“ Brand: Kenwood / Product Type: Spatula „
Kenwood Flexible Spatula
After my Nan saw this in the Lakeland catolouge (which I am sure she sits and studies!), she was convinced and told me she has ordered two, one for me and one for her. They arrived and I drove down to pick my newest kitchen gadget up! My nan hadn't really explained it to me much so I was pretty suprised when I saw what looked exactly like a normal spatular, just in white.
Like I said, it does look incredilbly similar to a normal spatular. The difference? This plastic is bendable and, like it hints in the name, flexible. This means when scraping out of bowls and so on it moves to get the mixture out. This is much, much better than the rigid plastic ones that miss half of it as they can't reach it. I think Kenwood have hit a gold mine here as it really is a great idea!
It looks like a normal spatula except for on one of the sides. Instead of curving round, the plastic continues on and then makes a sharp turn inwards (towards the handle of the spatula. Hard to explain, so look at the picture I will post to see what I mean. The part I am talking about I use to sweep around the cake mix bowl normally.
As Kenwood is a trusted brand (in my mind, maybe not everyone elses!) I was expecting a pretty good quality product. And I wasn't dissapointed! Although the plastic is flexible, it certainly isn't breakable! I expect this spatula will probably last for many more years to come (I have had mine for around three years now). Although, if you do want yours to last a long time, there is one rule you must follow - do NOT put it in the frying pan or the saucepan. As soon as it gets near anything hot it will simply melt. It may be pretty amazing, but after all, it is still just plastic! So do be careful if you buy it!
Once again, very simple as you clean it just like you would a normal spatula. Soaking it in warm water and wiping it with a cloth or the soft side of a scourer normally does the job for me. And that is even when there is dried on cake mix, though that doesn't happen often. Me and my daughter have an addiction to cake mix lol!
One thing I would say is be careful with children and the spatula. Izzy is 11 now and old enough to be sensible, but littler kids could cut themselves as it is quite sharp at the points. Also do not let them try and lick it as I wasn't watching Izzy, she did and ended up cutting her lip. Needless to say, that cake was ruined! Though we could have got away with a strawberry effect cake...
I have been using Kenwood's Flexible spatula for around 3 years now and I think it is really worth the money I spent on it. It kind of reminds me of a ruler in some ways as the way it bends is pretty similar! But overall, it is a great addition to any kitchen and I'm sure it will come in handy!
Would I recommend it? Yes! Go and order one ... NOW!
Thanks for reading! Please rate and leave a comment :) x
*Also posted on Ciao under the same name*
The Kenwood Flexible Spatula is something that I've owned for about 18 months. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but I can tell you that it can be bought from Lakeland for just £1.99. The price is a good price, especially for a well known quality brand like Kenwood.
This spatula is white with a plastic handle, and then off of the handle is the spatula blades - which are a kind of two-in-one design. One of the blades is a soft blade which is rubbery, fairly soft and flexible. This blade looks like a traditional spatula, but it is definitely more flexible and so it's easy to get more mixture scraped from the sides of a bowl because it can be more easily moulded to the sides. Adjacent to that there is another blade with is a more rigid blade which I have used for a separating mixtures into portions, as well as for trimming pastry. The handle is now terribly comfortable as there is no soft handle and it's just a rigid plastic, but as it's something that's only used for seconds at a time then it's fine. The overall design works well and it has lasted well.
It is supposedly not dishwasher safe, but I have to admit to always putting it in the dishwasher and it's never seemed any detrimental effects by doing so.
Overall, I would recommend this spatula and think it handles "spatula jobs" well!
There are so many kitchen spatulas on the market of varying colours, designs and sizes. The Kenwood spatula is a very basic slim spatula made of clear/white plastic. I really wouldn't want to be without mine, it is one of the most used tools in my kitchen. I'm often cooking or baking and do own other spatulas but they are rarely used, the Kenwood is the one I reach for every time.
The advantage of this spatula is that it is so very thin, flat and extremely flexible. It is strong enough to manipulate easily and will bend just as you need it to. When you use it to scrape cake mixture from a bowl the result can be an almost totally clean bowl. Nothing is wasted with this pliable spatula and I find it so versatile. I use it for scooping out all sorts of food mixtures from bowls or dishes, also sauces from wide jars. I also find it ideal for spreading or smoothing fillings and toppings and use it for lifting delicate pastries or similar.
It can be used for warm to medium hot food, for instance I use it for removing all the mashed potato from a saucepan, but very high temperatures will melt it slightly and it will remain permanently bent at the end. It is dishwasher safe (although not on a too higher temperature) but also very easy to clean.
