Cooking Utensils are hand-held tools that assist users in food preparation functions and tasks. Cooking Utensils are often versatile and be used to create a wide variety of recipes. They can grind, crush, strain, sift, and beat different ingredients. A larger range of different Cooking Utensils guarantees a more diverse cuisine and larger number of recipes that can be produced. The design of Cooking Utensils is determined by how they are intended to be used. Cooking Utensils are made from different materials and differ from one another in size and shape. They are available in different colors and styles to suit the needs of the user.
Most cooking utensils are either made of aluminum, copper, iron, lead, stainless steel, or Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene). Lead and copper materials should be used with caution as they have been linked to illnesses. All cooking utensils made of copper should be lined since copper can leak into acidic foods.
The difference between a spatula and a turner is that spatulas are used for mixing and flipping food while turners are a type of spatula and are meant to be used during the lifting and turning of food. Also, spatulas are typically made of silicone or wood while turners are made from stainless steel or nylon.
A whisk is used to add air into a mix of ingredients or to thoroughly blend ingredients. A whisk is the cooking utensil that has a narrow handle on one end with wire loops that are joined together at the other. The thickness and layout of the loops depend on the type of whisk.