Over the past 50 years, metal kitchen tools have become the trend du jour in the kitchen world owing to their efficiency and cost. Yet, you may have noticed a gradual shift to using wooden kitchen tools in recent years. Sure, style and aesthetics are the main reasons for this subtle switch. But there are various practical reasons for the movement as well. Here are a few that I’ve discovered.
They Bring Out Flavor
A gourmet Italian pizza is a perfect meal after a long day of work. And there’s simply no replacement for the wood-fired flavours and fresh dough that materialize from wooden tools for baking and serving your pizza.
Ultimately, it’s the aroma of food that amplifies the enjoyment of our meal. The wooden tools create a nostalgic aroma that takes us back to the more traditional days of cooking. Wooden kitchen tools help your kitchen smell like home, family, and something terrific and familiar.
When metal or plastic is immersed in a scalding hot substance, it can melt and become a significant ingredient in your food. Best case scenario means that your food may taste bad. The worst-case scenario is a potential risk to your health.
The last thing you want is plastic residues to become a large part of your family’s diet. Wooden cooking appliances can eradicate this problem and are one of the primary reasons they’re starting to become popular again.
They’re Comfortable To Use
Cooking can involve a lot of hot surfaces and appliances. You want to avoid your skin being in contact with these surfaces for safety and comfort. Wooden appliances keep you from having that problem since they don’t retain much heat.
I love using wooden kitchen tools alongside some of the more modern kitchen appliances. With an Instant Pot, for example, the only work required for many recipes is the occasional stir of the pot’s ingredients. But metal utensils can quickly capture too much heat when immersed in the pot for more than 20-30 seconds. On the other hand, you can leave a wooden spoon on the side of the pot and not have to worry so much about being burnt while you’re cooking.
Plastic tools may cost less than wooden ones, but they melt quickly and have a significantly shorter lifespan.
These days, you can buy wooden spatulas, chopping boards, and rolling pins; they’ll last you for over a decade if you take care of the equipment. Since the demand for metal kitchen appliances is so high, wooden tools are similar from a price perspective.
They Don’t Rust
Your kitchen might strive to have a lovely rustic feel, but that doesn’t mean your kitchen tools should be rusty.
If you’re too tired to wash your dishes after a delicious meal, wooden tools can be placed in a water bowl to soak, and they won’t rust at all (which is not the case with metal tools). They also don’t need a dishwasher because they’re so easy to rinse out and dry under the sun.
They Are Environmentally Friendly
Wooden spoons last for decades and can easily be spruced up with sandpaper and mineral oil. One of the advantages of wood is that when this material finally meets the end of its kitchen lifespan, it’s biodegradable, or you can use it for kindling.
Another solution to otherwise wasted wooden spoons is that they make great soil markers. You can write or paint them to remind yourself what you planted in your garden.
They Accentuate Your Home
If your kitchen tools have sentimental value, you can use them as decoration around the house. Wooden appliances have an antique-looking feel, perfect for giving your home that kinfolk look.
The rustic look is in these days, so old pieces need not go to waste. Simply use a lick of paint to transform those wooden appliances into works of art for your bedroom or living room.