Wood is one of the oldest materials used to make cooking utensils. And while many new options have come along – hello silicone – wood provides for safe, practical, and aesthetically pleasing tools in the kitchen. And among wooden utensils, there’s one must-have for your apartment: the wooden spoon.
Wood is one of the oldest materials used to make kitchen tools. It’s naturally more antibacterial than any man-made object. Trees naturally fight infection, bacteria, and mold. And even though it’s no longer living, the properties of wood are still the same. Wood still has cells that don’t grow bacteria or mold — fascinating!
Versatile and Durable
The wooden spoon’s versatility and durability is what makes it a kitchen must-have. It doesn’t chemically react with acidic foods or scratch pots and bowls, like utensils with metal coating might. Wooden spoons don’t melt and they don’t release chemicals into hot foods, like plastic does. They can be used to stir any dish in any type of vessel.
When cooking, you’re dealing with boiling water on a regular basis. While plastic and metal spoons eventually become the exact same temperature as the boiling water, wooden spoons don’t. Wood is not impacted by the extreme heat of the water you’re cooking with and creates a safer cooking environment.
Plastic utensils may cost less than wooden ones on average, but they melt quickly and have a much shorter lifespan. You can buy wooden spatulas, cutting boards, and rolling pins, and they’ll all last you for over a decade if you take care them. In addition to their economic value, wooden spoons also add an environmentally-friendly and natural look to your kitchen utensils.