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What are the Benefits of a Silicone Spatula?

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A silicone spatula combines the flexibility of a traditional rubber spatula with the heat-resistant qualities of a metal kitchen utensil. Spatulas are especially useful for mixing wet and dry ingredients together, as well as scraping the sides of mixing bowls. Silicone is especially suited for these kitchen tasks because of its smooth edges and sturdiness.

One obvious benefit of using a silicone spatula is heat resistance. Although silicone may look like plastic or rubber, it has a very high melting point. Silicone spatulas can be used to stir extremely hot mixtures or remove food directly from roasting or frying pans. Accidental exposure to heat can permanently damage rubber or plastic kitchen utensils, but a silicone spatula head won't even become knicked or warped.

Another benefit of a silicone spatula is safety around other cookware. Unlike metal spatulas, silicone will not damage Teflon® or other non-stick coatings. A metal pot or pan could be ruined by a melting rubber or plastic spatula, but silicone will not scorch or melt at normal cooking temperatures. Silicone is also soft and pliable, which means it will maintain its original shape. Metal spatulas may warp or bend over time, which makes them less reliable when used in precision cooking.

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Silicone spatulas are often sold in various sizes, so cooks can select the utensil which best suits their immediate needs. Silicone spatulas are also dishwasher-safe and will not rust or discolor. Because it is naturally non-stick, silicone will not transfer any unpleasant tastes to the food it contacts. Occasionally the handles of other types of spatulas are not made from heat-resistant materials, so they could accidentally melt and contaminate food. Handles for most silicone kitchen utensils are made from Lexan® — a special plastic used for high temperature situations. Silicone spatulas will last for years without losing their original strength or shape.

Silicone spatulas have become a common kitchen utensil and are available at kitchen supply stores and via many online outlets.

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ZipLine
Post 6

What I like about silicone spatulas is that it lasts forever. It's so difficult to wear out. It also cools down very quickly. I've never burned myself using a silicone spatula.

serenesurface
Post 5

@simrin-- As far as I know, silicone doesn't have any health risks. It's used to make kitchenware and utensils because it doesn't have any reaction with food.

Frying oil is usually no more than 370 degrees Fahrenheit. The melting point of silicone is around 430 degrees Fahrenheit. So you can't reach the melting point of silicone without burning whatever it is your frying. It's safe to use a silicone spatula or spoon in hot oil.

SteamLouis
Post 4

@anon169751-- I'm wondering the same thing.

I have to use a silicone spatula with my Teflon cookware because stainless steel damages it. I've heard that damaged Teflon pans are cancerous and should not be used.

At the same time, I do wonder about using silicone spatulas in very hot food-- like when I'm making fritters. I feel like the spatula must release some kind of toxic material into the oil. It's true that silicone doesn't melt, but oil gets quite hot, so something must happen right?

anon321767
Post 3

I have a problem with the edges deteriorating, shedding little strands of silicone I guess. I have only had it for a few months. Is that safe to digest?

anon169751
Post 2

Thanks for explaining the benefits. Do you know if there are any health risks associated with silicone?

mentirosa
Post 1

I have a silicone spatula that works very well. The head of the spatula is thin enough and firm enough at the same time, to handle food easily while cooking. I like to use it when I make crepes because it slides easily under the crepe when it needs to be flipped over.

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