Professional chefs have been using various scrapers in the kitchen for years, and now home cooks are finding out how useful they are. Today we're presenting you the short, handle-less, soft plastic kind. They're useful for scraping every last bit of food from a bowl or pot. They also save time and resources if used for removing food waste before washing dishes. You'll need less water and won't have to replace sponges as often. Some of the products we reviewed also double as pastry scrapers or dough cutters.
Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best kitchen scrapers available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
We had only one test this time:
We recommend considering the following when choosing your new kitchen gadget.
There are two main choices for this type of scraper. Depending on your needs, one may be better than the other.
These are soft and bend to fit into curves easily. If your main purpose is as a food scraper, this is the best kind. They won't damage delicate surfaces on pots and dishes. Small products with pointy parts can get into any tiny spot.
One drawback, however, is that they attract dust. If this is a concern, store them in a dust-free area and simply rinse them before using.
These don't mold themselves as easily into any spot as the silicone or rubber ones, but they have sharper edges which remove tough dirt well. They also tend to be larger and can clean a wide, flat area in one go.
If you want a multitasker that can be used for cleaning as well as cutting dough, mixing, folding batter or blending, these are a better choice.
Your scraper should be easy to take care of as well as easy to use.
Most of these are white or light colors, which show residue easily so you can make sure you haven't left any food particles on them. However, silicone in particular tends to leach colors from foods such as curry with turmeric and tomato sauce, leaving them permanently discolored. You can try to clean them with bleach, but this often doesn't work, and some people would prefer not to use it anyway. In that case, we recommend black or a darker color.
Scrapers help save time when cleaning up after dinner, but if they require a lot of washing themselves, what's the point? It's best to wash these immediately after using to avoid having to try and scrub them. Dishwasher-safe ones make your job even easier, and the high-temperature water helps kill bacteria. Check the packaging, or refer to our notes in the product reviews.
We picked out some of the most popular products and evaluated them. Then we ranked the top 10 Japanese kitchen scrapers available online.
Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.
Fioria Penguin Scraper
Kai House Select Non-Stick Embossed Scraper
mybest's Top Choice! Easy to Hold, Versatile, and Cute!
Recommended for Both Cleaning and Culinary Uses
Recommended For Those Who Value Function and Price
The Best Dishwasher-safe Scraper
The Most Flexible Kitchen Scraper
The Most Compact Kitchen Scraper
|Japanese||マーナfioria ぺんぎんスクレーパー||貝印Kai House SELECT 生地がくっつきにくい表面エンボス加工のスクレッパー||フジサキ万能タイプのスクレイパー||ニトリシリコーンスクレーパー||無印良品シリコーンスクレーパー||レックキッチン スクレーパー|
|Materials||Styrene-based elastomer||Polyethylene||Polybutadiene (general purpose synthetic rubber)||Silicone, Stainless steel||Silicone||Saturated polyester resin|
|Size||4.5 x 3 x 3/16 inches||3.8 x 4.8 x 3/32 inches||5 x 6 inches||4.8 x 3 x 3/16 inches||4.3 inches||4 x 3 x 1/4 inches|
|Weight||1 oz.||1 oz.||2.75 oz.||1.4 oz.||1 oz.||0.9 oz.|
|Dishwasher safe?||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Not listed|
|Colors||Pink, blue, white, yellow||Clear||White||Black||Black||White|
|Size||4.5 x 3 x 3/16 inches|
|Colors||Pink, blue, white, yellow|
|Japanese||貝印Kai House SELECT 生地がくっつきにくい表面エンボス加工のスクレッパー|
|Size||3.8 x 4.8 x 3/32 inches|
|Materials||Polybutadiene (general purpose synthetic rubber)|
|Size||5 x 6 inches|
|Materials||Silicone, Stainless steel|
|Size||4.8 x 3 x 3/16 inches|
|Materials||Saturated polyester resin|
|Size||4 x 3 x 1/4 inches|
|Dishwasher safe?||Not listed|
And why they didn't quite make it.
This scraper from Lec is designed for use with frying pans, but it can be used on anything. In fact, we liked how it could scrape a deep pot without getting our hands dirty. The handle shape also is comfortable to hold. However, it's not possible to scrape a large area at once because contact with the pot surface is only over a small area.
Eco Metals kitchen scraper is available at 100-yen shops. It's stylish, and the shape fits curves perfectly, but it's too flexible and soft. The scraping power is uneven. It can work for plates, but is hard to use with a large pot or pan.
Marna's CurveFit Scraper is silicone, but too stiff, and left food stuck on the pot edges. The pointy end can get into tight corners, and the flat part can cover a large area. If you want a stiff tool for something, it could work, but not as a food scraper.
Tiger Crown's P. Dredge Scraper is a multi-purpose type for cleaning or cooking. Because the curve doesn't fit a pot correctly and it doesn't transmit power well, we don't think it's good as a pot scraper. The long, flat edge could be used as a squeegee, and it could be useful in making desserts, though.
We used instant Japanese curry, which is notoriously difficult to wash away, as our test food.
In our first attempt, we tried to scrape food from plates, and we found all of the products worked well. So we made it a little more challenging and used a pot.
We warmed the curry in the pot and left it for 10 minutes. Then we used only three passes: one stroke down the middle, and one on each side, and measured how much food was removed.
We found that products which have a stiff handle one-third of the length transmitted power efficiently. Scrapers which were too soft and flexible left food behind.
It's easier to remove burnt or caked-on food while the pot or pan is still hot from cooking. Be very careful if you try this, though! Not only can you burn your hand (duh) but some of these scrapers are not able to handle such temperatures. Products safe up to 400℉ are generally okay. Even so, be sure to read the manufacturer's guidelines first.
Make everything in your kitchen the best it can possibly be.
Author: Rio Sasaki/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Yasuhiro Shimoya
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