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The turner: a practical kitchen gadget
Whether you’re cooking meat, pancakes or a fresh omelette: using a turner will make sure that your food is cooked consistently on every side. In other words, a heat-resistant turner is one of the most important kitchen utensils. Read on to find out more about this tool and glean some top tips to help you choose the right turner for you.
Find the right turner for each pan
Flipping food in the pan is as easy as pie if you have the right utensil and there are turners available for every kind of use.
Turners for frying pans
Classic turners typically have the shape of a spade so you can reach underneath your meat or omelette to flip it over. This spade shape often features slots for draining off juices, oil or fat.
Turners for crêpe pans
There are two main steps involved in making crêpes. The first is to flip the crêpe so it’s cooked evenly on both sides and the second is to fold your crêpe over to get that classic crêpe shape. With a special wooden turner and slider, crêpe-making will be no trouble at all.
Turners for woks
Wok turners are typically slightly square in shape, perfectly suited to the shape of a wok. The head curves slightly upwards, making it easy for you to move food around the wok or dish it out onto people’s plates.
What are turners used for?
Turners are typically used to flip food over during cooking so that it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Some types of food turners are classically used for include:
• Fried eggs
• Sautéed potatoes
• Meat and fish
The wide head of classic turners made from silicone, plastic or stainless steel makes it easy to scoop fish and meat out of the pan and onto people’s plates. The long edge can also be used to cut softer food such as casserole and divide it into portions.
Wood, stainless steel or silicone: which is better?
Before you settle on which turner you’d like to buy, it’s important to consider the material. We’ve summarized the main features of turners made from wood, stainless steel and silicone for you below.
Wood is a very robust material, ideal for using in coated pans as it’s kind to coatings that are susceptible to damage. Wood also has antibacterial properties which makes wooden turners hygienic tools to use in the kitchen.
Stainless steel turners
Stainless steel turners are hard-wearing, sturdy tools, ideal for uncoated stainless steel pans and even great for using on the barbecue.
Silicone turners are suitable for use with any kind of pot or pan - a real all-rounder. The material can easily withstand temperatures of up to 200°C and, what’s more, it doesn’t scratch the bottom of the pan, making it perfect for using to stir dishes prepared on the stove.
The turners available on the ZWILLING online store set themselves apart thanks to their minimalist design, fun looks and well thought-out construction. Browse our selection to find the turner that fits your kitchen.