Nothing beats classic woodenware when it comes to kitchen tools and utensils. From cutting boards and stirring spoons to bowls, wooden kitchen products add some aspect of rustic charm to a kitchen. These high-quality, hand-made products are passed down from one generation to another, therefore they are supposed to be maintained properly.
Wooden kitchen products are ideal because wood tends to have antibacterial properties that protect food from germs, bacteria, and mold. But because these products are made of wood, it means that the type and level of maintenance they require is a little bit different from other kitchen products. Below is a guide on how to keep wooden products that are used for eating so that they stay looking good and new all the time. In this article we discuss all about it .
Never put them in the dishwasher
The worst thing you can ever do to your wooded products is to clean them in dishwater. The detergents in dishwater, heat, and forceful water will cause your wooden items to develop splits or cracks within a very short period. Always wash them by hand according to the following guidelines.
Hand-wash with hot water and soap right after using
To clean your eating wooden products, simply use a gentle soap and hot water. To make sure that all the food particles and leftovers have been removed, you can either use a nylon scrubbing pad or a sponge to scrub them. And remember to wash them almost immediately after they have been used.
Wipe off excess moisture with a hand towel
After washing your wooden eating products, get rid of excess water from them by blotting or by patting using a clean hand towel. By doing this you prevent them from soaking up too much moisture that can eventually lead to them expanding and therefore accelerating warping and cracking.
Let them thoroughly air-dry
Don’t put them right after washing and wiping. Allow them some time out to air dry thoroughly. If you don’t do this, the water droplets trapped in the gaps won’t dry properly and after some time the accumulation can lead to warping or cracking. So before you keep away your wooden utensils make sure that they have air-dried thoroughly.
Don’t let them soak overnight
Most of us are tempted to soak dirty utensils after cooking so that we deal with them the following day. Never do this to your wooden utensils. Letting them soak overnight will allow them to soak up water, expanding the wood and therefore accelerating their cracking, food particles can even seep into the small cracks and allow bacteria to proliferate. Spare your time and wash your wooden eating products almost immediately after use.
Routinely treat with mineral oils
Rub your wooden utensils with mineral oil if possible once a month. This will keep your wooden utensils glowing and in the best possible condition. The oil is quickly soaked up by wood, and it helps the utensils to repel water better and retain their natural liveliness. Compounds made of beeswax can also do this job. Remember to use approved oils only, avoid some oils like canola and olive because they will leave your utensils with an unpleasant smell.
Buff out rough spots with sandpaper
When wooden utensils have been used for a long, they develop rough spots. Get rid of these spots by sanding until they are smooth and then oil them with mineral oil.
Some colored food items such as berries may sometimes stain your wooden eating products, but the good news is that there are always good ways of getting rid of this. The first method is washing them immediately after use with soap and hot water. The other method and which should be used for more aggressive stains is scrubbing lemon or baking soda on the stain and then washing. Sometimes the stains may be adamant but that should not worry you because they don’t present any health risk. Over time with continued and proper washing, the stains will just fade out naturally on their own.
How to Deal with Smells
In case you notice that your wooden eating products have started developing some funny smells don’t worry. There are ways to get rid of these smells. One way of getting rid of these smells is by rubbing a slice of lemon over their surfaces and letting them dry. You can also add baking soda to water and then rub the resulting paste on their surfaces and let them dry before washing. You can also try rubbing their surfaces with white vinegar. However, most people prefer lemon because it leaves the utensils smelling lemony fresh.
How often do you need to oil your wooden utensils, and what should you use?
It is the routine of soaking up water and then drying that finally leads to the cracking of wooden eating products. Oil repels water and this means that the more oil you have in the pores, the less water they will soak up. Oil is meant to reduce the number of times your utensils will go through the wet/dry cycle. Oiling your wooden utensils once a month will make sense.
How do you sanitize wooden cutting boards and spoons?
Simply wash your wooden utensils by hand in hot soapy water using a sponge. By doing this your wooden eating products will give you many years of safe, sanitary, stunning, and smell-free use. When dealing with wooden utensils, no need of using harsh bleaching chemicals.
Taking care of your wooden eating utensils is simple as one plus one. Follow the above guide and you will be surprised how long the utensils will serve you. Nobody wants bad looking utensils in their kitchen, sanding and oiling them regularly will keep them looking beautiful and natural always.