Darlene and I have asked each other many times, and my answer remains unchanged: If I had to rescue one cooking implement from my burning kitchen, it’d be the Ekco® Egg Turner™.
This little baby has helped me whip together countless plates of perfect scrambled eggs over the past 20 years. I bought it in a Reno Target for a couple bucks and I have never seen it there — or anywhere — ever again. Even eBay. Even Ekco online. I swear, it’s as impossible to find as the four-armed Grimace cookie! (which I found once in Sparks, Nev. McDonald’s… but enough of that. I’m not here to discuss McDonald’s again.)
Like the Oracle in “The Matrix,” Darlene says “There is no spoon.” To clarify, she contends there is no such thing as an “egg turner.” It’s a basting spoon at best, a spatula at worst. Possibly a deformed ladle. No-ho-hooo. It’s an egg turner, and it does it well. Its flat, shovel-like lip easily scooches cooking egg from the Teflon skillet, and I can manipulate the eggs’ gooeyness (or fluffyosity, depending on how much they’ve cooked) with its scoopy spoon part.
It’s a one-trick pony when it comes to eggs; I don’t use it for fried eggs or omelets. That’s spatula duty. But for scrambled eggs, it’s unparalleled.
So tell me — if you had to rescue ONE cooking tool, whether it be a utensil or a contraption, from your burning kitchen, what would it be?