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Spatula

A spatula is "a small implement with a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift material"[1] including foods, drugs, plaster and paints. It derives from the Latin word for a flat piece of wood or splint (a diminutive form of the Latin spatha, meaning broadsword), and hence can also refer to a tongue depressor. The words spade (digging tool) and spathe are similarly derived. The word spatula is known to have been used in English since 1525.[2]

Contents

  • Design 1
  • In the kitchen 2
    • American English usage 2.1
    • British English usage 2.2
  • Laboratory use 3
  • Related utensils 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Design

Spatulas are usually used to level out a dry measuring cup. It is a tool with 2 flat edges on a flexible blade. A spatula is usually short and about 8 inches long. A spatula also refers to a turner which is used to flip over pancakes and meat patties.

In the kitchen

American English usage

Examples of scrapers. In American English, the rubber scraper (left) is often called a spatula by some because it is a flat utensil used for scraping or spreading.

In kitchen utensils, a spatula is any utensil fitting the above description. One variety is used to lift and flip food items during cooking, such as pancakes and fillets. These are usually made of plastic, with a wooden or plastic handle to insulate them from heat.

A frosting spatula is also known as palette knife and is usually made of metal or plastic.

Bowl and plate scrapers are sometimes called spatulas.[3][4]

British English usage

In British English a spatula is similar in shape to a palette knife without holes in a flexible and or detachable blade. A wide-bladed utensil with long holes in a solid blade used for turning food is a fish slice.

Laboratory use

A stainless laboratory spatula
This is one of many uses of stainless steel spatula, it can be used to aid the removal of filter paper from vacuum filtration.

In laboratories, spatulas and microspatulas are small stainless steel utensils, used for scraping, transferring, or applying powders and paste like chemicals or treatments.[5] Many spatula brands are also resistant to acids, bases, heat, and solvents, which make them ideal for use with a wide range of compound. [6] A common type would be stainless steel spatulas, which are widely used because they are sturdy and affordable. They are resistant to deterioration from contact with boiling water, acids, bases, and most solvents. Some of them come with Polyvinyl chloride plastic handle or riveted hardwood for better handling. Polystyrene spatulas are made for researchers because they are disposable, preventing any potential contaminations which occurs often with reusable spatulas. They are also ideal for handling lyophilized products or performing lyophilization.

Related utensils

References

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
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