OK, let's face it. When it comes to plain, basic tools like spatulas and spoons, there's not a lot of room for improvement. You can't pry our rubber spatulas or wooden spoons away from us; we tend to get irritated with novel and "innovative" designs. The classics work, which is why they're, well...classic.
But we have to make an exception for this new spatula from Chef'n. It may improve on a classic, if that's possible! Here's why. We bought this spatula on a tip from an acquaintance. We were initially intrigued by its dual design. Both ends function as a spatula; one wider end is better for normal bowl-scraping while the other end is really excellent for swiping the last bits out of the peanut butter jar or getting the bottom scrapings of sauce out of the blender. We love multipurpose design - so great in small kitchens. Of course, it's rather messy to have both ends in use at the same time; we only use one end for any given kitchen job!
Well, not only does this spatula work very well in two capacities, but it also just works. It seems to wipe out bowls of cake batter and pots of soup better than any other spatula we own.
Its one downfall is that it isn't always great for really thick or heavy doughs. It can handle normal cookie dough just fine, but the silicone blade often folds up on anything thicker.
Do you have one of these spatulas? What do you think?
• Chef'n Switchit Dual Ended Long Spatula, $10.99 at Amazon.com
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