Customers who purchase handcrafted kitchen utensils in assorted wood types often comment on their surprise at discovering that American Beech feels nothing like Maple, and Cherry is really different than Black Walnut. That’s because scoops and measuring cups aren’t particularly delicate, and in addition, they won’t be used for anything that requires a lot of strength and durability. So we thought the first thing to do would be to make wooden spoons from green wood and then dry it. Trees used to be a hobby of mine, but I am quite rusty at this point. When it comes to wooden spoons, chefs and home cooks alike can get pretty serious. It was so well-used that the handle had conformed to the shape of my hand, and the head had been worn into an angle that perfectly fits the corner of my Dutch oven.
Why wooden spoons are great for cooking. Last, here’s a somewhat subjective reason for using wooden spoons: I have a friend who is a professional chef, and he uses the same spoon every time he makes his tomato sauce. Have a pile of wood (mostly fallen branches from an oak and old christmas trees that are nothing but trunks) and was thinking of carving wood spatulas, spoons, and such for cooking. Have a pile of wood (mostly fallen branches from an oak and old christmas trees that are nothing but trunks) and was thinking of carving wood spatulas, spoons, and such for cooking. I used olive oil on the chopsticks I made, it worked out well. In wooden utensils, the grain direction is a weak point, which will crack and eventually fail more often than bamboo, which isn’t a wood at all (bamboo is classed with grasses). Used my favorite bamboo spoon (which I still have) to make a roux for an Irish stew.
I think you will find that Beech is widely used for these. Today, wooden spoons in western cultures are generally medium to large spoons used for mixing ingredients for cooking or baking. Why Wood Cooking Utensils Are Better Than Metal or Plastic. I’ve never used them with cast iron but I have a favorite spatula (metal) for that.
One confusing area is trying to decide between plastic and wood. Wood utensils aren’t the best tools for every cooking task, but they are perfect for some things. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Back to cooking spoons now and any spoon with a patina like this is worth a closer look. It’s the good ones that get used. I made this one in 1998 from rowan. The wooden spoon — that much-loved, earthy-looking kitchen tool — is ubiquitous in home kitchens and professional restaurants alike. Recipes sometimes specify using a wooden spoon. Metal utensils work great on the strong and heat tolerance, but not so much on the soft and insulated. Wood’s a bit harder than silicone, so you might have an easier time scraping with a wooden stirrer than a silicone one, but silicone is a whole lot easier to wash and care for, so if you’re not really used to wood, and you’re not particularly nostalgic, it’s a good alternative. We’ve talked a lot recently about how much we love cooking and serving with wooden utensils. Silicone and stainless steel have their uses and particular beauty, too. The earliest known versions were simply small pieces of wood used to help scoop up foods not quite liquid enough to drink directly from a bowl. I browsed Amazon’s list of best-selling kitchen utensils and gadgets, which is updated hourly, on multiple occasions over the course of several weeks, and I never once saw a wooden spoon in the top 10 or even in the top 100.
Best Wood For Kitchen Utensils
These composites are often used to make modern ‘wooden kitchen utensils’ like the new imported bamboo products. Cooking utensils can have an effect on your nutrition. Function. Expand Section. Pots, pans, and other tools used in cooking often do more than just hold the food. Use a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water for both wood and plastic cutting boards. It’s easy to disinfect wooden cooking utensils and restore their usefulness in your kitchen. Use mineral oil, a food safe oil that is commonly used by restaurants to increase the longevity of wooden utensils. Contrary to a commonly-held belief, wooden chopping boards are not very good in the kitchen: it’s quite impossible to get them completely clean, so germs stay on them, and when using with a sharp knife you end up making sawdust. It can be used for cooking a wide range of things, but mainly small items to be cooked together such as rock cakes or profiteroles.
Photo used under Creative Commons from Carly Watson. Plastic.