough to be efficient at folding ingredients together.

What to look for in a rubber spatula

  • 11″ is a great all-purpose size for mixing and folding
  • 8″ (mini) is perfect for small tasks like cleaning out jars, or for use in small bowls
  • Silicone coating heat resistant up to 550°F
  • Those with a fiberglass core have better heat resistance than metal cores, and won’t get too hot to the touch
  • Seamless design is more hygienic and easy to clean than those with crevices/ removable handles
  • Inner core of the spatula extends almost to the top of the scraper
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA, BPS, and phthalate free

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Offset Spatula

Sometimes called a frosting spatula, these thin, narrow palette knives have an offset blade which allows for handling delicate tasks without getting your hand in the way.

They are able to spread batters and icing easily into the corners of a pan, and with their smooth thin surface can make fanciful swirls and patterns when frosting cakes.

What to look for in an offset spatula

  • The sharper the angle of the offset, the easier it is to use and provides enough clearance so your knuckles doesn’t touch the surface of what you’re working on.
  • Those with a shiny mirror finish and a thin blade are able to slide effortlessly under warm, delicate cookies better.
  • Two sizes offer the best range of use – mini size for frosting cupcakes or spreading condiments, and a 9″ (or greater) for frosting cakes.

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benchscaperBench Scraper

A bench scraper can be used for dividing up and cutting dough, picking up cookie dough cut-outs and transferring to a pan, or simply cleaning up your counter top.

Using it to clean my work surface is almost exclusively what I use this tool for.

Its thin flexible blade makes it great at scraping off dried up flour bits, or cleaning the counter of things like grated cheese which can just smear when trying to use a cloth.

What to look for in a bench scraper

  • 18 gauge heavy-duty 18/8 stainless steel, will not rust or bend
  • Seamless one-piece design, easier to keep clean and is dishwasher safe
  • Rolled edge for comfort

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handmeshstrainerLarge Mesh Strainers

These large basket strainers, with long handles are great for a number of uses in the kitchen.

  • fine mesh are great for cleaning debris from a deep fryer, skim the fatty oil or foam off the tops of stocks and broths
  • large mesh (or spider) strainers are perfect for removing large items from a deep fryer
  • scooping out pasta from boiling water

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