It may seem a little over enthusiastic to write a review about a silicone spatula, but a good spatula is something I think is essential in cake making and a necessary tool for the kitchen. Kitchen & Cook Shop’s Paul managed to melt my previous plastic spatula whilst making a batch of chilli oil – I guess it was hot oil in both senses of the word – and I really missed that particular tool and the temporary replacement he bought for the kitchen just wasn’t up to the task.
In my experience a good spatula is slim and bendy with no bulges or other design features that hamper its use. For example, some spatulas have a lump in the scraping part of the spatula where the handle joins the flat spatula part. This lump means that you cannot easily scrape all the cake mixture of the spatula without leaving some residue you can’t get to around the lump. This I find particularly annoying. It also means that you cannot use the spatula to slide underneath a cooling cookie to remove it from greaseproof paper as there is not enough of the flat part and again the ‘lump’ gets in the way causing the cookie to break up.
For me, the Kitchen Craft Colourworks Purple Silicone Spatula is the perfect design. It is formed in one piece so it is smooth all the way from the handle to the tip of the spatula, allowing it to be used for many different purposes. It has a very handy length of 28cm and now comes in 9 different colours! It is also silicone, so Paul can’t melt this one, unless his chillies are so hot they can melt anything!
Reviewers on Amazon UK agree that this a very useful spatula, well designed and also comes in a wide range of colours. They say that once you have used a silicone spatula you won’t want to go back to using a plastic one.
The Kitchen Craft Colourworks Silicone Spatula (£6.95) is the perfect tool for me and I would be lost without it.