Wooden spoons and utensils are one of the most used and beautiful kitchen utensils. If your anything like me I love using all the wooden utensils but have not been good about keeping up with the maintenence of them. Today I am sharing how to maintain your wooden utensils.
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Having beautiful utalitarian items in your kitchen like wooden spoons and spatulas there are some maintenance and safety precautions that are a must.
If I am honest here, this is something that I have recently learned about and felt it important to share.
First I wanted to share things you should never do with your wooden utensils.
What not to do with wooden utensils
These are the things that you need to not do with any wooden kitchen utensils in order to keep you safe and your items in pristine condition.
- never leave them soaking in water
- never put them in the dishwasher
- do not condition them with household oils that can go rancid
These are very important tips to keep your wooden utensils beautiful and in mint condition.
Now there are some tips to keep your utensils in tip top shape so that you may have them for many years.
What to do to keep your wooden utensils in good shape
The maintenance for all your wooden utensils is really not difficult but more a matter of remembering how to maintain them.
- always hand wash
- be sure to towel dry them thorougly
- every month condition them with a wood butter
There are a few wood butters on the market, I have put a few in my Amazon storefront for your convenience.
You can also make your own using Beeswax and food-grade mineral oil, I have seen several recipes online for that.
Personally I prefer to purchase already made even though I like to make a lot of my own stuff.
If you prefer to support a small business my friends at Poldersowm make beautiful wooden utensils and wood butter.
There are some things you need to look for before conditioning your wooden utensils.
Tips for safety
Before you begin maintaining any of your current wooden utensils, there are some things you need to look for.
If any of your pieces are cracked or splitting you need to go ahead and throw them away.
The crack or splits can create a space for bacteria to build up making that piece not safe to use.
If dryness is all you see with your current pieces, go ahead and condition them to see if it is not too late to bring them back.
After conditioning if the piece shows signs of continued dryness go ahead and throw them out.
You may be wondering if it is really safe to use wooden utensils and the answer is yes.
With proper care it is perfectly safe.
When you purchase new pieces if you start the process of proper washing, drying and conditioning these pieces will last you a lifetime and will be safe to use.
Till next time