In Praise of the Spatula

In Praise of the Spatula

Some time ago I was visiting my brother who, like me, has some strong opinions about how things should be done in the kitchen. As I was scraping pie filling out of a bowl and into a pie plate with a wooden spoon, he pointedly remarked on how inefficiently I was carrying out the task at hand and shoved a rubber spatula my way.

A month or so after that incident, I still had not learned the lesson. This time, we were at our mother’s house, and once again I was pouring pie filling from a bowl into a pie plate, using a spoon to assist in the process. After emptying the bowl, my brother took a rubber spatula salvaged another 1/2 cup of filling from what I thought was a pretty clean bowl.

So what’s the point. I now use a rubber spatula for everything from mixing ingredients to folding-in ingredients to releasing a Bundt cake from the pan. The rubber spatula is an extremely simple but versatile tool that can bring simplicity and elegance to the most mundane and trivial of tasks. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking that high tech cooking gadgets and toys are essential to creating the masterpiece, when really, all we need is a good spatula.

2 Comments
  • Deloss Schertz
    Posted at 09:25h, 23 October Reply

    Take heed dear readers. Excellent advice.

  • Don Yost
    Posted at 09:09h, 23 October Reply

    Glad to see that you converted to spatula-ism after testimony and pressure from your (obviously) wiser brother. Personally, I love raw cookie dough (yes, despite the health risks) and started by using the spatula to “lick” the bowl clean. I find the spatula gives me both the satisfaction that I’m not washing perfectly good food down the drain and an extra spoonful or more of cake batter or pie filling to taste before baking.

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