Cookware. [and giveaway announcement below!]
let’s talk about wood kitchen utensils and the benefits of giving them a nice oiled massage.
you heard me.
over time, wood cooking utensils can become dry, dull, cracked- and overall just sad.
this is from continual contact with food, water, and heat.
but wood is still my favorite type of utensil to use in the kitchen:
- more “au natural” than plastic
- I have silicone tongs and spatulas but most everything else in my utensil drawers is wood.
- doesn’t melt in a pan on the stove
- I have thrown away more disfigured plastic cooking utensils than I’d care to admit
- works with any cooking surface
- non-stick, cast-iron, stainless steel etc
- wood cutting boards are less harmful to knives
- I only use a plastic cutting board for raw meat because the plastic is less porous and won’t soak up the gross meat juice.
so I am here to tell you that you should be using a food safe mineral oil to keep these bad boys in shape:
the oil acts like a non-stick coating of sorts: the wood is easier to clean and doesn’t capture food smells or stains in it’s pores as easily.
this means that it will stay pretty and last longer- similar to a facial or massage for your own bod.
Wood Cookware Massage instructions:
- Take your clean and air-dried wood cookware and place it on an old towel. I do this on my countertop but the kitchen table or any surface is fine.
- drizzle oil, a little at a time onto each piece and massage/rub it in with your (clean) fingertips
- You’re done when the wood is slightly slippery and totally shiny. If it’s the first time or it’s been a while, the oil might soak in immediately and require a second dose.
- I prop the cutting boards up against the wall so that the least amount of wood is touching the towel- I like to think this is for maximum oil absorption into the wood instead of the towel but who knows if it works.
- Leave cookware on the towel for at least a couple of hours or overnight- until they don’t feel oily anymore. I don’t rinse or wash the cookware before putting it away.
think of it as a spa day for some of the peeps in your kitchen- leaving the cookware in a state of bliss and relaxation so they are ready to get back to work.
I do this every couple of months but I’m sure they would appreciate it every other month; before they’re absolutely gasping.
it’s a pore-replenishing experience that protects the wood from the harsh kitchen environment.
…that sounds like a beauty ad for kitchen utensils.
mid-April marks one year of this blog’s existence.
time flies! I have had so much fun learning the art of food-blogging so far.
AND I am so grateful for the growing Juniper community!
so here’s the deal:
let’s double the Juniper community between now and April 19. This means at least:
when each list reaches it’s goal, 2 names from that list will be randomly selected to receive either a set of wood utensils or a bottle of food-safe oil.
so tell your friends and family and help this community grow!
craftgossip.com has been sharing my recipes with their community!
-be sure to check them out.
ok, now I’m done. get outta here- I dare you to tell your friends that you were reading online about oiling your wood
happy cooking! #getinthekitchen