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Any baker or cook knows that no set of kitchen utensils is complete without a spatula. They are more ergonomic than a wooden spoon and extremely versatile, whether you are flipping burgers with a slotted spatula or using an icing spatula to smooth out buttercream on a cake. Read on more a breakdown and comparison of the different spatula types and to find out which is the best spatula for your needs.

What is the best spatula for non-stick pans?

Non-stick frying pans and saucepans have a special coating that can be damaged by rough or hard materials. Scrubbing your pot with steel wool or using a stainless steel spatula will scratch the non-stick coating away and make cooking a nightmare.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, only use gentle sponges and cloths to clean your pan and avoid using sharp kitchen tools. Opt for a wooden, rubber or silicone spatula to protect your non-stick cookware.

What is the best spatula?

Although there are many different types of spatula, all of the best spatulas have a few features in common:

  • A high-quality spatula should be heat resistant. Nylon spatulas are some of the cheapest, but may melt if left on the side of a hot frying pan.
  • Dishwasher safe spatulas are easy to clean. Wooden spatulas should ideally be hand washed to ensure a long lifespan.
  • Long handle spatulas will help prevent injuries and burns from spitting oil, hot steam or splashing water.
  • A spatula’s flat edge allows it to pick up food easily, without having to chase it around the pan. The flatter the spatula’s edge, the easier this is.

To choose the right spatula, consider what you will be using it for most. This will help you decide which material is the best choice.

Metal spatulas

These kitchen utensils are unbeatable in terms of durability. Stainless steel spatulas are low-maintenance, dishwasher safe and will not warp or burn if rested on the side of a hot pan. Slotted turners are perfect for barbecues and frying greasy food, and are often made of stainless steel to make washing up painless.

The downside to metal spatulas is that they are not suitable for non-stick pans and may conduct heat. Look for wood handles or spatulas that are certified as heatproof.

Wooden spatulas

Wooden spoons and spatulas are made from natural materials, making them kind to both the environment and non-stick coatings. They are perfect as pancake turners, omelette flippers and stirfry utensils.

Wooden kitchen tools don’t have to be stored in a drawer. High-quality cooking utensils look aesthetically pleasing when hung on a rack in a rustic or farmhouse kitchen.

Silicone spatulas

Popular because of its flexibility, silicone makes the best spatulas for baking. It is tough and heat resistant, and will gently bend to help you to scoop out every last bit of cake mix. Like palette knives, these kitchen spatulas are also ideal for smoothing out icing on a cake.

Are silicone spatulas safe for cooking?

Silicone kitchen utensils are made from the same natural materials as glass, i.e. silica sand. Silicone spatulas are safety tested and designed to withstand extremely high heat and last for a long time. However, they are not as durable as stainless steel spatulas and may discolour or develop tiny imperfections over time.

Where can I buy spatulas?

Find a range of spatulas and cooking spoons on Houzz UK. You can also find handy kitchen gadgets and tools to take your cooking and baking to the next level.
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