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Giada De Laurentiis 'can't live without' this sturdy $13 silicone spatula, and as a pro baker, I approve

The GIR Premium Silicone Spatula is strong enough to tackle thick doughs yet flexible enough to get into the corners of your mixing bowl.

I used to make a living as a professional baker, and in my opinion, a good silicone spatula is one of the most underrated culinary tools. Even if you prefer cooking to baking, this kitchen essential is my go-to for everything from scrambling eggs and folding omelets to stirring sauces (yes, I prefer it to a wooden spoon — but we'll get to that later). The thing is, there are so many flimsy spatulas out there that, frankly, aren't worth your time. One that is? The GIR Premium Silicone Spatula, which is so sturdy and versatile, even Giada De Laurentiis is a fan! Plus, it's just $13 at Amazon.

In an interview with USA Today about her favorite kitchen products, the Italian cooking queen said she "can't live without" her GIR spatula. And you know what? I can't say I'm surprised. It's made of one piece of silicone, which I prefer to spatulas that have a separate handle and blade (they're just more durable).

This popular spatula is causing quite a stir — in the best way. It's sleek, sturdy and bendy enough to get into your cookware's crevices. 

$13 at Amazon

But what I find most valuable is the fact that it strikes just the right balance between being stiff enough to work through thick doughs and batters, yet flexible enough to get into the corners of bowls and pans to ensure everything gets mixed evenly (and scraped out). Let's see your wooden spoon try to do that! I especially love using it for getting all of those golden bits out of my pan when I'm making brown butter, since you do not want any of those flavor nuggets to go to waste.

Its slim profile allows it to fit into tough-to-reach places, like inside your food processor's bowl, and because it's made of platinum-grade silicone that's heat-resistant up to 550°F, you don't have to worry about it melting if you accidentally leave it in a hot pan. As opposed to metal tools, this won't scratch the coatings of your pots and pans, and its grippy handle allows for more confident stirring.

Silicone is easy to clean, but this spatula does happen to be dishwasher-safe if that's important to you.

Giada De Laurentiis wearing a yellow top against a teal background
I'd be a fan of this spatula no matter what, but the fact that it's got the Giada De Laurentiis seal of approval makes it all the more appealing. (Jeff Lewis/Invision for Simply7 Snacks/AP Images)

It's not just Giada — more than 1,000 Amazon customers are smitten with this spatula, too.

"I have two of these because they get used so much in our house that one is always in the dishwasher or actually being used at the same time," shared a repeat buyer. "I bought my first one over a year ago and with multiple uses a week, it's showing only a slight color fading, but it's otherwise in perfect condition. These feel good in your hand and won't scratch your nonstick pans ... This is the best spatula I've ever used!"

Another impressed shopper called it "That kitchen tool you didn’t know you were missing," adding, "Sounds silly, but this spatula changes the game. Especially with strength and dexterity issues, this helps me feel more confident and be more efficient with my energy. Waited a decade before I finally got one; don’t wait like me."

"Works really well; seamless design makes it easy to clean," wrote a final fan. "My only complaint would be that it's a little smaller than I expected, but it does its job just fine."

This looker is currently available in black, navy, red and this pretty light blue (prices vary). 

$13 at Amazon

Another of Giada's faves? Extra virgin olive oil, of course!

Giada told Bon Appetit that she uses Lucini EVOO on "almost everything," including salads and even her morning oatmeal. "There’s no such thing as too much olive oil," she said. The brand describes its flavor as being "very fresh and mildly green," with "notes of almond and a momentary peppery finish."

$18 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.