Is a wooden spoon just a wooden spoon?
Is there any difference in wooden spoons . . . or can I just buy the cheapest one I can find. Thanks.
Well speaking for myself (I have a wooden spoon collection from around the world) not all 'spoons' are created equal!
Materials, weight, shapes, finish...and the care of that spoon counts for everything.
So, whether you are shopping for a show piece or a utility spoon, make your choice accordingly....but please, please, please don't put your wooden spoon in a dishwasher!
My two long-time favorites are made from American cherry and French olive wood. They are handmade and of substantial weight. Each is a different shape and perfect in its own right.
The cherry spoon is quite large with a deep bowl that is wonderful for serving. I use it for braises and stews.
The olive "spoon" really is more like a paddle with a broad, flat edge that is perfect for moving a lot of food. I use it to scramble eggs or with starchy foods because it covers more territory than a spoon.
BTW - none of these - and I have several of each design - has ever seen the inside of a dishwasher. They're all over thirty years old and going strong.
My favorite wooden implements are made of olive wood. It seems to stay smooth and age very well. The cheaper wooden spoons and spatulas I've bought have all, eventually, needed to be replaced. They're softer and have a tendency to splinter just a bit.
If have a French cherry wood spoon and I did have an Israeli olive wood spoon (I wonder where that went?). What I love are those simple cheap wooden cooking forks from Cost Plus. They are about .99 @ and while they don't last for ever they last quite awhile. I really prefer them to spoons for most stirring