Tips on Using and Caring For Wooden Spoons

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: Wordsmith    
09-Mar-2013

Introduction:Open the utensil drawer in anyone's kitchen and you are bound to find a few wooden spoons. Sure, you will probably find some Teflon ones, even a few metal ones too, but the wooden spoon is the most versatile one of them all and with a little tender loving care, they will last longer than the most expensive Teflon spoons.

  • 01

    But I Heard That Wooden Spoons Trap and Hold Bacteria

    Believe it or not, wood is actually an antibacterial material. It is only possible for wooden spoons to capture and hold bacteria if the spoons are split or have deeply cracked surfaces. A wooden spoon in good condition is no more dangerous than any Teflon or metal spoon. Wooden spoons should be sanitized periodically. To sanitize wooden spoons, wash them in warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and then soak them in a 50/50 solution of ordinary vinegar and water for at least 5 minutes. After soaking them in the vinegar solution, rinse them off, remove excess moisture by patting with a clean cloth and then allow to air dry.

  • 02

    Seasoning a Wooden Spoon

    Like cast iron pots and pans, wooden spoons need to be seasoned from time to time. Seasoning a wooden spoon is a simple process. Wipe the spoon down with a generous amount of warmed olive oil using an absorbent paper towel, then pop it into an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes. If the seasoned spoon will be used for cooking, add a generous pinch of salt to the olive oil. For spoons that will be used in baking, substitute a generous pinch of sugar for the salt. The oiling process helps preserve the wood, sealing the wood's pores.

  • 03

    Wooden Spoons Become Smelly

    Yes, wooden spoons do become smelly after a short time, but they can be made fresh smelling again by soaking them in a baking soda/water solution. To make the solution, use a couple of tablespoons of baking soda for two cups of warm water. Soak the spoons in this solution for roughly 15 minutes and then rinse off. An alternative method to soaking is to create a baking soda/water paste and rub the paste into the wood. After rubbing the paste into the wood, let the spoons set for forty-five minutes to an hour and then rinse them off.

  • 04

    Wooden Spoons Are Dishwasher Safe

    Wooden spoons can be washed in a dishwasher, but doing so is not recommended. The intense heat found in dishwashers causes the seasoning to breakdown quicker and may even cause the wooden spoons to warp or crack. The best way to clean them is to wash them in warm soapy water and then dry with an absorbent towel or let them air drive. Wash them using regular liquid dish detergent.

  • 05

    When to Replace Them

    The answer to that question is a simple one, it is time to replace them when they become cracked or split. The split wood captures and holds bacteria and spreads it to the foods you cook. Wooden spoons are a health hazard when the wood is cracked or split.




Final Thoughts

Here are three unusual uses for wooden spoons that are really helpful. If you place one wooden spoon in the pot as you cook the pasta, it will help prevent the pasta from sticking together. If you place a second wooden spoon across the pot of boiling water, it will be less apt to boil over and make a mess of your stove top. Another unusual use for a wooden spoon is to test when oil is hot enough to fry foods. Dip the tip of the wooden spoon into the hot oil and if the oil forms tiny bubbles on the tip of the spoon, the oil is hot enough for frying. Believe it or not, these tricks really do work and I use them all the time, especially the spoon across the pot of boiling water trick.




Comments

  • rdawn 3/9/2013 Flag This Comment

    great list, very useful!

  • Wordsmith 3/9/2013 Flag This Comment

    Thank you goodselfme. Actually there is more health risks using older Teflon coated cookware than there ever was with wooden spoons.

  • goodselfme 3/9/2013 Flag This Comment

    I clean my wooden spoons with hydrogen peroxide and have not had incidences of illness since that was started 30 years ago. I like wooden spoons for cooking so enjoyed reading your list.

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