Now that we’ve learned how to choose the right saute pan, let’s move on to the next tool that you will need in order to saute food—the spatula.
Using a good spatula as you saute food in your new an is important because you don’t wants to scratch your pan or shorten its lifespan.
Don’t settle for using the metal spatula that you’ve been using for the last thirty years or a metal spoon to stir your food. This will definitely damage the surface.
Not only does having a good spatula keep your new pan looking like new, it also makes it easier to turn your meat, as well as softer foods—such as egg, pancakes, or tender fish—smoothly without disrupting their shape.
Although it’s always a good idea to have several different types and sizes of spatulas on hand to handle various cooking jobs, right now we’re only talking about one method—sauteeing…so we’re only going to choose the right ones for this job.
There are several factors to consider as you shop for your new spatula. These include…
- Easy to use
- Easy to keep clean
- Heat resistance
- Long lasting
- Materials used
One-piece design…Choose one that is only one unit, that does not have both a handle and body because these always tend to…
- be difficult to clean
- breed bacteria
- detach from one another
- get food stuck at the joint
- Slotted…f the food you are cooking typically has a lot of grease, using a slotted spatula will allow the grease to pour off before you put it on the plate or serving platter
Handle…Three factors to look for as far as the handle are…
- Flexible…they should be flexible enough to help you scrape out your pans
- Heat-Resistant…will not turn hot when exposed to hot materials
- Sturdy…they should be sturdy enough to handle meat
Hanging loop…Look for a hole at the end of the spatula that will allow you to hang it as you finish organizing your kitchen, should you choose not to stash it in a drawer or cram it into some sort of jar with every other utensil in your kitchen.
Materials…As far as materials, there are at least three different choices, including…
Plastic...Don’t even bother getting one of these to saute your food. They tend to curl at the ends and melt easily when used on heated pans and cookware, are very flimsy, and cannot handle much if any weight.
- Durability…extremely durable…will not melt or become misshapen…made to last decades…will look the same year after year unless they are purposely destroyed…won’t flake, peel, break, crack or even fade
- Easy to Clean…can be washed in the dishwashee
- Health Factor…bacteria resistant
- Heat Resistant…able to withstand high heat…handles are cool to the touch so there is no fear of the user getting burned, even if it is left on the stovetop or somewhere else that is hot
- Use…great for using on any kind of cookware, designed to handle high heat such as when stirring hot sauces on the stove
- Easy to Clean…not dishwasher safe …also require conditioning from time to time so that they will not wear out.
- Heat Resistance…poor conductora of heat…so you can comfortably hold it without getting burned
- Use…great for scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan…can also be good for stirring….not very efficient for scraping since they do not have any flexibility