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Spatulas and food turners are often considered synonymous with one another, when in fact there is a concise difference between the two. Spatulas are primarily made with silicone or rubber heads with a curved angle. This allows it to easily scrape, stir, or spread creams, glazes, custards and more from bowls and pots. Are rubber spatulas safe to use? They are specially tested for safety before mass production in any scenario and rubber itself does not present any health threats. Rubber spatulas are optimal to use for spreading creams on cakes or other pastries since they can be sensitive to heat (this is why they are also referred to as cake spatulas). Ensure your rubber spatula is heat-resistant before using it to stir a chocolate glaze over the stovetop. Are silicone spatulas safe to use? They have been tested to show no signs of toxicity in either warm or freezing temperatures, making them perfectly safe to use in the kitchen.
Kitchen food turners, on the other hand, are relatively more flat and thin to allow seamless gliding under food such as patties, pancakes, omelettes, and more to move them out from a hot pan. There main types of turners you must know about upon purchase are solid and slotted turners. The former is completely solid and flat while the latter has either slits or slots across the surface. This is done to allow grease and oil to easily slip through the openings when lifted which is useful for frying patties and fish. In instances where you’re making pancakes or hotcakes, you can easily opt for a solid turner since it doesn’t require any grease to be drained. Turners can be found either from steel or softer material such as silicone and it’s best that the material of the turner compliments the cookware you will be using it with. It’s recommended to pair silicone turners with non-stick cookware and leave the steel turners for cookware that isn’t as sensitive to scraping.