Wooden utensils are among the most versatile and sturdy cooking utensils you can own. Wood is great for sautéing and cooking with your nonstick skillets and pots. They're also durable enough for mixing cookies, batter and are naturally resistant to most bacterias. But often we skip a crucial step in getting the most out of your wooden tools: seasoning.
There are two types of seasoning you can do to get the longest shelf life out of your wooden spoons from Tabled: one for sweet and one for savory.
Your new Tabled utensil set comes with two sets of spoons, each with a mirrored design. We suggest choosing one spoon to season for all your sweet needs: batter mixing, cookies, bars and more.
1. Wash Your Wooden Spoons
Using warm water and dish soap, gently scrub the spoon end (no need to touch the painted part of the handles -- we've already sealed them for you) with a sponge -- nothing too abrasive -- and towel dry then let air dry until they are just a tad damp.
2. Sand Any Rough Edges
We've already done our best to ensure the spoon end is smooth and sanded. But if you notice a few rough spots post-washing, take a fine grain sand paper and lightly buff out any areas of concern.
3. Sanitize Before You Season
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine one part white distilled vinegar to five parts warm water. Soak the spoon end (not the painted part!) in the water mixture for 3-5 minutes. Rinse spoons, towel dry and here's the toughest part -- let them dry completely. This could take 24-48 hours. You can speed up the process with a hair dryer if you like.
4. Season For Your Sweet Tooth
Measure 2 Tbsp. coconut oil into a small saucepan and add 2 tsp. sugar. Stir the oil over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool slightly, for a minute or two. Dip a paper towel into the mixture and coat the spoon end. Set the spoons on a baking sheet or paper towel and let dry.
Optional: Set the utensils on a baking sheet and pop into a 350 degree heated oven for 1-2 minutes. Do not over bake and watch to ensure no burning occurs. You can also use a hair dryer to set the oil, too.
Repeat steps 1-5 above with only a few adjustments. If you plan to use your utensil(s) for savory cooking or sautéing, on the final step add 2 tsp. salt to the olive oil (you can still use coconut oil, but we recommend olive oil for this).
If you want just an all-around utensil, leave out both the salt and sugar and simply season with olive oil or coconut oil.
As you'll see below, you'll probably want to season your wooden utensils occasionally throughout their lifespan. And you may not want to repeat all five steps so thoroughly. Here's our advice on an express set method.
- Rinse spoon head with warm water.
- Sanitize in vinegar / water mix; blow dry until the spoon head is completely dry.
- Season with oil + sugar (for sweet use), oil + salt (for savory use) or just oil (coconut or olive oil is best) for all-around use.
- For quick set, simply stir the oil mixture in a small pan and use a paper towel to coat the whole head. Let dry until cool.
Maintenance & Care
- It's important to never place wooden utensils in the dishwasher. Wooden utensils should always be cleaned using warm water and no soap.
- If you do use soap to clean the utensils or place them in the dishwasher, you'll want to make sure you season the utensils again before use.
- Another instance when you'll want to clean and re-season? If you've used the utensils to stir raw meat, raw eggs or anything else that can spread bacteria after use.
- Remember: it's best to simply rinse wooden utensils immediately after use and let air or towel dry.