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Scrapers & Spatulas

Nothing slows down the process of making a good dough as much as dough sticking. Dough can stick to the bowl, it can stick to the work surface, it can stick to the roller and it can stick to pastry cutters. You can easily alleviate two of those problems by getting a dough scraper. These can be either metal or plastic and they make easy business out of scraping dough off your work surface and out of your bowl.

Rubber and silicone spatulas are a great kitchen mulit-tasker. They are pliable enough to get into the corners of pans and containers, yet most are durable enough to withstand a moderate degree of heat. These spatulas are good for not only getting all of the icing out of the bowl, but they can also spread it around the cake. Silicone is a relative newcomer to the kitchen, but it is a great material to consider because of its numerous positive traits. Most cooks like silicone products because of their high resistance to heat. Because they are soft and pliable, they will not scratch or damage metal cookware or bowls. Silicone is nonporous, meaning it is waterproof and virtually impervious to stains. Because of this characteristic, silicone also does not hold any residual flavors or smells from previously prepared food. These utensils are also slip resistant, a nice feature when working in a busy commercial kitchen. These tools can be thrown into the dishwasher and washed with other dishes. The relative ease of use and maintenance free nature of silicone makes it easy to see why the material is becoming more and more popular in kitchens.

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How I prevent dough from sticking to anything in the first place?

Dough scrapers are a great tool in any bakery, but, it is more preferable not to have your dough stick in the first place. First rule of thumb is to sprinkle a little flour on everything. Put a dusting on the roller before you begin rolling out the dough. Don’t forget to cover the work surface with a sprinkle or two. If you are cutting out your dough into forms, rub a little flour on the inside and outside of the cutter to ensure the dough won’t stick. Besides flour, there are a few other tricks you can use to keep that dough from becoming a sticky mess. To prevent dough from sticking on your roller, stick it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. To keep dough from sticking to your hands, periodically wet them in cold water. If you are using a fork to press down balls of dough, dip the fork into a bowl of ice water.