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    Care of wooden spoons

    This thread is for non-quilting questions. Every time I receive a gift basket, it includes a wooden spoon. The spoons have an unfinished look so I'm not sure if they can be used "as is" or do they need something done to them, besides hand washing with soap and water? Also, can the spoons be used to stir hot foods during cooking? Or are they just for mixing salads or cold food? I know not to put them in a dishwasher, but I'm not sure of any other rules regarding their use. Since quilters are also cooks, I thought I would ask about them here. TIA

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    I have always used them for everything, hot, and cold. When new, give them a wash, let them air dry, then give them a light rub with olive oil, removing excess with a paper towel. I repeat that after several washes as well.
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      #3
      I use a product called Cutting Board Oil. Howard is the brand and I get it at Home Depot. It's food grade mineral oil, for use on butcher blocks, cutting boards, wooden bowls and utensils. I don't have a butcher block but have used it on boards, bowls and utensils. I have a wooden salt cellar and use it on that as well. It's easy to apply and really soaks into the wood. Natural oils aren't recommended because they could go rancid. Here's some info: https://www.cuttingboard.com/how-to-...cutting-board/
      I've used wooden spoons for years for both hot and cold foods. They develop a "patina" the more you use them. The only other thing I would add is not to soak them...it raises the grain.
      Last edited by chelea; May 1, 2020, 09:16 AM.
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        #4
        I have never oiled a wooden spoon. We have several that have lived with us for many years, and all are still alive and well.
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          #5
          I've had some for years too, never took care of them and still okay. I prefer to use bamboo ones now.
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          • bubba
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            I actually like the silicone ones!

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          Whatever you do, DON'T whack the kids or the dog on the head with them. Guarantee the heads are harder!
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          • TMP
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            HAHAHA!!!!

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          I have 2 that were my grandma's. She was 90 when she died in 1982. I've never done anything special to them and they are still strong.
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            #8
            I have numerous sizes of wooden spoons which I've had for many years. I've never treated them in any special way other than to hand wash them. I use them for both hot & cold, but mostly hot.

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            • auntstuff
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              The oil just keeps them from picking up too much flavor. Don't care much for garlic crossing over into my pudding.

            #9
            I use mine for wok dishes or rice dishes. We prefer them when making rice, not sure why but there is a difference. I have the bamboo ones from Pampered Chef.

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              #10
              Yes you might want to treat them once lightly with olive oil. I love wooden spools and wooden bowls. The older the better. A few years ago we were vacationing on Cape Cod and I told my dh to pull into an antique shop. We went inside and they were not up and running yet (I am surprised the doors weren't locked). Things were quite disorganized but I immediately spied some old wooden bowls about 9 inches across, ten of them tied together with a ribbon, no price. I asked how much? The owner says, 25 bucks? What a deal!!! I washed them and rubbed olive oil on them and they have this wonderful nutty brown color, they are great for salad but I esp love them for beef stew. I have had them about 12 years and only did the olive oil rub once, and just wash them in the sink with other dishes just making sure they don't sit in the water.

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                #11
                I use wooden spoons all the time for all different dishes - hot and cold. And, I put them in the dishwasher. What is the problem with the dishwasher? I've been doing this for many many years.
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                • Maria Sews
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                  Dishwashers that have a heat element at the bottom could burn the wooden spoons if the spoons fell to the bottom onto it but now many dishwashers no longer have the heating element so that fear no longer exists.
                  My dishwasher doesn't have the heater in the bottom (the stainless steel interior retains enough heat from the hot water to dry the dishes) and place wooden spoons in the upper utensil rack.
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