What to look for? It’s all personal. Here’s what I like.
Scraping Spatula: My personal preference, when it comes to scraping spatulas, is a flat handle whether wooden or plastic. It needs to fit comfortably in my hand so that it stays in my hand when I am turning batter. The spatula needs to be sturdy/thin enough so that you get a clean swipe in your bowl with out bending causing you to take extra time to do the scrape down or clean out.
Long Metal Spatula: What you see here is a vintage Ecko spatula. No longer made like this. I use this exclusively to remove cookies off of my cookie sheets. It has a long wide flat surface with a solid wooden handle. The success here is that it is wide enough to take a soft cookie off of the cookie sheet so it does not bend. Success!
Small Cake Icing Spatula: There are times when you need the flexability of something small when you’re icing. I understnad the need for the longer icing spatuals (not to spread icing with your knuckles – hello) but the “bend-y-ness” of those spatulas makes me crazy. Maybe I need a cake decorating class to get use to them but right now, not so much.
Utility knife: Find one you really like. In this day and age where fresh vegetables are staples of a healthy lifestyle the investment you make is also an investment in you to have the tool to help you be healthier. How so, cutting up veggies isn’t as much a chore with the right knife. This one I found at HomeGoods.
Microplaner: LOVE IT! Great for zesting lemons, limes and oranges. I use it for grating nutmeg – BTW you will not go back to the pre-grated nutmeg when you grate your own – totally different aroma with a better flavor. Talk about ease of work, this is the tool to help make things taste lovely especially merinades. Of course I picked this up at William Sonoma – Will for short. The Microplaner origninaged in the woodworking industry to smooth down wooden surfaces. Nothing like guys gettin in the kitchen!
Slotted Spoon: This is a vintage slotted spoon by Ecko. No longer made this way. Why do I like it? It’s sturdy. It’s easy to clean. It’s the PERFECT size – not huge, not too little. It’s not plastic! AND it’s proven to last a long time.