Hey did you catch my Facebook live where I showed you all of my favorites and how to use them? This post is an extension of that, plus I walk you through making a perfect cheese fried egg using one of my favorite spatulas. Nothing sticks to the pan. Seriously. Go watch and come back. I’ll be right here.
Let’s talk about furnishing a kitchen. Having tools that work well help you do your best work without working harder.
You’ve been in kitchens that have cruddy tools, right? Maybe it was a rental home, a church kitchen, or your college apartment with half-melted plastic spatulas in the drawer that don’t do diddly. Scraping cookies stuck to the baking sheet, lifting a fried egg, or cleanly removing a slice of lasagna from the pan is nearly impossible with the wrong utensils. Maybe you have them in your kitchen? Yikes! What’s the purpose of making food that looks enticing, only to watch it smush or crumble to a plop when you try to move it? Especially when you’ve cooked good ingredients and those sample bites were delicious. And then it looks like someone stepped on it when you go to serve your masterpiece. Just stop. Don’t put up with bad kitchen utensils anymore.
Maybe you’re afraid that a trip to Crate and Barrel, Sur la Table, or Williams-Sonoma to replace your wonky tools with the good, shiny equipment there will be the food budget for the month. It could, but it shouldn’t be. Let me show you my favorite hard-working, long-lasting tools and where to find them for a lot less.
Today I’m going to share some of my favorite kitchen spatulas, turners, and scrapers. I know the terms for these get jumbled and exchanged, but whatever you call them, they’re the workhorses of the kitchen. Plus, you don’t need to spend more than you’d spend on a smoothie for each one of these fantastic tools. And each of these will last a long, long time. Especially if you go for the wooden handles and remember to oil them occasionally. Plastic melts so easily that I avoid it. So skip target, the mall, and go straight to where the professionals shop: restaurant supply stores. That’s where the equipment is built for durability. And the prices are crazy cheap. Worried the selection there is overwhelming? It can be, but ask for help or follow my links to shop online. I’m glad to you your guide.
Below are links to some of the better online restaurant supply stores and Amazon, which isn’t as cheap, but super convenient.
The sturdy tapered edge cuts right under the food releasing and scraping whatever is stuck,
and you can use the tapered firm edge to easily cut through food as you cook and serve.
I fell in love with these in restaurant kitchens and I can’t use anything else. $3 at restaurant supply stores.
The holes in this spatula help it lift food lightly and easily.
The rounded edges help prevent tearing. Perfect for eggs, fish and even crepes. $3 at restaurant supply stores.
This was the one exception that I never saw in the restaurants I’ve worked in.
They tend to only have scrapers, turners, tongs, and wooden spoons for stove top work. But, I love this shape best for saute.
And it’s wood fiber that is completely dishwasher safe- it won’t dry and splinter like traditional wood spatulas and spoons. do.
This company also makes amazing cutting boards.
Finding a flexible wedge-shaped server with a cutting edge makes this the best tool to bend into
a pan or pie plate to cut and serve frittata, skillet cornbread, cake, and pie. Restaurant stores have fantastic non-flexible ones for $3.
I like the HIC brand of silicone scrapers better than most anything else I’ve tried.
Having one piece means nothing comes apart after the 100th trip through the dishwasher.
The silicone takes the high heat and is my favorite thing for scrambled eggs. Restaurant supply stores sell them for $6,
but I happily pay a dollar more to get the colored ones I love from HIC at my hardware store.