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Jun 5, 2012 11:41 AM

Spatula for a new cook

I just started having time to actually cook. I own 1 pans and 2 pots. I bought a spatula at Target. It's metal and plastic. I'm looking to invest in one that lasts a lifetime. Is this possible? Or are spatulas disposable? Looking for suggestions

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  1. A lifetime? Depends on how long you are planning to live.

    Years ago I used a metal spatula, but it's long gone. Now I am partial to silicone spatulas, because they are easier on my pans. I have two types: Pyrex and iSi Basics. I belive they will last the rest of my life with care.

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    1. re: GH1618

      Great I just looked them up on Amazon. Thank you!

    2. I also have a couple of wooden spatulas well over 30 years old. These serve as stirrers, really. A 30-year-old hardwood utensil looks vintage. A 30-year-old metal spatula from the crocery store cookware department looks like junk, even though still functional.

      1. I've been using the Williams-Sonoma silicone spatulas for years and I love them. I've had some of them for 10+ years and other than a slight change in the handle style they look just like my newer ones.


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          1. re: mkatieq

            The Le Crueset often have good deals on silicone spatulas. Occasionally, Amazon has a good deal on "quality" silicone spatulas too. Look for the ones with bamboo handles that let the silicone heads slip off for washing.

          2. Hi, potts:

            I've had good luck with wooden ones like this lasting and looking good for a long time, especially if you don't DW it every time. http://www.chefsarsenal.com/berard-ol... Silicone is good, too, excels at bowl-scraping. But over time they get kinda slimy and a little smelly.

            I think spatulas are a little like pairs of shoes. If you have several and rotate the use, they last indefinitely. If you use the same one every day for everything, not so much.


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            1. re: kaleokahu

              "I think spatulas are a little like pairs of shoes. If you have several and rotate the use, they last indefinitely." Noted. Does it matter what kind of wood they are made out of?

              1. re: potts

                Hi, potts:

                A little. Harder, tighter-grained wood resists splitting better. I've developed a liking for olivewood, because it's harder, a little oily, neutral tasting, and doesn't seem to absorb stains and odors quite like birch does. I like the high-contrast patterns in it, too. But birch is fine, and less expensive.


            2. <I'm looking to invest in one that lasts a lifetime. Is this possible? Or are spatulas disposable? Looking for suggestions>

              I agree with my friend GH1618. I think the best way to look for something which last a long time is to (a) it makes out one single piece (or few) instead of multiple component, and (b) metal usually last longer than plastic.

              By the way, are you looking for spatula for baking or are you looking for spatula for cooking? You can go for restaurant supply spatula. Those are built to last in a very rough environment and will last a long time in home kitchen. I am not recommend this specific one, but somethine like this:


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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Ya I wasn't thinking about baking. Thank you for bringing that up. I was just thinking about an all around good spatula as kind of a starter piece to my hopefully growing cooking utensils. Restaurant supply! Awesome idea.

                1. re: potts

                  I should be more clear. Not all restaurant spatula are build to last, but many are. Keep an eye out, and if you happen to have a restaurant supply store nearby, then go in have a look.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Anything restaurant supply will last a great deal of time in a home kitchen. Small things like spatulas and tongs won't last forever in a house kitchen, but will last much longer then in a restaurant. Nothing lasts forever in a restaurant with the possible exceptions of a hobart mixer, a vita prep blender and a robo coupe food processor. Possibly an Imperia pasta machine as well provided your staff aren't morons and don't wedge knives between the rollers after jamming a towel in between them.