Originally Posted by gadzooks
What seems like a lifetime ago, when I was in the army, going through the chow line at breakfast I noticed the cooks often had spatulas that were only a couple of inches long, maybe three or four inches, some even shorter. It seemed odd. Now I understand why they were holding on to good quality tools rather than replacing them with something inferior.
Those army line cooks!
When they entered a kitchen mess for the first time they were handed a bunch of utensils and told to "watch them like a hawk and treat them like your beloved children".
Spring carbon steel turners were only long enough to do the job.
Literally there were 'time and motion experts' who came up with the most efficient way to flip 500 burger patties. The length of the turner was just long enough to get under the patty. 'Time and motion'. The second most important rule in the military.