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HollingV Oct 20, 2011 12:56 PM

I've been looking for a short flexible steel spatula for using with scrambled eggs on a carbon steel pan. The only flexible ones out there, except one, are too long and seem to be designed for turning fish. I seem to remember, as a kid, small steel spatulas that were pretty springy.

Here's one I found that seems ideal, however I'm in the States:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/pa...

Well, for anyone else who badly wants this type of spatula (probably no one), you could also do what I did. I bought an easy-to-find Oxo small flexible silicone turner and removed the silicone overmold. This is not a trivial task since the silicone is heat resistant up to 600F, plus there aren't any normal solvents that can remove it. Possibly the acid that's inside those "alien" creatures would work though, if you can find it. I resorted to a single edged razor blade and spent over an hour. If you do this, I'd suggest having the Polysporin ready and a band aid already out of the wrapper. Don't say I didn't warn you to be careful. :

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Here's an original "turner", and the one I modified:

 
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  1. arashall RE: HollingV Oct 20, 2011 01:11 PM

    Maybe you just need to look at cheaper places? I'm pretty sure Grandma had a flimsy, small stainless spatula. She probably got it someplace like the dollar store.

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      HollingV RE: arashall Oct 20, 2011 02:30 PM

      I'll bet your Grandma had one of the ones I remember as a kid. I'll check out of curiosity, but I doubt even the dollar store has one. Every one I've seen in a store looks capable of hacking through a cinder block.

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        Mother of four RE: arashall Oct 20, 2011 05:13 PM

        I'm probably the Grandma!! I have one of those, have had it for years, didn't realize they don't make them any more.

      2. Chemicalkinetics RE: HollingV Oct 20, 2011 02:53 PM

        But they do sell those without the silicone coat, like this one:
        http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-...

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          HollingV RE: Chemicalkinetics Oct 20, 2011 05:53 PM

          Argghhhhh!!!!!!

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          sueatmo RE: HollingV Oct 20, 2011 03:09 PM

          I am mystified why you removed the silicone. What was it harming? And Lee Valley gives a N.Y. address on its website.

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            HollingV RE: sueatmo Oct 20, 2011 06:00 PM

            Because the carbon steel pan isn't (at least yet) as slippery as teflon, my silicone spatula doesn't have enough scraping power to separate the adhered egg from the pan during cooking, flipping.

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              sueatmo RE: HollingV Oct 21, 2011 12:57 PM

              Ah! Sounds frustrating. I'm glad you got what you needed, however you got it!

          2. Politeness RE: HollingV Oct 20, 2011 05:03 PM

            HollingV: "I've been looking for a short flexible steel spatula for using with scrambled eggs on a carbon steel pan. The only flexible ones out there, except one, are too long and seem to be designed for turning fish. I seem to remember, as a kid, small steel spatulas that were pretty springy."

            You did not look very hard, apparently. There are many small flexible stainless steel spatulas* out there, several in the Norpro line alone. *(There are some regional differences in terminology, in that people on some regions call what you are looking for a "turner" and reserve the term "spatula" for the squeegee things that one uses to scrape the sides of a bowl.)

            As CK points out, Oxo Good Grips -- the same brand that made the silicone-coated turner that you eviscerated -- markets a non-silicone-coated spatula for scrambled eggs and the like, which is called a "Stainless Flexible Turner #2859" on this website: http://fantes.com/turners.html where it sells for half the price of the same item in CK's link.

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              HollingV RE: Politeness Oct 20, 2011 06:33 PM

              I just went through the Norpro website looking at both spatulas and turners and didn't see any that were described as steel, short and flexible. After searching Google again, it looks to me that the only spatula/turner that fits that description is the Oxo, other than the Lee Valley that I had already found. So yes, I did miss one spatula out of all of them in the marketplace. Feel free to inform me of the many that I missed in my lackadaisical search.

            2. tanuki soup RE: HollingV Oct 21, 2011 07:20 AM

              Well, even though you've already solved your problem with a bit of elbow grease, another good search term when shopping for these things is "lasagna server". Thanks for the fun post!

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