Ah, the humble scraper.The rubber kitchen scraper:
- swipes every last drop of salsa or jam from its jar
- cleans out the peanut butter or Nutella jar with a few strokes along the sides and bottom (sometimes producing enough for an extra sandwich)
- can eke out an extra crepe or pancake from the batter remains stuck to the mixing bowl
Why don’t people use ‘em?In a family of six, that extra crepe can even out servings or reward a kid who’s shown patience and generosity.Scraper-use reduces waste and saves money.And they rinse clean afterwards, so it’s not like they’re a huge dishwashing burden–besides, by scraping off batter and bits, they actually clean off the stuff that tends to dry like concrete and stick stubbornly to bowls and storage containers. In that way, they make food preparation and serving dishes more responsive to the dishwasher’s cleaning action.I use them daily to be sure I’m not rinsing down the drain some perfectly edible food. In fact just today, at lunch, I used my old, blue-handled scraper to clean out a nacho cheese tub that the kids were prepared to dispose of. They had used a spoon to extract as much as possible, but I noted plenty of streaks left behind. My scraper-swipes collected two additional servings. Yum.The scraper is a kitchen essential for us–a humble and faithful contributor to maximizing my food preparation efforts.I therefore offer this short tribute to the kitchen scraper.
Ode to a Rubber Scraper
The faithful Scraperfills my skillet with good things;my plate with culinary riches.It extends our resourcesthat we might satisfy our loved oneswith more than enough.
The faithful Scraper, has taught usto stretchwhat we haveand sharethe bounty.
The Scraper is my friend;a kitchen companionthrough thick and thin.
Turn to the Scraperand find hidden in plain sightmore than you thought possible.
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