I’m Convinced the Best Cooking Utensil Is This Long, Flat Wooden Spatula—Here’s Why

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It is a truly genius design.

<p>Food &amp; Wine / Reese Herrington</p>

Food & Wine / Reese Herrington

A few months back, the tow-truck couldn’t take my rubber spatulas from my hands. They were indispensable for baking and cooking.

They are still essential for baking, but my hands have loosened to allow me to claim that they are the best. Cooking utensil: the Earlywood Wooden Spatulas.


To purchase: Earlywood 3-Piece Wooden Utensil Set, $40 at amazon.com

They caught me off guard very quickly. I bought them on a whim after seeing them across a few of my favorite food bloggers’ feeds, though I wasn’t too sure just how useful they’d be since the shape is so different from the typical spatulas I’ve used.

They’re thin flat pieces of wood, starting out wider at the bottom and tapering up where you hold them. The spatula’s body is slightly thicker at each end than its ends, which I find is a great feature. I purchased the three-piece set, which comes with the brand’s small flat sauté utensil, which is 9.5-inches long, plus the medium flat sauté at 11.25-inches long, and the large flat sauté at 13-inches long. You can choose from a variety of wood colors and combinations. The Mexican ebony-jatoba and bloodwood combination was mine on Amazon.

I immediately gravitated toward the simple tools, from sauteing eggs, to pan frying tofu, making stir fries, tossing pasta dishes, making sauces — the options feel seemingly endless. They are easy to hold and their perfect, thin shape makes it easy to turn food quickly and efficiently. Because Earlywood thins the thickness of the base of the spatula a bit, they’re still really easy to shimmy underneath foods for easy flipping and turning too. Its sturdy shape allows for scraping the bottom of pots and saucepans without causing damage.


To purchase: Earlywood 13-Inch Wooden Utensil, $19 at amazon.com

Because I grabbed a set, I’ve also used a couple at a time to toss and serve salads, sides, and more. They can also be used as a bench scraper, to push food into a pan or onto a plate.

They’re super easy to clean by hand too. They just need to be maintained with a touch of oil every so often like cutting boards, but aside from that, they’re easy breezy. They stack together so they take up very little space, no matter where they are placed.

You can purchase individual spatulas You can choose to purchase more than one set, or you can grab individual shapes. this cast iron scraper. If you desire the flexibility of sizing, grab the three-piece set. The long one is ideal for when I’m cooking in a deeper pan, that way my hands stay further away from the heat. For smaller meals, the shorter one is ideal. I find the medium-sized one is my most used, since it’s smack-dab in the middle.

This set of spatulas has made cooking most of my meals a total breeze, and I’m so glad I took the plunge. Grab a set Or a singular spatula You can create your own ease and enjoy it.


To purchase: Earlywood 10-Inch Cast Iron Scraper, Turner Wooden Utensil. $19 amazon.com

The price was $19 at the time of publication. 

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