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Rubber spatulas: like or dislike?

Rubber spatulas

Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, and favorite cooking gear. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell.

Here's what I love about rubber spatulas: you can slip their heads off, pop them into the dishwasher or soak them in a bowl of hot hot hot water, and they get clean. Really clean, in a way that wooden spoons never do (and you know how much I love my wooden spoons). You can use rubber spatulas in high heat cooking, for mixing and folding, to get at sticky things like rice or molasses... so many uses, and rubber spatulas come in all sizes to accommodate. I have a small one, a very large one, a bunch of medium-sized ones, and my favorite, leopard spots with a silicone handle. (My husband Ted and I can tell you a true story about a dinner party hostess who once lost a corner of a rubber spatula in a batch of chocolate mousse -- and went ahead and served that mousse after warning us that someone might bite into a piece of rubber. I'm not kidding.) I use my rubber spatulas every day.

Rubber spatulas: like or dislike?

Last week: cashews. Seems I'm not the only person who picks the cashews out of the mixed nuts bowl and leaves the rest behind.

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Absolutely love them.

LOVE my rubber spatulas! How did our ancestors cook without them? LOL Like you, i have small ones, medium ones and large ones....they ALL get used regularly, but my new favorite one is the Zyliss silicone spatula hubster gave me for Valentine's Day (i'm not much of a flowers and chocolates kind of girl....i prefer things i can use rather than eat one time or watch wilt after a few days). I LOVE it and reach for it more than the others now....they're not cheap, but that's what gift-giving holidays and birthdays are for HAHA

I like them very much. I have a collection of Le Creuset spatula-spoons that I love cooking with, and the smaller ones are great for getting the last of gloppy things, like mayonnaise out of jars. Also, I have non-stick skillets so I need to use non-metal cooking implements in them.

I love my rubber spatula. It is one solid piece. Head and handle are not separate.

Love them! It would be rare that I ever cook anything without using one of these. I have more than 10, white, green, and orange ones but my current favorite is a new one that's thinner and longer than the norm.

In fact, if I had to pick my top ten kitchen items this would make the list for sure.

Hardly a day goes by that a rubber spatula is not in the dishwasher. I have all sizes and all mismatched.

I really like the ones I have. Simply because they can be taken apart and washed. Crate & Barrel carried whimsical ones which is the main reason why I bought them but they have turned out to be my go to spatula(s).

love 'em---
a staple in our kitchen---

Not big on rubber, but I do like silicone.

Are not the 2nd, 3rd & 4th one in your pic silicone?
I have a silicone one like the one on left & rarely use it--can't figure out why. Have silicone one that is same style as old rubber ones, which is my goto for frying pan stirring & most everythig else; I think the flexibility is useful--one on left is not so.Another one I have is too flexible & rarely used too.

Sometime, check out the Danish wire whisk--or is it called Danish dough whisk; a strange looking tool, but I have found it so useful, have given as gifts; marvellous for mixing damp ingredients into dry--done n a jif--in my limited experience so far. Having increasing less strength & ability with right hand, I have blessed it a few times; recipients like it, too.

I'm totally addicted to my Pampered Chef spatulas. Big "scoopy" one on down to the mini that fits into jars and cans. Wooden Spoons....I can not handle them at all. I can't get that "feel" through them when I am scrapping and stirring the bottom of pots. And can not bear to put a wet spoon up to my lips for tasting. I think I'm possible allergic haha!

Can't imagine my kitchen without them. Small, medium, large and one shaped a little more concave like a spoon.

I love them! I have about 15, in various sizes. A friend gave me a set of minis for my birthday a couple of years ago, and I quickly realized that I would never be able to live without them; I reach for them constantly.

Love them, use them all the time. I have many in differenty sizes and shapes. Especially like the ones from the Pampered Chef.

Acquired the most darling pale blue set of all sizes rubber spatulas when my honey and I set up our first kitchen together. We still have them and they are in use every single day.

Silicone can't hold a candle to rubber for pliability! Also, I have a set of TINY ones for getting the last bit from cans and jars. Glad to see rubber spatulas getting some public recognition.

The tiny ones are great, and the large scoopy one from Pampered Chef is too. Silicone is appreciated because you can't cook with the old rubber ones. I've used them for years and love them all.
Negatives: the rubber ones can disintegrate, both can get cut by the food processor or blender blade. For me, silicone is flexible and stays that way, but rubber becomes stiff over time. (Both may be because of varying quality, I'd guess.)

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