This Spatula Is How I Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs Every Time
Not to mention, the most-perfect omelets!
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As a home cook it’s hard not to fall for all the talk out there about kitchen gadgets. It seems that every other day someone is swearing by a new toy to fix this or that and after a while it can get overwhelming. Over the years what I’ve found is that the most useful tools are often the most simple tools. As much as I’d like to raid Sur La Table and fill my cart with the newest contraptions, there’s no denying the fact that some kitchen tools are just time tested and restaurant approved. Take my rubber spatula for example.
I’ve been using this tool since my days working in restaurant kitchens. (Don’t get me wrong, just because a tool works well in a restaurant doesn’t mean it will work the same in a home kitchen, but this one certainly does.) It’s super durable, doesn’t bend and won’t snap. I hate using a flimsy spatula where the paddle slips right off the handle. (Yes, we've all been there.) It’s made for high heat so it won’t melt or breakdown over time. Need I say more?
Now you may be thinking to yourself, why does anyone even need a rubber spatula to begin with? Let me just say, oh boy.
If you’re not using one yet, you’re not cooking to your full potential. These things are super efficient when soft scrambling eggs. They’re the only way to properly fold melted butter and chives into mashed potatoes and they’re satisfyingly fantastic for scraping out the last bits of mac and cheese stuck in your Tupperware container.
More importantly, omelets! Have you ever made an oh-so-perfect omelet, filled with caramelized onions, shredded cheese, fresh herbs and more, but you couldn’t flip it over? Or get it out of the pan for that matter? Cue in the rubber spatula. Its high heat durability will stand up perfectly to your hot pan and won’t melt or stick. The tip is flexible enough to move but stout enough to scoop up foods without drooping and all the while the handle remains cool to the touch.
This simple tool is the perfect example of a time-tested, no-frills gadget that is useful in just about any kitchen. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed with a world full of kitchen products, just remind yourself: It doesn’t have to be fancy to be efficient, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to be the best.
Steve Jackson is a chef and recipe developer. He spent the first 10-plus years of his career working in fancy French restaurant kitchens. Since then, he's spent about a year doing private catering, then started freelancing at the Food Network working on catering, TV shoots and recipe testing. Steve has been working in the Food Network Test Kitchen for about six years where he started as a recipe developer, and has since moved up to Test Kitchen Director. Steve lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.