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Jan 20, 2014 05:18 PM

I need a knife!

I'm surprised this discussion hasn't been "had" already, but I'm looking for a plastic/nylon/etc. knife that I can use with nonstick cookware. Right now, every time I need to cut things in my nonstick pans, I use a plastic disposable knife. Sometimes I dishwasher them afterwards and sometimes I just toss them.

I just used my last plastic one, and before I contribute more to the landfills, I'd like to see if there is a more reusable option.

I saw a couple on amazon, but I don't know which would be good.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Why are you cutting things in your non stick pan? No matter what you use you'll ruin the Teflon coating eventually.....

    13 Replies
    1. re: petek

      It's mainly in a 9x13 gold nonstick pan. When I make a coffeecake or crumb cake in there, I need a way to cut the pieces and get them out! When I do brownies and such, I like with foil to lift them out, but there are times when I just need to cut in the pain.

      1. re: jbsiegel

        Ah I see. How about using a rubber/plastic spatula or something not as sharp and hard as a knife?

        1. re: petek

          That would probably be OK, but in my head, I'm convinced I need a knife! I think that serrated edge (think it should be serrated) helps to cut rather than "smush" the food..

          1. re: jbsiegel

            That's true you definitely won't get as clean a cut from a spatula but I still think a sharp knife made of anything will ruin you pan. But if you're OK with that then any knife will do I guess...

        2. re: jbsiegel

          Instead of looking frantically for a knife, why not get a new pan, one that's not non-stick? 9x13 and other dimensions of rectangular pan are readily available without non-stick coatings, are cheap, you don't ever have to worry about using a knife on these again, and they generally perform better than a nonstick one anyway.

          Being honest I see very, very few reasons, if any, *ever* to buy a non-stick pot or pan for any use. You just lose versatility and the ability not to have to use special equipment with them, for no gain in performance. One of the biggest examples of the wool being pulled over consumers' eyes.

          1. re: AlexRast

            I don't see that the OP is "frantic," and it may be that she/he likes this nonstick pan. No one needs to feel there is anything wrong with using and liking nonstick, and to assume that they do so because they have had "wool pulled over (their) eyes" is patronizing.

            1. re: AlexRast

              Sometime it is easier to use nonstick bake pans. Sometime you can get by using aluminum pans.

              From a money point of view, it seems cheaper to replace one plastic knife ($3-10) instead of replacing a bunch of nonstick baking pans (total in $30-100).

              < I see very, very few reasons, if any, *ever* to buy a non-stick pot or pan for any use.>

              Maybe the original poster can take that into consideration during his/her next purchase. For now, it would be easier to get a plastic knife.

              The truth is that even if the original poster bought an aluminum baking pan, he/she should get a plastic knife anyway. Steel knives are still to hard and sharp for aluminum bake pans.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                OP here...

                Yep - I do love my nonstick 9x13 pan. It's one of those great Goldtouch ones that are heavy duty, hardly require any greasing, clean up great, etc.

                1. re: jbsiegel

                  By the way, for some of the tasks, you may still find the disposable plastic knives very useable. While the larger salad knives will be steadier, I find the smaller disposable plastic knives better at cutting around the corners and also for delicate cutting. For example, if you want to cut out 1.5 inch X 1.5 inch of lemon bars from a jelly roll pan, the thinner disposable knife will likely work much better than the large thicker blade salad knives.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Good point! I wish my grocery store would sell a box of just knives. They sell spoons alone and forks alone, but not knives. I don't need the spoons and forks - have way too many of those already.

                    1. re: jbsiegel

                      :) Same here, although I tend to run out the spoons first. Good luck. I am sure you will find somewhere which only sells the plastic knives.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Worst case, I can go to Party City and pick a great color!!

                        1. re: jbsiegel

                          I almost forgot. My favor cutting tool for delicate baked goods (like cutting lemon bars) is a thin blade spatula. It is about the same size as a disposable knife, but the blade is sharper and thinner, which makes it nicer to cut delicate baked goods with minimal "smashing".

                          Here, I have included two photos. The second photo illustrate this small spatula is thinner.

          1. < I use a plastic disposable knife. Sometimes I dishwasher them afterwards and sometimes I just toss them.>

            Maybe you just need to buy a more expensive plastic knife. This way, you won't toss it away. I agree with Eiron and petek.


              1. Thanks for your help! I think I'm going with the OXO lettuce knife or the Zyliss dessert knife.

                Much better than continually throwing away disposable plastic knives!