Spatulas and Scrapers
One of the most common cooking tools, the spatula is a simple tool that is basically a flat, usually squarish piece of plastic or metal, on the end of a straight handle. It also goes by the various names of tosser, turner, and flipper and even fish slice. The spatula is basically used for flipping food like burgers, usually in a frying pan. Some blades have slots or holes in them to facilitate draining food, and others are solid. Another variation of spatulas do not have such pronounced ends, and are made of a more pliable material, useful for stirring, mixing, and scraping bowls of cake batter. Kitchen spatulas normally have a handle with a length adequate to keep the cook's hands out of harms way. The handle should be rigid enough to be able to control the food being handled. Conversely, the spatula blade needs to be flexible and thin enough to safely and effectively get under and turn food items. A considerable amount of spatula styles have blades that are longer on one side to aid in maneuvering food.
A dough scraper is a useful tool for both for professional bakers and home cooks. It is usually a long, rectangular metal piece, topped with a wooden or plastic handle. It can be alternately called a dough cutter, bench knife, bench scraper, pastry scraper, or a dough knife. The dough scraper has numerous applications in baking. While you are kneading dough on an open surface, you may use the dough scraper to combine bits of the flour that are falling to the sides. You can also push away any dough that has dried that you don't want combined with the rest of your dough. Another practical application of the dough scraper is its ability to evenly divide dough. No matter what style scraper or spatula you are looking for, at Foodservice Superstore we have a great selection from top name brands at low wholesale prices.