5 reasons why you absolutely need a scraper in your kitchen

Your bench scraper has news for you: you’re not using it enough. A bench scraper is one of those inexpensive kitchen essentials that lasts a lifetime and has a million uses, but is somehow one of the most underrated tools around. I keep mine wedged between a plastic drawer divider tray and the side of the drawer, so it’s easy to grab.

Whether you have one hiding somewhere in a drawer or you haven’t yet realized how versatile the tool is, you might want to understand all the reasons why a bench scraper is so handy. .

Photo by Rocky Luten

It’s a scraper, of course. True to its name, you can use it to scrape frozen bread dough (sounds delicious, right?), hardened chocolate, or any type of wet, dry, or sticky substance from your counter or board pastry. It makes your surface much easier to wipe down with soap and water afterwards. In a pinch, a bench scraper can even scrape paint or remove ice from car windows – just be sure to clean it good after.

It is a straight edge. Use it to level a cup of flour, wrap a log of cookie dough in parchment paper, fold over pastry dough or, if you’re short on an offset spatula, level dough in a cake or baking sheet.

Photo by Rocky Luten

It’s a knife. Use it to trim the edges of rolled dough, cut square or oblong cookies, or portion bread dough for buns.

It is an extra large spatula. Use it to loosen pastries, transfer cookies or biscuits, lift a fragile cake layer, or divide and scoop sifted flour from waxed paper into a mixing bowl. You can even flip a fragile fish fillet on the grill.

It’s a rule. If you pick one that has measurements along the edge, use it to check the thickness of pie or cookie dough, a piece of meat, the length of a lady’s finger – the list is endless.

This article contains products chosen (and liked) independently by the editors and writers of Food52. Food52 earns an affiliate commission on qualifying purchases of products we link to.