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Wooden kitchenware has less weight yet they are relatively durable. People can eat in, prepare or serve food in them. Wooden spoons are found in almost every household. They can be used for serving food from curries to salads. Because wooden utensils are made from organic material, using them helps us stay away from toxins or harmful chemical compounds that are released by plastic or metal utensils. Since ancient times, wooden ware has been extensively used in kitchens and it is a good idea to keep using them.
People used items like wooden sticks or flat rocks to handle their food before the wooden spoon was made popular by the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons. It was realised soon that there can be more efficient ways of handling food if they had a wider surface area than a stick or a flat rock. This led to the inventions of wooden spoons. Wooden tableware such as plates, forks, knives and glasses were also created with time.
Every product was handcrafted before industrialism took over the world. With industrialisation, machines came into being and production of handcrafted products were reduced.
Wooden kitchenware has been one of the most popular cooking option since ancient times. Indian people have always been traditional and that’s the reason wooden utensils like spoons, spatulas and other wooden kitchenware have been common in Indian households, even till date. There are many practical reasons why people choose wood compared to stainless steel or plastic kitchenware.
Wooden utensils are gentle compared to other utensils. Wooden spatulas do not scratch the coating of non-stick utensils, cast iron or stainless steel pots whereas metal spatulas do.
Metal utensils conduct heat. If you leave a metal spoon in a cooking pot for a long time, the handle will become hot. As metals are good conductors of heat, your hand will get burned if you use it when it is hot. Plastic spoon will end up melting if it is kept in a hot pot for long time. But the handle of a wooden spoon will still stay cool even if it is left in a hot pot for a long time. The reason is that wood does not conduct heat. This makes the wooden utensils superior to other utensils.
Wooden utensils do not react with acids. Cooking in wooden utensils will make your food free from harmful chemicals and your food will also be free from any kind of metallic taste.
Wooden utensils are suitable for all sorts of cooking. If proper care of wooden utensils are taken they can last for many years. Wooden spoons, cutting boards, and other tools are commonly found in every kitchen.
Wood is naturally more antibacterial than any man-made object. Wood is the oldest materials of all materials and it’s best to use them as kitchen tools. Trees fight infection and bacteria naturally. Wood has cells that does not allow bacteria to grow. Its antibacterial property makes it the superior of all other alternatives.
Whenever wooden utensils are made, they are treated with natural oils, which creates a stationary surface that will not allow bacteria to grow.
1. It’s not suggested to clean wooden utensils in dishwasher. It’s best to wash the wooden utensils with some mild dish washing soap and lukewarm water. Dishwasher has high water temperatures which can make the utensils dry and also end up giving them cracks. If wood absorbs too much water, it ends up swelling and cracking. The wood can get warp from the dishwasher’s high heat and the utensils can lose their finish. Hand washing your wooden utensils is the best and simple option to keep them intact for longer.
2. Dry your wooden utensils with a clean, dry towel. Before putting them away, ensure that they are allowed to air-dry. In case your wooden utensils look dry, do not rub them with any food based oil. It’s not suggested to use cooking oil or olive oil. Natural oil or a beeswax compound can be used instead in order to make these utensils smooth.
3. Do not use the wooden serve ware or utensils if they have cracked. They need to be disposed then, as food could get trapped in between the cracks. Because of being exposed to regular high temperature they dry out and develop cracks over time.
4. It is strongly recommended that tomato sauce or any other highly pigmented food items are not be served in wooden trays or platters. Such foods can leave stains on the utensils. However, even if the utensils get stained by mistake, they are still safe to use. The stain will fade with subsequent use.
5. Wooden utensils are good absorbers. They can absorb strong flavours of food such as garlic and onion. So that they do not transfer the smell to some other food, their surface needs to be rubbed with a cut side of a halved lemon or with baking soda and water paste.
Generally, the utensil arsenal of home cooks and restaurant chefs have at least one wooden utensil. The reason is that these utensils are inexpensive, versatile and have durability.
If you take proper care of your wooden spoon you can use it for a long time. They are simple and one of the most dependable tool that cooks have relied on forever.
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