I actually have two of these spatulas in my kitchen just in case one is caught up in the dishwasher. I think I use the Kenwood spatula every day at some point and if I get really involved with cooking then I'll use it several times for various tasks. Very handy. I have given a Kenwood spatula to my daughter and she now won't use any other spatula.
The drawbacks are that it doesn't seem to be easy to source these spatulas, they are available from Lakeland and also Kenwood. They may be on sale in certain high street stores or kitchen specialists but not in my area. They don't necessarily last for a long time, mine last for approximately a year but I admit I tend to get them involved with too higher temperatures too often. However, the way they save any waste of food makes them excellent value for money at £1.99 each. So, without hesitation, 5 stars for the Kenwood spatula and I highly recommend it.
Thank you for reading this review!
© Lunaria 2012
We have had our Kenwood Flexible Spatula for so long now we cannot remember where we got it from but we are guessing it was probably something we bought when we were first married. It is still in fine condition and gets used very regulalry, so that will tell you how durable this is.
It is white plastic with a long handle which is very strong and sturdy and easy to use.
It can be washed by hand in warm soapy water or alterntiavely it can also be popped into the dishwasher if you like.
It is used mainly by me and my other half when we scramble eggs or when we fry them. It makes it easy to just life the egg out of the pan without it breaking up as it just slides underneath the egg and the egg sit son top of the spatula.
We are pleased with this spatula as it is bendy at the end and this is useful for a variety of different things we cook for the whole family. My wife also uses it regulalry for when she is baking cakes and such as she finds it very sueful for scraping the last dregs of cake mixture out of our large Pyrex bowls.
It is heat resitant but one word of warning, do not leave it standing in a hot frying pan as the ends will eventually turn up - it is heat resistant but not fire resistant and the ends will frazzle slightly if left in direct heat for too long.
Great product and I brand I know and trust and really recommended.
This review is also published on CIao under name of sorehead.
This is my second Kenwood spatula as unfortunately the last one melted. I left it by the gas burner and it just caught the end of it. It ruined the shape of the spatula so I had to buy another one. The first Kenwood spatula came with a Kenwood food processor I bought. I replaced it with exactly the same one as I managed to pick one up for £1.00 in a supermarket.
There is nothing fancy about the spatula; in fact it is rather cheap in design. It is made from white plastic. The handle is long enough for you to reach comfortably into a mixing bowl and scoop out the mixture without getting your hands all sticky.
At the head of the handle is the spatula, this is very flat and very thin. If you touch it with your fingers you can pull it around. It is this flexibility that makes the product so useful. You can scoop up mixture easily with it because it moulds to the shape of the bowl, nothing can escape underneath it.
At the head of the spatula this also a further piece of plastic that runs about two inches up the handle, it is a sort of flap that assists you in scooping up even more of the concoction. If you run this side around the bowl, you can remove much more of the ingredients, much quicker. It acts as a sort of mud guard! When I was transferring a cake mix from a mixing bowl to a tin, I used the spatula to make sure I got every last morsel of ingredients! It is even useful for smoothing down the top of the cake and then applying icing as it is smooth and had quite a decent sized surface area.
I use my spatula for a variety of tasks around the kitchen. I use it the most for scooping ingredients out of the bread maker and mixing bowl. You should always use plastic utensils for scooping ingredients in or out of your bread maker. Meta utensils can damage the non-stick surface of the bread pan. They can also scratch the mixing bowl and cause it to look scuffed and be harder to clean.
The spatula is cheap and can be bought on the internet or in stores for around £1.00. I think it is really good value, the product looks like it is made from cheap plastic, but that is exactly what I want from my utensil!
I would recommend this product.
I like to bake cakes, especially birthday cakes, I've always made my children's birthday cakes, always novelty cakes, from a Jewelry box with jewelry included to a keyboard piano style. To do this I need something solid that I can trust to spread the icing on the cake precisely where and how I need it to be. In the past I have had to make do with a palette knife, which you can imagine is quite clumsy to use in intricate areas, so I hunted down this Kenwood Flexible Spatula, I decided it was time for a better tool for my icing.
~Kenwood Flexible Spatula~
The spatula is a solid white plastic and measures around ten inches, I find the flexibility of this spatula fantastic, it really helps with the precision I need with my icing. I also find I'm not wasting much icing as this spatula will pick up icing from even the most difficult of places in the bowl. As I use lots of different colors, it's great that I can quickly rinse and dry the spatula off, which because it is one solid piece of plastic it's quick and easy to do with nothing getting stuck in any nooks and crannies.
