Wooden utensils are often used for various cooking utensils. Whether it’s a cutting board, wooden spoon, sodet, and so on. Wooden utensils do have several advantages over metal or stainless steel cookware, Mother. The surface will not cause scratches and will not change the taste of the dish. Not surprisingly, wooden utensils are often used as non-stick cookware. In addition, wooden cooking utensils are also considered to be more durable and safer, free from the appearance of rust or bacteria. Most wooden tools are made with a certain mineral oil. This creates a neutral, moist surface and does not allow bacteria to live.
Launching from The Spruce Eats, according to Brian Hayes, a vice president of sales and marketing for Lamson & Goodnow which produces maple cutlery and kitchen utensils and accessories, wood is naturally more anti-bacterial than any man-made object, Mother. Trees naturally fight infection, bacteria and fungi, and even though they are no longer living organisms, the properties of the wood are still the same, the wood still has cells that do not grow bacteria However, wooden utensils cannot be cleaned perfunctorily, Mother. If not treated properly, the chances of fungi and bacteria sticking are much greater, you know.
Not only that, if stored in damp conditions, it can cause black and mossy spots that can ruin its appearance. In fact, if cared for in the right way, it can make it durable and last for years. You definitely don’t want to, if you have to spend extra money to buy cooking equipment. Well, quoted from The Manual, here are tips on caring for wooden kitchen utensils so they don’t get moldy easily.
Wash wooden utensils in hot water and mild soap
One of the biggest mistakes in the care of wooden kitchen utensils is cleaning it in the dishwasher, Mother. This is because heat, detergent, and strong water can cause wooden utensils to crack or break in a short time.
Therefore, wash your wooden tools manually by hand as soon as possible after use. Use hot water with mild soap. You can use a sponge or nylon scrubbing pad if you really want to get rid of any remaining stains and food debris.
Wipe freshly washed wooden utensils
After washing, remove excess water from wooden utensils by patting or wiping it with a hand towel or clean cloth. This is to prevent the wood from absorbing too much moisture, Mother. This is because damp conditions can cause it to expand quickly and accelerate cracks. Not only that, damp wood can also cause fungus to grow, Mother.
Let it dry completely
After washing and wiping your wooden utensils dry, don’t put them away immediately, Mother. Let the water drain out to dry completely. If not, the water droplets trapped in the cracks of the wood won’t dry completely, and over time the build-up can break the wood too, Mother. So always make sure wooden utensils are completely dry before you put them back where they belong.
Do not let it soak overnight
After cooking, it usually feels very tiring, Mother. The desire to delay cleaning cooking utensils must arise. So that in the end Bunda left the wooden plates and utensils lying, submerged overnight to be handled the next day.
In fact, this can accelerate the damage to wood, Mother. Leaving it submerged and soiled with food particles overnight allows the wood to absorb water, cause it to expand, and accelerate its breakdown.
Not only that, the food particles that seep into the tiny gaps in the wood allow bacteria to grow, which in turn pose a health risk, Mother. So, don’t delay washing wooden utensils after use, so that they are durable and long lasting.