What is a Narrow Spatula?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Ideal for lifting or moving small amounts of food in a small space, the narrow spatula is a kitchen utensil that can be used in a variety of ways. Generally no wider than two inches, there are several different types of these utensils available on the market today. Each variation is designed with a specific application in mind.

Some narrow spatulas have specialized uses.
Some narrow spatulas have specialized uses.

In construction, the narrow spatula usually is equipped with a thin but sturdy metal blade, combined with a simple wooden handle. Some forms of the narrow spatula feature a perfectly flat blade, while others are manufactured with an angled blade. A small scoop may be included at one end of the device, making it possible to use the spatula to remove sauces or condiments from containers with a narrow neck.

Generally no wider than two inches, narrow spatulas are used to lift or move small amounts of food in a small space.
Generally no wider than two inches, narrow spatulas are used to lift or move small amounts of food in a small space.

One of the more popular forms of the narrow spatula are those that are designed for use in the preparation of baked goods, such as cakes. A narrow baking spatula works very well for clearing batter from the sides of a bowl, as well as helping to gently free a corner of a cake layer that has stuck to the pan during baking. When it comes to frosting the cake layers, this form of narrow spatula is just the right size to allow for the even spread of the frosting compound, as well as the application of other toppings in precise positions.

Kitchen supply stores often carry a variety of narrow spatulas.
Kitchen supply stores often carry a variety of narrow spatulas.

The narrow lifting spatula is an excellent choice for gently turning fish or chicken fillets on a grill. Spatulas of this type are also excellent for retrieving thin cuts of meat from sauces, as well as lifting cannolis from the serving dish to the dinner plate. Small lifting spatulas are available in designs that feature a blade that is non more than a quarter of an inch in width, which make them ideal for retrieving small amounts of chunky sauces and condiments from the corners of casserole dishes or from bottles.

All forms of the narrow spatula are available in designs and models that range from the inexpensive and basic all the way through to more elaborate designs that carry a larger price tag. Many discount retail stores carry a range of these spatulas in the kitchen section. Supermarkets are also another excellent source for the basic narrow spatula. For more elegant models that can double as serving utensils, kitchen shops offer versions in many different colors and with different blade lengths and widths.

Spatulas are often used in adding frosting to cakes.
Spatulas are often used in adding frosting to cakes.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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