Tool - Wooden Spoons
by Billie Ann Woo
Wooden spoons are the real unsung heroes of our kitchen. They are the extensions of our hands to stir soup, mix batter, toss salad and dozens of others tasks in the kitchen. They are truly an indispensable part of CTKB and you really cannot have enough of them around. I have my own collection of wooden spoons for various purposes. There are wider and thicker handled ones for stirring soups and stew; narrower ones for sauces and sautéing; and a few in between for those other everyday tasks. I have used spoons for: an impromptu trivet, wrapping pulled sugar, shaping pizzelle cookies, creating wells for thumbprint cookies and to rescue random objects from under my fridge. My favourite is a large paddled one that I used as a child to cream butter and sugar for cookies (before the popularity of stand mixers! Imagine that!) and I still use it fondly. How about you? Do you have a favourite wooden spoon?
Tip: Use a light bleach solution to disinfect your wooden spoons. Follow this up with a scrub with the cut side of a lemon to finish the job and to impart a lovely smell!
Trick: Use a wooden spoon to prop open your oven door (for a small crack) while broiling.