Wooden utensils offer some wonderful benefits that metal or plastic utensils cannot. From not scratching your nonstick cookware, to not conducting heat, to not altering the taste of foods, wooden utensils are still a popular choice for chef's all over the world. From durable beechwood to beautifully grained olive wood Everything Kitchens has a wide variety of wooden utensils for you to choose from. Maintaining your wooden utensils is very similar to the care of a wooden cutting board.
Cleaning your Wooden Utensils:
To keep you wood utensils looking their best and to extend their life proper cleaning is key. Exposing your wooden utensils to the high heat and humidity of a dishwasher can damage the wood, cause cracks and splitting, and discolor the wood giving it dull or grey appearance over time. After each use wash with warm soapy water with a scrubbing pad. Avoid using very abrasive scrubbers like steel wool as they could damage the wood. Remove all food and rinse with warm water. Dry with a towel and hang vertically to finish drying.
Disinfecting your Wooden Utensils:
If you use your wooden utensils on a daily basis sanitize them on a regular basis with hydrogen peroxide. Use your hand or a sponge to work the hydrogen peroxide around the spoon. Let it stand for about 15 minutes so the the Hydrogen peroxide have penetrate the wood and kill any germs. Rinse with warn water and towel dry.
Removing Oder your Wooden Utensils:
Wood tends to absorb order easily. To help control and remove orders make a paste out of baking power soda and lemon juice and rub it onto the wood in the direction of the wood grain. Rinse and repeat being sure to towel dry after.
Protecting Against Germs and Restoring Shine:
Like oiling your wood cutting board, oiling your wooden utensils once a month helps to create a barrier against germs and bacteria. Oiling your wooden utensils will also keep the wood from drying out elongating its life as well as the restoring the woods luster and shine. Food safe mineral oils and wood cutting board oils are best to use for oiling your utensils . Using a clean cloth generously coat the utensil with the oil. Let stand for about 20-30 minutes to give the wood time to adsorb the oil. Wipe with a clean cloth to remove any excess oils.