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How to Care for Wooden Cookware

October 18, 2011 Le Cordon Bleu Dallas 0 Comments

How to Care for Wooden Cookware

Wooden cookware is a great alternative to plastic or metal utensils. Plastic will eventually wear out, look bad and probably just need to be tossed in the trash and metal ware does not have the warm quality associated with wood. Salad utensils, bowls, wooden trays, rolling pins, spoons, and cutting boards need special care to prevent them from falling apart or cracking.

Because wood is porous, it absorbs a lot of moisture quickly and when it dries out the wood becomes rough as the water may have raised the grain. Care must be taken to preserve and extend the life of your wooden cookware. If you have ever taken any baking classes, taking care of your wooden cookware is often times one of the first things covered.

Every once in a while, clean and oil cutting boards to restore their smooth surfaces and to protect them from drying out. Wipe wood directly after use with a sponge or a moistened paper towel to prevent food from hardening on the wood. If your wooden cookware needs to be cleaned, don't let it soak in water and never put it into the dishwasher, the hot water and steam will warp and ruin wood.

From time to time your wooden cookware will become stained. To remove stains combine ¼ cup of chlorine bleach and 1 quart of warm water in a small bucket. Wash your cookware with the solution, rinse thoroughly and dry quickly. Once it is dry, coat it with vegetable oil to prevent any cracking.

If you get gunk or food stuck on your wooden cookware you can always use a synthetic scouring pad to scrub the residue off. Scrub gently, taking care to not scratch the surface or rub away any part of the wood. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry. Coating with a thin layer of vegetable oil is always a good idea after scrubbing wood as well.

Odor can be another big problem for wooden cookware. If you notice that your wood is starting to smell, you can eliminate odors by rubbing the surface with a slice of lemon. Baking soda also cleans and eliminates odors. In a small bucket mix ½ cup of baking soda with 1 quart warm water. Wash any wooden surfaces with the solution, but be sure to wear rubber gloves while doing it.

If your wooden cookware is losing some of its luster, you can always bring back the natural finish by coating it with boiled linseed oil or vegetable oil, rubbed in with a synthetic scouring pad. Apply two coats about 24 hours apart and make sure to wipe off any excess oil within a half hour of application.

Taking good care of your wooden cookware will keep it sparkling and looking like new for years to come. If you would like to learn more about caring for your kitchen equipment perhaps you would enjoy a Dallas cooking class or baking classes.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Dallas offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Dallas for more information.

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