Plastic Bowl Scrapers: Good For More Than Scraping Bowls!

2008_07_31-PlasticBowlScraper.jpg>A plastic bowl scraper is one of those innocuous tools that seems like it would just collect dust in the back of a drawer.

And yet, we find ours useful for a whole slew of kitchen tasks far beyond scraping bowls...We use our scraper whenever we want a little more control than a regular spatula would give us.

Made of stiff plastic, these scrapers are still flexible enough to wedge under that first brownie out of the pan. The curved side can be used like a spatula to scrape the last bit of dough from a bowl, while flat edge can smooth the surface of cakes or brownies before baking.

We also like that we can use this tool to portion, scoop, and scrape food from pans and dishes without fear of scratching nonstick coating. The scraper makes a quick job of pushing purees through a tamis or strainer when we want a smoother consistency and the plastic won't tear the fine mesh.

These kinds of scrapers can also be found made of nylon or silicone and are readily available at most kitchen supply stores. Here are a few online sources:

• Plastic Bowl Scraper for $.80 at Amazon.com
• Ateco Bowl Scraper for $.99 at Cakes by Sam
• Chef Craft Plastic Dough Scraper for $.99 at Hardware and Tools
• Nylon Dough Scraper for $6.20 at AbleKitchen.com
• Silicone Dough Scraper for $7.95 at King Arthur Flour

How do you use your plastic scraper?

Related: Kitchen Tool: Simple Wooden Reamer

(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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