TOOL OF THE WEEK: PAN SCRAPERS

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Not all the tools in the kitchen need to be big and expensive. Some of them that are used the most often can be small and cost very little. The pan scrapper falls into this category.

How does it work?
The slanted edges scrape food off pots, pans and baking stones instead of using a scratcher pad. This makes cleaning dishes easy and prevents scratches on your nonstick surfaces. When compared to the price of buying scratcher pads and replacing them on a regular basis, they are much cheaper.

Is it multi purpose?

They can be used in the kitchen to clean dishes. Scrapers are great for the bathroom to get in the tiny nooks and crannies and clean out gunk. It gets stickers of items easily. In a pinch it can be used instead of a flat head screwdriver. (obviously I have done that at least once) Mine disappear into my husband’s tool box on a regular basis as he tells me they are better than anything else for when he is detailing cars or painting cars.

How much does it cost?

I have found them at Pier One for less than $2. Lodge was the most expensive at around $5. It is new to the market and specifically designed for their cast iron.

4. How do brands and features differ?

Many are made of Nylon but some companies are trying different materials. There are 3 features to look for. Size is simply a matter of personal preference. The shapes on the corners is very important. You want one that has a variety of shapes so that you can use it on all your pots and pans. As you begin looking around, consider how the edges of your pans are formed and get the scraper that will do the most good. The slope of the edges must come to a point if it is to do much good scraping food off.

5. How much space does it require?

Practically none. I keep one by the sink and the extras go in my towel drawer.

6. Will I actually use it?
If you cook, you will use it. Always get at least 2 so you can experiment other uses for them.

I purchase mine from Pampered chef when I attend a home party.

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About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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