What Is the Best Material for Spatulas?
A spatula is one of the essential tools in cooking. We use it to flip, turn, and grind up the food around the pan. Many different materials are available for spatulas, so you’ll need to look carefully at which material is best for your needs.
In this article, we’ll look at the five most common spatulas, what pans they’re suitable for, and the proper way to care for them.
Top 5 Spatulas: Matching & Care
1. Iron spatula
Iron products can be used not only as a practical cooker but also as a traditional cooking tool. This type of spatula has a more rigid texture, which also means it is more resistant to high temperatures. It is suitable for frying and frying. Additionally, an iron spatula will release iron when it comes into contact with ingredients during cooking, which is good for the body.
Matching: Can be used for iron pots and pans; not recommended with an ordinary coating of stainless steel pots and pans
Care: The iron spatula is easier to rust if not used. You can occasionally wipe a little oil on the surface of the iron spatula to care. Still, if you often use it to fry, the probability of rust will be significantly reduced—no need to worry too much.
2. Stainless-steel spatula
Stainless steel is a solid material. With good toughness and hardness, it is resistant to corrosion. It is safer to use as it does not melt and burn like other metals during the heating process.
Matching: Can be used with traditional iron or stainless steel pans; not recommended for non-stick pans with general coating
- Refrain from immersing the stainless steel shovel in water for a long time. Otherwise, the corrosion resistance will be reduced;
- Wash spatulas before and after use to ensure they are clean and free of dirt and residue
3. Wooden spatula
Wooden spatulas are lighter and less prone to breakage. Most of them have no noticeable sharp edges and cause less damage to the pan. The food made with wooden spatulas will also be stained with a light wood aroma. When making sweet and fried food, it is also best to use a wooden spatula!
Matching: Basically, for all pots and pans.
Care: The downside of wooden spatulas is that they are relatively easy to mold. Therefore, wooden spatulas should be cleaned and kept dry in a cool, ventilated place. Note that they can not be exposed to the sun. Otherwise, it would be easy to discolor and deform.
4. Nylon spatula
Nylon is a common synthetic material often used to make various tools in life. For example, some kitchen utensils are made of nylon. Food-grade nylon material has excellent heat resistance and toughness, can withstand temperatures of 210 ℃, and can be bent with bare hands but not easily broken.
Matching: Basically all pots and pans are suitable.
Care: Do not use strong cleaning tools (such as wire brush, etc.) when cleaning.
5. Silicone spatula
Silicone is a non-toxic and non-hazardous material and, therefore, very safe to use. High-quality food-grade silicone spatula can also be used to make baby food supplements. And it also has good resistance to high temperatures, so even in a high-temperature environment, it will not cause harm to people. In addition, compared to hard spatulas, these soft spatulas can be properly bent to fit the bottom of the pot more closely. They also resist oil and water and are easier to clean.
Matching: Basically, for all pots and pans
- Pay attention to oil temperature when using to avoid deformation and damage (best to avoid using for high-temperature cooking food).
- When cleaning, do not use strong cleaning tools (such as wire brushes, etc.).
From the content above, it is known that all five types of spatulas enjoy their unique features. Among them, silicone spatula is not only suitable for almost all pots and pans but also has an excellent performance in security, durability, etc.
- Food-grade silicone does not contain any toxic chemicals, such as phthalates. Even when heated or melted, silicone spatula does not release any harmful chemicals, making it safer and harmless to humans.
- Silicone is resistant to high temperatures up to 250°C or more and does not change its chemical structure in a rigid environment.
- Silicone is chemically stable and will not react with food.
- Silicone has better corrosion resistance and can effectively prevent rust and corrosion.
- The softness of silicone is unmatched by stainless steel, avoiding damage to the pan.
In a nutshell, among an array of spatulas, silicone spatulas can be a good choice. Anyone interested in custom silicone products, such as silicone spatulas, please reach out to a professional manufacturer, XHF. We are committed to providing qualified products to our customers.