I really don't know why I continued to use a palette knife all that time when there were things as good as this to make my whole icing process so much easier and neater. Of course the spatula can also be used for actually dishing out the cake mix before hand, which I do, again really easy to quickly wash and dry it, ready for the icing.
On finding other uses for the spatula I decided I needed more than one and I would recommend you get yourself 2 or 3 of these spatulas, as I've found on mixing sauces the spatula has stained somewhat and because of this I didn't really want to use it in my icing, so I got myself another couple from Lakeland for £1.99 each. Unfortunately, they do tend to bend in hot temperatures, one of my spatulas is slightly melted on the end as well.
~Really worth buying~
But besides having to be careful when inserting these spatulas in hot temperatures, I still think they are worth every penny, as the main purpose for me purchasing them in the first place was for my cakes and for this they are fantastic and I would 100% recommend them. It's amazing how much difference a simple piece of plastic has made to my cake decorating experience. I don't know how long these spatulas will last, but there not doing bad so far, I've had them since before Christmas and I use them quite a lot, they are still going strong, so I'll just have to wait and see, but at £1.99 I wont mind in the slightest when I need to buy another one.
5 stars for the Kenwood Flexible Spatula when they give up the ghost I will be buying more.
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==Kenwood Cooking Spatula==
I do love to do a bit of baking and Jack always likes to help me. The trouble is that all Jack really wants to do is to lick the bowl clean so that he can get a good deal of raw cake mixture! Who wouldn't! But I will often want to use this product, the Kenwood Spatula to clean the bowl of the remaining contents and of course tears will be shed.
We have gotten around this aspect of the final stages of baking by still using the spatula but making sure that Jack gets to eat the remaining scrape of the bowl FROM the spatula! Clever or what.
So I have had this spatula years and it is still going strong. I think I bought it from my local house wear store, Hursts, for a mere couple of pounds good 3 years ago. In that time I have used it a lot which of course means that it has been cleaned a lot and I am surprised at how good it is still looking.
The design is a little different to a lot of other spatulas and this is what makes it not only stand out but also be a really good item to have in the drawer and ensures that it is used a good amount of times. There are two sides to the spatula and these are both different as opposed to a regular spatula which looks identical both sides.
The first side is as you would expect from any regular spatula and it is made of a bendy type of rubber material which is easy to push into the bowl and it allows the cake mixture to be picked up from the sides and a clean bowl is left and all the mixture is taken on onto the side of the utensil.
The second side is a lot longer and a little firmer to touch. This is meant to be for mixing of baking and so on and really does work well on all the occasions that I have used it. It is very strong even though it is still bendy and like I say both of the aspects of this spatula work well and have lasted well too.
I find the spatula easy to clean because of the type of material that it is made from but I would always suggest making sure it is fully dry with a tea towel as soon as possible and not letting it soak in water as this will affect the strength of the rubbery material and it will be sure to perish quicker. It is of course also not suitable for use in a dishwasher or in a microwave if you thought it might be.
All in all I feel this is another top product that I have in my kitchen drawers and I will be more than happy to award it a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
To be honest, I can't actually remember where I got this spatula from but it's a very handy accessory in my kitchen draw. I know it came with one of my Kenwood products, ie a mixer or something like that but I know I did not buy it as a separate tool on its own.
The spatula is made of white plastic and has quite a sturdy long handle. Then the spatula bit is made out of quite a thin piece of plastic which is what makes it very flexible. You can push down on this and it will bend this way and that. This makes it extremely handy for a number of different cooking methods. For example I find this spatula very handy when I am making scrambled eggs. The flexible head allows me to put the spatula on the frying pan and then scoop it under the eggs and flip them and move them around to achieve the perfect scrambled egg. If the top part of this wasn't so flexible they it would not be as easy to get under the eggs and you end up throwing them out of the pan instead of around the pan.
I also use this spatula for putting icing on my cakes. I cheat and buy ready made icing that comes in a can so all I have to do it slap it onto the cake I have just made. The spatula allows me to firstly dip it into the icing and get a good dollop on the tool and then the flexibility allows you to smooth the icing over a round cake and get some really nice edges and a nice well presented cake.
This spatula is heat resistant although I have found the end got a bit melted when I put it into a really hot frying pan but since then it has been fine. It is dishwasher proof too so very easy to clean and a good kitchen tool.
So many companies these days make kitchen mixing tools, it is easy to over look the Kenwood flexible spatula. From Nigella Lawson branded tools to other well known Chefs such as Anthony Wirral-Thompson and then Jamie Oliver, its no wonder that the household chief/or chief-ess can be confused in what to buy. Although my mum is an experienced baker and has two Kenwood kitchen machines which automatically means two free Kenwood spatulas, we already have our old 12 year old original Kenwood spatula which has been used for everything from mixing paint, to spreading plaster on walls, scooping out left over paint and generally anything which needs to be taken out with minimal wastage.
