A silicone spatula is one of the most versatile pieces of kitchen equipment you can purchase. From scrambling eggs to scraping out the last bits of cake batter from the bowl, those things get used, and you want to make sure you get a good one.
Photo by Cook's Illustrated.
Cook's Illustrated isolated the key things to look for when choosing this handy scraper/stirrer/spreader:
- The Size is Right: Too small of a head will have you stirring for what seems like ages, but get one that's too big and you won't be able to scrape things out of smaller spaces like food processor bowls or measuring cups. For maximum versatility, aim for one that's around 5cm in width.
- Don't Be Too Flexible: Flexibility is a good thing, but if a spatula bends into an "ineffective L shape" when only a little bit of force applied, it's going to make your life very frustrating. Give any potential purchases a press or two to see how they bend under pressure.
- It Should Come in One Piece: A spatula that comes in one, solid piece means the head won't break or fall off, and a silicone body is not only easy to grip (and dishwasher safe), but won't melt if it comes in contact with a hot pan.
Once armed with the perfect spatula, you're ready to stir, scrape, fold and spread with wild abandon.
The Best Silicone Spatula [Cook's Illustrated]