The spatula section of Chef Pro Knives include solid spatulas, slotted fish slice spatulas, long and thin straight spatulas, serrated spatulas, and peels, which are all kitchen tools used for turning and moving food and sometimes for spreading frosting and cream. Which kind of spatula you use depends on what kind of food you are cooking and the role the spatula is going to play in the cooking process.
Spatulas for handling and flipping delicate food items feature a tapered edge to slide gently under thin or fragile foods such as eggs or crepes. Their thin blades allow you to lightly turn them without breaking or tearing. Wide, solid spatulas are useful for getting under both the yolk and white of an egg, whereas thinner bladed spatulas can be used to turn individual items within a crowded pan.
A spatula for handling fish, otherwise called a fish slice, is a slotted spatula. The slots or grooves allow the fish spatula to slide beneath the fish without tearing the skin and allow the grease from frying to drain away. Some fish slices have upturned edges that aid in keeping the pieces of fish on the spatula.
Spatulas for handling and flipping heavier items on grills tend to have thicker blades that will not bend under the weight of burgers and other grilled items. Grilling spatulas also tend to have a long, offset handle that allows the chef to keep his or her arms away from heat of the grill while still being able to comfortably manipulate their grilling food. Many spatulas for the grill have narrow blades to allow them to manipulate individual items on a crowded grill surface.
Stir-fry spatulas tend to have blades in an even plane with blade, which is typically wider than average. A long handle will allow you keep your hand out of the way of frying oil, handy especially if you are using a wok. If you are using a spatula to stir fry, be sure to only use a metal spatula if you are cooking with an iron wok or pan or if you are using cookware without a non-stick coating.
Straight spatulas or icing spreaders are designed to manipulate and serve pastries and cakes. The long, thin blade is ideal for spreading frosting and cream. The firm blade is also helpful for slicing and serving cake, as the blade is often long enough to reach across the entire span of a cake.
Serrated spatulas are usually a variant of one of the above designs and feature at least one sharp, cutting edge. Chefs often will use a serrated spatula to cut into meat on a grill to determine how done the meat is. Serrated spatulas can be used to cut frozen burger patties from a loaf onto a grill, or they can be used to cut through the many layers of lasagna for easy serving.