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Suspicious smelling spatula

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crowbar Mar 17, 2008 05:37 AM

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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    link_930 Mar 19, 2008 01:24 PM

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

    1. Chuckles the Clone Mar 20, 2008 10:19 AM

      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.

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        mpalmer6c Mar 20, 2008 07:31 PM

        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.

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