When I first moved into my own apartment, I had the bare minimum of kitchen gadgets and tools. I knew little about what tool was best for the right jobs and always used what I had on hand. It seemed to do the trick.
It wasn't until I was engaged and signed up for our wedding registry that my eyes were opened to the world of all things kitchen related. I remember being obsessed with rubber spatulas - the cute and often colorful tools used to mix, scrape and scramble. I still have a soft spot in my heart for them today. In fact, I have rubber spatulas for each holiday. You can find them at your local discount store in holiday coordinating colors.
But there was more to the world of spatulas than just the rubber versions. There was also metal and plastic spatulas that were used when cooking on the stove top to flip meats, eggs or even pancakes. They worked to break a part ground beef or turkey when frying in the pan. They were also a great method for turning veggies over while they were sautéing. I found these types to be great multi purpose tools. But the metal versions worked better for high heat tasks like when using a grill or a cast iron skillet. Plastic spatulas were better for more generic methods of every day cooking.
I now have a great collection of these as well - four plastic and two metal. And while you might think that this is a lot, I use them all regularly!
Moms, what is your favorite type of spatula and why?