Wooden spoons are the perfect cooking utensils for stirring and mixing, but they can be tricky to clean. Keeping wooden spoons clean is essential to ensure that your meals stay delicious and safe from bacteria. Fortunately, you can take several easy steps to help keep your wooden spoon sanitary and useable for years. Here is a guide on caring for your wooden spoon to ensure that it remains germ-free and in pristine condition for years to come. Wooden spoons last longer if washed by hand. Avoid putting wooden utensils in the dishwasher, as the high temperature will damage and destroy the wood. Place your wooden spoons in the sink and run them under hot water. Rinse your wooden spoons with water before adding the soap because strong chemical soaps are abrasive and can wear down wood. After washing, brush or sponge with mild soap to remove food residue. Use circular motions under warm soapy water. After removing the food from the spoon, rinse the wood under warm water to remove all soap residue.
Wooden spoons tend to absorb odors and food stains. Rinse the wooden spoon immediately after use to prevent food debris from sticking to the wooden spoon. Also, avoid dipping and submerging your wooden spoon in a water basin, as this can lead to cracking. For a thoroughly clean, clean your wooden spoons with hydrogen peroxide, which will kill bacteria that build up on wooden cookware after repeated use. Soak the wooden spoon for fifteen minutes. Then, rinse the hydrogen peroxide with water and dry the wooden spoon before using it again.
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Over time, wooden spoons dry out and break. To preserve your wooden cookware and prevent it from cracking:
– Rub mineral oil or beeswax on the edges.
– Avoid using cooking oils, such as olive and vegetable oils, which will make the surface sticky.
– Treat your wooden spoons with oil after cleaning with hydrogen peroxide because hydrogen peroxide can dry out the wood.