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the essentials

The Essentials takes our ever popular Trifecta utensil set and kicks it up a notch by adding an additional Large Flat Saute utensil. While this may seem like a minor change, this set of 4 hardwood cooking utensils is more functional (and fun) than it's predecessor! We love using the two wooden spatulas to serve salad, or hold one in each hand to saute like a ninja. We have been using the sautes for a decade now and trust us... one is not enough!   

- 2 Large Flat Sautes (crucial for multi-tasking).
- 1 Tera Scraper (perfect for cast-iron cooking).
- 1 Large Spreader (from cake frosting to peanut butter).
- The ideal starter set of heirloom-quality utensils.

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food, but you do need some Earlywood utensils.

The flat sautes are my favorite utensils out of anything I make. Because I love it so much and because it's become the go-to for myself and so many other people in their kitchens, I make it in three sizes. The large is probably the most useful, it gets into deep pots and things but you work all the way down to the small, which is just great for for a single person meals and whatnot. The best thing about this piece is this straight edge right here. After you're done cutting your veggies and you've got a bunch of stuff on your counter I use it as a bench scraper right off your counter into your garbage. It's great for that. So you're going in buying a saute you're getting a free bench scraper. (laughs) This long straight edge also works well for scraping the entire edge of a deep pan or a deep pot. This is thin enough to get under products and flip like pancakes, burgers or cookies. This has plenty of surface for tasting. You know, I designed them originally just to be used one at a time, lately I've been keeping one on each side of my pot and I pick them both up at the same time and I saute with both hands at the same time. It's great for holding down something like a piece of burger or a piece of sausage and breaking pieces apart or holding something while you flip one side over. I also use two for salad tongs, two of these large flats or two medium flats are perfect for serving salad. They have plenty of surface to grip and they've got plenty of length to get inside a deep bowl. I just counted the other day I have 12 of these in my kitchen. Every night I guarantee there's at least five and sometimes there could be 10 in the dish rack. I'd say 90% of the time when I'm cooking I reach for this guy.
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