How to Choose and Care for Wooden Spoons
30 July 04

Wooden spoons are one of the most handy items in the kitchen; they're great for stirring and mixing and they're usually an excellent choice for non-stick surfaces. And they don't conduct heat, making them ideal for stirring hot foods. Here are some tips for choosing and caring for them.


1. Choose the wooden spoon. When choosing your wooden spoon, look for those made of hardwood. These tablespoons are stronger and more durable than spoons made of pine wood or other softwood. Cork wood spoons can crack, split, and can easily absorb aromas and moisture.

If you are not sure what type of wood the spoon is made of, ask.

Consider supporting a local craftsman who produces such tablespoons; they will undoubtedly use high-quality hardwoods, finishing will be more lovable than mass production, and you will help keep their craft alive.


2. Keep the wooden spoon clean. The best way to clean the wooden spoon is to wash it with warm soapy water immediately after use. Do not use an abrasive cleaning sponge on it, just use a soft sponge.

The wooden spoon stands up to dry. Before taking them away, they should be completely dry.

How to Choose and Care for Wooden Spoons

3. Store wooden spoons properly to maintain beauty and prolong life. Wooden spoons can be placed in drawers, preferably with other wood and software. Avoid storing with metal fixtures as they may stain the wood. Or, store the spoon in the utensil container - this can be a particularly effective look in a rustic kitchen.

4. Do a lot of cooking with your wooden spoon. The wooden spoon is ideal for the following uses:

Stir hot rice such as risotto, soup, sauce, stew and stir fry


There are different types of wooden spoons, here are just some:

Round wooden spoons: These come in a variety of sizes and there are several different sizes that are a good idea because they don't cost too much.

Flat-edged wooden spoon: This kind of wooden spoon is very suitable for places that need scraping, such as making gravy, sauces or removing roasted vegetables.

Slotted wooden spoon: This allows you to stir and pick up food without liquids. This is useful for removing foods such as bay leaf from stock, draining vegetables, and removing pasta.