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Suspicious smelling spatula

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I recently replaced my defunct spatula (the bowl-scraping kind, not the pancake-flipping kind). I got the new one at the grocery store... it's not a special purchase, right? Got the wooden handled, rubber topped (not plastic) version that's always worked for me in the past.
The problem is that this new one gives off a strong chemical smell which gets worse when I use it with warm ingredients. If I taste the food that's on the rubber portion, it has that same chemical taste.
I know I'll have to throw the thing out... but in all my spatula-purchasing years, I've never come across this problem.
Any ideas on what's going on?

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  1. No idea, but that's also the reason why I stick to silicone spatulas.

    1. Plasticizers outgassing from cheap rubber. It will eventually stop but at that point the rubber will probably get hard. You could let it sit in the sun for a week or three and see if the situation improves.

      1. I've only bought one spatula at a market. It actually gradually dissolved in water. Buy a heat resistant spatula. It will last a long time and the cost pear year is tiny. Actually, I've had mine for several years and they look like new.