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Sustainable Living: Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Cooking With Wooden Spoons

Picking the right and perfect cookware can be such a hassle sometimes because there are lots of options to choose from; from wood to plastic, to stainless steel, to silicone — just too many options. However, taking a closer look and after weighing the pros and cons, our ideal cooking spoons are those made of wood.

By Cookist

Wooden spoons are now primarily used in kitchens today, and for this reason, we will share why it is considered a safer choice than every other option.

The wooden spoon is considered safer to use for most people because it does not scratch, scrape or hurt your pots and pans — especially the non-sticks, making the cookware last longer than when spoons of other materials are used.

The wooden spoon is not just strong enough to keep the pots and pans safe, but it is also durable enough to be used in almost all recipes. Because they are comfortable to hold, they are not just sturdy enough to stir around tough stews or pastes but also harmless enough to properly scrape off strong lumps from the bottom of the cookware.

Also, it may interest you that these wooden spoons, unlike their counterparts — plastic, stainless steel, are heat resistant, so they do not melt in high temperatures or get hot when in use, putting out the fear of hot spoons burning your palms. Because of its heat resistance, it can be left inside a pot or pan on fire, and the spoon would not change temperature; this is why it is known to be warm cookware — insulated.

Lastly, it is important to note that the wooden spoon never spoils or affects your cooking recipe. Neither does it deprive you of the taste of your food by absorbing it.

The Cons of the Wooden Spoon


Despite all the pros of wooden spoons, one would think there are no cons, but one main disadvantage of using the wooden spoon is dirt — they tend to absorb colors, like when used in curry or other colored materials. However, with good cleaning practices, the dirt will come off, or better still, use another cookware when preparing foods of color.

Caring for Wooden Spoons


These spoons are made to last but would not on the condition that they're not taken care of properly. Do not place these wooden spoons in a dishwasher, as repeated exposure to hot temperatures could crack the spoons. Do not dry with a towel because of the bacteria that could be transferred between them. Instead, allow it to air-dry after washing and before use for at least 24 hours.

To clean off molds, soak in an equal quantity of white vinegar and water, mixed; to rejuvenate it, treat with mineral oil; and to rid it of smells, apply baking soda or lemon juice.

Find a maple tree spoon — more expensive but more durable.


Using a wooden spoon to cook is safer because it is durable, heat resistant and harmless to other cookware. Find a good wooden spoon product, clean properly with soap and warm water after use, and air dry well for it to last longer.

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