Product Type: Kenwood Kitchenware
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A Fantastic Flexible Household Friend
Kenwood Flexible Spatula
Member Name: Nar2
Kenwood Flexible Spatula
Advantages: So many uses other than just being a plastic spatula, catches everything.
Disadvantages: Not overly heat resistant, availability.
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 doesn’t 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 1960’s with Kenwood’s 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 doesn’t 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 it’s 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. I’ve 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 isn’t 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 won’t 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
Summary: One of the best long lasting implements to buy if you like baking; excellent design.
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