Food & dining

A pretty, functional lifter and turner

A new sturdy, diner-style spatula from R. Murphy Knives of Ayer has an extra-long and -wide blade that’s an excellent lifter and turner for a hefty piece of meat or two burgers at a time on the grill ($38). The company aptly named it Turner. Its larger size makes it perfect for pressing down grilled cheese or a burger on the griddle. The high-quality stainless steel blade has a sharp, beveled edge to slide underneath whatever you’re trying to pick up — pancakes, fried eggs, fish. The edge makes it especially easy to lift freshly baked cookies off the sheet pan. The company has been making cutlery since 1860, and in the last few years has launched several lines of kitchen and grilling tools — and some, including the spatula, have a beautiful bubinga (African rosewood) handle with steel running along the sides and brass rivets for a finished look. This could be the most elegant spatula in the kitchen drawer. Available at Boston General Store, 305 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-232-0103; Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; Duck Soup, 365 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 978-443-3825, or go to