Over other rivals however the Kenwood spatula is an implement every baker should consider, not just because its an all in one washable plastic/acrylic based tool but simply because it does what it states and doesnt cost too much money.
** History, Availability, Pricing **
The history of this plastic spatula is largely unclear although I am led to believe that it was first launched in the 1960s with Kenwoods own Chef machine as well as being available to buy for the commercial catering industry. It is used in many catering and domestic settings such as restaurants and take away outlets who make and sell fresh sandwiches. Most Kenwood Food Prep machines have one of these spatulas included and that also means even their cheapest food processor; sadly it doesnt extend to their hand mixer or hand blender range; a thought that Kenwood could possibly include in their next line up of refreshments for their entire kitchen electrical range
This product has apparently won numerous awards largely for its simple design and the fact that it does what it says on the tin. Initially it was available as a single item to buy through Kenwood stockists and commercial companies that supply catering hardware usually through mail order. Although Lakeland originally dealt through mail order, this company have also started selling this spatula on their shop floor. For the price of £1-95 per spatula, you are hardly breaking the bank. I have also seen this spatula on sale at House of Fraser as well as John Lewis, so it is becoming more available through mainstream stockists.
** The Design **
When I first started working in a local café, I was put in charge of making up the daily sandwiches and baguettes. Time was lost when the usual implements broke under pressure or people kept constantly scraping bowls to get rid of food. The softness of plastic in this tool ensures that not much in the kitchen gets scrape marks. Original Kenwood Spatulas for example never had a thinning out of plastic which is visible to the naked eye. Newer spatulas have thinner plastic which speeds up spreading food items and the time it took me to spread margarine over 200 or so rolls and baguettes each time was faster with this handy little spatula than a normal knife.
What is more important is that the plastic used is very soft and pliable so although it is long around 9 to 10, even the smallest of hands can use this implement for general use. Whilst the handle may be harder in touch, it is easy to grip thanks to its rigid handle. The ridges also ensure that the spatula can be put down on a flat worktop without the mouth messing up or touching the kitchen surface.
Cheaper alternatives such as spatulas available in pound shops (and who could forget More Stores?) for example tend to be a 2 piece design, which over time when handling various baking goods can snap or fall off. I do own a lovely Nigella Lawson rubber spatula with a thin wooden handle but despite its worth its the flatness of the Kenwood flexible spatula which I prefer.
** Using The Spatula For Food **
The fact that you can bend the top fin of the head means that applying sauces etc has never been easier. Indeed the width of the spatula means that getting into most narrow jars for additional ingredients can be easily accommodated. For parents who have a lot of children and pack their lunches, this spatula speeds up the spreading time! It is indeed, very flexible. Other properties of flexibility can be easily applied to the fact that nothing is ever wasted at the bottom of the mixing bowl when you use this spatula to get everything out. Presently for example I use the Kenwood spatula on our Jack La Lanne juicer, and the thinness of the spatula fin means that it gets into all the nooks and crannies and out of the bin collector at the back of that machine. Three swipes and everything is taken out.
** What Other Uses Can This Spatula Tackle? **
This spatula is fantastic for scooping out leftover paint, varnish and wall paper paste. Ive also donated/bought the Kenwood spatula for pre-schools who use it for many uses such as smoothing out plasticine and use with school paints.
** Cleaning **
The spatula is dishwasher safe and as it is made of untainted white plastic, it is clear to see where the stains lie. Therefore it is easy to wash. Over time even when the spatula has been put in a 70° intensive dishwasher cycle, the fin still remains weak and flexible. Thankfully it has remained in its original shape too, which isnt bad given that the original one is 12 years old whilst the other two are 3 years old; all of them are always put in the dishwasher after use.
** Downsides **
Although largely the spatula can withstand hot temperatures up to 150°C, it will bend and shrink if temperatures are hotter, thus limiting use. I did that once by scooping out left over syrup after making pancakes and the fins curved into themselves thus rending the spatula useless for kitchen prep and more suited to being used in the garden shed or for mixing paint!
Although John Lewis and House of Fraser stores may not be available in every town I guess then the second downside must inevitably be availability.
** Conclusion **
This could well be one of the most flexible spatulas you can buy for use in the kitchen but it wont hurt your purse when buying. The most important aspect however is the toughness although its not made of the best abuse proof acrylic, it makes a fine implement to own for long term use. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007