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Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

 

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Quick Tip - June 2003

"Spoonulas" Create a Stir!

Stir with it. Scrape with it. The spoonula is a spoon-shaped spatula that takes on many of the tasks of both a mixing spoon and a spatula.

Its head is made of silicon or rubber. Check for the degree of heat resistance. Most will resist heat of 400 degrees F or higher, making them suitable for stirring at the stove. When it comes to cleaning, for some, you can throw the whole spoonula in the dishwasher. For others with a wooden handle, you may need to remove the handle and wash just the head in the dishwasher.

If you want to experiment with trying this kitchen tool, start with a larger-sized one. In choosing a spatula, CooksIllustrated.com recommends the head be both firm and flexible. It should be strong enough to mix heavy batters yet flexible enough to conform to the contours of the mixing bowl. The handle should feel comfortable yet be sturdy enough so it doesn't bend when mixing.

Here are some of the things you can do with a heat-resistant spoon-shaped spatula:

  • Mix ingredients with fewer strokes using a large spoonula as its head is usually broader than the head of a regular mixing spoon.

  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl during mixing.

  • Stir foods at the stove.

  • Use them for stirring in nonstick pans as they won't scratch the pan.

  • Stir scrambled eggs at the stove.

 

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Alice C. Henneman, MS, RD
Extension Educator
University of Nebraska
Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

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