Flexible turners

phatch

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So I see these large floppy turners/spatulas in the kitchen aisles and specialty stores and I just can't figure out what purpose they're supposed to serve that a stiff turner doesn't do just as well.

Any one have enlightenment for me?
 
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Phil,

Do you mean the slotted, "fish turners?"

If so, three main purposes.

They're very thin, which can be very helpful especially if you don't know to cook things so they release or how to use a spatula.

The slots prevent air pockets, so food doesn't stick and slides off. That's hardly ever a problem for me, usually the opposite. That is, lose your focus for even a second and stuff wanders off the spatula.

Enough cynicism. They actually are gentle, and extra good for delicate, crisp (but not Crips') fish skin and fragile crusts and breadings. Probably a necessity these days in a professional, high-end kitchen -- especially for those who cook fish. Worth fooling around with, but the quality brands get dear. Dexter makes very good ones at a semi-reasonable price. Some are cut with a (usually right) "handed" bias, you want to watch for that if you're buying.

BDL
 

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Yes, they claim they're for delicate foods. But I don't see it. They droop when you lift and jump when you try to slide it under things. Both recipes for breaking apart a fish.

Big turners for dealing with fish I can understand. And own.

Oh, I agree on thin, but I prefer rigid and thin.
 
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You said...

"...extra good for delicate, crisp (but not Crips')"

Is that a Southern California "in" joke?

Mike
 
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For Sunday brunch, we "poach" our eggs in the steamer in hotel pans.
The flexible turner is ideal for picking these eggs up.
 
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I do it this way and while doing got a brainstorm, I break all my eggs into steamer hard cook them cool them .then use in chopped liver and egg salad. No labor peeling try it.
 
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Good idea Ed.
We steam our "hardboiled" eggs,but in shell.

I've also steamed the "poached" eggs in sprayed muffin tins.
Works great but looks a little too "manufactured".
Great for egg muffin sandwiches though.
 
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I love the thin, stiff fish spatula's. I can't imagine a floppy one being useful at all.
 
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