Good quality wooden spoons?
I have a set of wooden spoons that I use all the time for cooking and "serviceable" is about the best I can say for them. I'd like to upgrade and am wondering if anyone has recommendations for a good brand? I'm willing to pay for a set that is good quality and attractive. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
Hmmm...TBH- my favorites are the ones that I bought before college and are so worn that one of the "corners" are now flattened from so much stirring over the years. They are so well seasoned, they seem indestructable at this point.
BUT, every time I visit my mother I really like the ones I bought her from Williams-Sonoma a few years back (maybe 10 years?) - they look just like new and have kept their shape well. I know that she uses them often.
Buy a wooden spoon that has the shape you like - some are more flattened, others more scoopy. Look for a harder wood as opposed to a very soft wood (you'll have to figure that out by feeling the weight in your hand). And then just use it until it becomes an extension of your arm. I don't think the actual price of a wooden spoon necessarily correlates with its usefulness. I've bought cheap dollar store spoons that feel great in my hand, more expensive cooking shop spoons that just feel clunky. Save your fancy olive wood spoons for serving salads. Once you''ve been using your wooden spoons for sauteeing and stirring for a while, they'll darken and will no longer be "attractive" in the way you probably want anyway. For what it's worth, my favourite wooden spoons were ones that I bought in an open market in Transylvania from the person who probably carved them by hand. They cost pennies.
Thanks, Nyleve, that's good advice. I think you're right that there's no need to pay a lot to get good spoons, but the spoons that I have are cheapo and I've never liked them, which is why I'm willing to pay more to get something better if I need to. But I'm happy to buy something economical if they're good quality.
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Experience puts me solidly in the olive wood camp. I bought some flat-bottom "spoons" in France close to fifty years ago and still use them daily. No brand name, just great quality.
I have bought more recent ones from WS and SLT. They are mere infants of ten years and going strong. I prefer the shape of my anvient French utensils since they cover much more bottom of the saucepan than a traditional spoon shape.