Dough making: Normally when kids flour and liquid mix the mess that ensues can be a real issue; much of the dough is stuck to the kids hands (therefore wasted as they wash it off and block a sink), the dough isn't mixed properly as they haven't managed to work it and in general the kids are not happy as the product could be better.
Use a plastic scraper instead and you end up with a well mixed dough, very little wastage and clean hands.
To show you what I mean I asked my kids Sam and Hannah to make identical mixes of my flat bread recipe.
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I gave Sam the task of mixing without a scraper, with the following results:
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Hannah worked the same mix using a plastic scraper, here is what happened:
The scraper is also so useful in cleaning every single bit of dough out of the bowl, nothing wasted.
Cutting: Using a plastic scraper as a knife works really well with soft items such as strawberries, cucumber, ripe pears etc. and of course they are extremely safe.
Cleaning: A plastic scraper also comes into it's own when cleaning off surfaces. Before washing down use it to scrape off all the debris and the job is so much easier.
Add in the fact they are also cheap as chips (in fact, if you meet me when I cook I can sell you one for £1) and they become an essential in your kitchen tool kit, whether you are cooking with kids or not.