You know how that is when you come across something that you didn’t even know existed and then, when you come in contact with it, you realize you always needed it? I find a lot of those sorts of items at Estate Sales. Often, my cart at Target and Trader Joe’s end up with much more than was on my original list. Things just turn up sometimes and want to come home with you.

Well this ultra sleek pan scraper is just one of those didn’t-know-I-needed-it items that came into my life and has now found a regular place there. I was given the modern tool, which came from this kitchen supply website and learned that it was originally designed by Martin Puryear, a well known sculptor, for the MOMA store.

“A pan scraper?” I thought. What could that really do? Well, the sharp but not too sharp white plastic blade could swivel as you push it around to remove all the crunchy left over bits from searing meat. Or, it could easily lift up the residue of a cornbread cake from a glass baking dish. Or, it could put all the other black, ordinary utensils in your drawer to shame.

Yes, this pan scraper just breezed into my kitchen utensil collection and has quickly become the big man on campus.

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11 Responses to “Something I Didn’t Even Know I Needed”

  1. RebeccaC Says:

    I think I’m in love…

  2. Nicole Says:

    I want one!!

  3. Sandie Says:

    Love this gadget, and love that you showed it in a cast iron skillet—my husband seems to have no problem getting ours back to pristine condition after using it, but when I’m done, that poor thing is a mess! I could definitely put this plastic scrapper to good use!

    In the suburbs of KC, there’s a great kitchen village (not a store, but an entire historic village) that’s full of kitchen wares, gadgets, etc. from A-Z. It’s an amazing complex, and so much fun to walk through. I cannot leave that place without purchasing a few extra things I didn’t know I needed until I saw them either (which, after one too many trips, can be dangerous to your bank account) :-)

  4. Sarah Says:

    I have one of those but mine doesn’t have a handle, it’s more like a square with two red rubber edges to grip, if that makes any sense. I got it as a gift & it’s so handy. I didn’t know there was a handle version- I’m jealous!

  5. robin @ caviar and codfish Says:

    Ya know, I was just thinking to myself that I needed a new kitchen gadget to buy needlessly for myself. Now it turns out I actually need it! :)

  6. Preston Says:

    What a cool little gadget. BTW – I stopped by because Lobstersquad said to and she’s the best, baby and all…

  7. EB Says:

    Seriously? Like I needed another new gadget??? Yes… yes I do.

  8. maris Says:

    Well now that I know I need it, I want one!

  9. veron Says:

    I am so buying that scraper…rather (those) scrapers!

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  11. George Says:

    This is probably the least needed tool I could imagine – iron skillets should NEVER be scraped. Seriously. Like, even if you’ve been using yours for 20 years. That’s the beauty of the iron skillet, it takes years to be cured correctly.

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