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Wooden Kitchen Utensils Care

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You just adore cooking. You spend much time in the kitchen, preparing many delicious dishes for yourself and your family members. You like to use wooden kitchen utensils. The Wooden kitchen utensils have lasted through the ages. They have been around since humans first picked up a stick. The Wooden utensils often get dry and cracked with lots of use. There is no need to throw handy tools away when they are old, with a little extra care and maintenance they will last for a long time.

What Are Some Wooden Utensils?

Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Here is the list of some wooden kitchen utensils you may have used in your kitchen to take care of:

  • Wooden cutlery
  • Salad server
  • Rolling pin
  • Honey dipper
  • Spoon
  • Spreader
  • Spatula
  • Bowl
  • Cutting board and so on.

Wooden Utensils Care

If you will not take care of the wooden kitchen utensils that do require it, then buy yourself some cheap plastic ones and replace them often. The following tips will help your wooden spoons, wood spatulas, wood pastry pins and other wooden kitchen utensils look like new.  In addition, it does not matter if you need to take care of the cheap imports or a quality wooden utensil; this is the way to do it:

  • Hand wash your wooden utensils.  Use a mild dish detergent and wash the wood in warm, soapy water.  Once clean, towel dry and then allow the wood to air dry.  Heat from a dishwasher will kill the wood and eventually cause it to crack.

Hand Wash Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Hand Wash Wooden Kitchen Utensils

  • Most wooden utensil you buy will eventually develop a fluff feeling.  That is known as “grain-raise”.  The grain of the wood slightly rises from moisture and this creates the fluff.  What you do is, if you have some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper, just lightly rub the sandpaper across the spoon and you will quickly remove the fluff.

400 Grit Sandpaper

400 Grit Sandpaper

  • For more severe problems, such as a burn mark, a stain or a dent, a bit more work may be required.  In some cases, heavy sanding may be required.  You can start with 50 or 60-grit sandpaper to remove the burn or stain.  With a dent, you may want to soak the area overnight, something you do not usually do with wood. Soaking may help the wood to expand making the dent easier to remove.  Once you have cleaned up the area, you can move on to 80 grit – 400 grit and if you desire, 600 grit or beyond.  The important thing to remember is that if the stain or burn mark is not gone at the lowest grit – moving to higher grit sandpaper will not help.  Higher grits simply remove the scratches left by lower grit sandpaper.  Trying to remove a stain with 100-grit paper simply means you will work harder, longer and waste more sandpaper.

100 Grit Sandpaper

100 Grit Sandpaper

  • To renew your wood, lightly oil it with mineral oil.  Cooking oils will go rancid.  We know, we have been there and it is not pretty.  A rancid utensil cannot be saved. Mineral oil is non-toxic and food safe. Oil your wooden kitchen utensil and you will see the beauty of the grain emerge.  Allow the oil to soak on the piece for at least five minutes.  We usually let them sit overnight.  Finally, wipe off any excess oil and your wooden kitchen utensil will look brand new.

Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil

Frequency of Oiling Utensils

Every two or three months will be all right for the utensils to be oiled.  When they start looking dull or if one gets fluffy, you can just do them all at the same time. If you are using wooden utensils for serving on a buffet, we highly recommend you oil your wooden spoons a few days ahead so they look great.

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