When I moved out on my own for the first time, my mom and both of my grandmothers gave me things from their kitchens. Cast Iron skillets, a rolling pin, and wooden spoons were among them. These are the heirlooms of Southern cooks. I treasured them all from day one, already certain I would pass them down when the time came. But I quickly realized that in order to be able to do that, all of these items needed specific care to maintain them and protect them from every day wear and tear. Today I am going to talk about what I’ve learned about caring for wooden spoons.
There are some common sense things when it comes to your spoons. Avoid putting them in the dishwasher at all costs. To anything made out of wood, the dishwasher is like a watery pit of death.
To take that a step further, you always want to dry your spoons immediately after washing them. Allowing them to air dry would expose them to the water for too long, drying out the wood and causing them to splinter or crack over time.
The thing that I didn’t know about was the need to season your wooden spoons periodically. It’s a really simple process that you only need to do when you notice your spoons starting to look a little dull. For me, when I have been cooking a lot, that’s usually every couple of weeks.
To season your spoons you will need a large ziplock bag, your spoons, and an oil of your choice. Butcher block, coconut oil, and olive oil will all work. Coconut oil will set up of the room temperature is too cool, so keep that in mind. My oil of choice is olive oil for its robust aroma and flavor.
Start by making sure that there are no rough spots on the edges of your spoon. If there are, you’ll want to lightly sand the patches until spoon. Next, place your spoons into your bag and drizzle them with oil. Close the bag and rub the oil into the spoons, making sure there is some excess for the spoons to soak in.
You’ll want to leave your spoons for at least a couple of hours, but overnight is best. I typically put them in a bag before bed and take them out around lunch the next day. Be sure to place the bag on a plate to avoid oil leaking all over your countertops.
Once you’re ready to remove them from the bag, you’ll just need a couple of paper towels to wipe off the excess oil. Voila! Your spoons are perfectly seasoned and protected.