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Jan 4, 2010 05:30 AM

Wooden Spoons - Dishwasher or not?

I've been hand-washing my wooden utensils for years. A friend recently told me she always puts hers in the dishwasher. I thought that was a no-no! Anyone have a good reason for not putting mine in the dishwasher?

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  1. No wood in the dishwasher, ever.

    1. If they're good ones, I wouldn't. I buy cheap wooden spoons and throw them into the dishwasher, replacing them when they start to splinter. I've never noticed any off flavors or other issues.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        that's exactly how I see it. I have lots of cheap wooden spoons and they are fine in the DW; eventually they splinter a bit, but at $1 a piece who cares.

        1. re: DGresh

          I use antique hardwood wooden spoons, and never put them in the dishwasher. I dislike the flimsy pine wooden spoons, especially when they begin to splinter, so I stick with my hardwood spoons.

          If the OP buys olivewood or other hardwood wooden spoons, I wouldn't put them in the dishwasher either. A quick scrub with a scrub brush gets them clean and then they either drip-dry on a kitchen towel or get dried off and put away.

        2. re: coney with everything

          +1...I throw mine in the dishwasher, and I replace them often....I get them at the Dollar Store:) Works fine.

        3. I've been putting my wooden spoons in the dishwasher, and nothing bad has happened to them. They don't splinter (at least, they haven't yet).

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          1. re: small h

            Me, too, for years and years. Some inexpensive ones in perfect condition I recall having bought over 30 years ago while in college.

            1. re: mcf

              Absolutely, in the dishwasher every time, for (literally) decades. They have not splintered at all, though a couple of the ones with long thin handles have acquired a slight twist along their length which actually adds character as far as I'm concerned.

              Some people are just too darned OCD about what does (or doesn't) go into the dishwasher. But hey, as long as they don't ask me to hand-wash their spoons for them I don't really care.

              In this house there are three (and only three) categories of items that don't go into the dishwasher: Carbon steel knives, the grinding discs from my meat grinder, and non-stick cookware. That's it.

              1. re: BobB

                I place my non-stick cookware (along w/the cheap wooden spoons) in the dishwasher and replace when necessary.

                1. re: OCAnn

                  Ah, but I have a set of non-stick cookware that has, miraculously, lasted close to a decade while remaining very nearly as perfect as the day I bought it.

                  After seeing many, many non-stick pieces from cheap (T-fal) to expensive (Le Creuset) last a few years and then deteriorate, the longevity of this set is incredibly impressive. As such it's worth a little extra care.

                  1. re: BobB

                    Ooh...a decade is indeed a very long time for nonstick! What brand, please? I'd like to get a set. =)

                    1. re: OCAnn

                      Dansk Master Series, made in China (!). I got them from a Dansk outlet store back then - I don't think those stores even exist any more, but there must be some place that sells them.

                      They're made of heavy anodized aluminum with a gunmetal grey exterior and non-stick interior coating. The set comprises two frying pans, two sauce pans, sauté pan and stock pot. They all have brushed aluminum heat-resistant handles and tight-fitting brushed aluminum lids. Granted, I've treated them well - no super-high-heat cooking, no metal utensils, hand wash, cool before washing - but even so their longevity has been astounding. Except for minor external staining they look as good as new!

          2. If they are good and you want to protect then jfood would not place in the DW.

            Jfood has a set of Galloping Gourmet Spurtles in 1978 that have been through the DW hundreds of times with no ill-effects.

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            1. re: jfood

              Yes, a spurtle! I have one, but would never put it in the dishwasher. I got mine way back when, too.

            2. the ones that are 4 for a $1 go in the dishwasher and last for years although sometimes they bend.
              My beautiful olive wood salad servers from Italy are wiped and then smeared with olive oil. I don't even wash them.