Kitchenware is a whole world worth discovering. Whether you are a cook or not, surely in the drawers or on your kitchen countertop you have thousands of different utensils and appliances for cooking because, the truth is, nowadays there are so many designs, models and colors that it is very normal that you end up compulsively buying more pots, pans, knives, spoons, plates, glasses, etc., even if you do not need them. But have you ever stopped to think about the material your cookware is made of?
Specifically, we are referring to those that you use to help you cook, such as spatulas, ladles or tongs to pick up meat or fish. These products can be found in plastic, stainless steel, metal or wood. It is this last material, wood, that we will talk about in this article where, mainly, we will highlight thebenefits of using wooden utensils for cooking.
Advantages of using wooden utensils in cooking
Although most of us are not aware of the importance of choosing a good material for cookware, it is extremely important to know how to choose it correctly, both to extend the life of our pots and pans and for our own health. Therefore, in order to raise your awareness, we have created the following list with the main reasons to choose wood over other materials such as metal or plastic:
They do not damage other kitchen utensils such as pots and pans.
No matter what material your pots and pans are made of, wooden utensils (such as ladles, forks or spatulas) have a very gentle contact with all cooking surfaces, even the most delicate ones such as cast iron, stainless steel, Teflon and ceramic. They are also perfect for non-stick coated surfaces. In short, wood does not scratch your pots, pans and saucepans, quite the contrary: it extends their life span.
2. It is a material that does not conduct heat
Normally, kitchen utensils are used while cooking to help us stir the food or to serve it. The good thing about wood is that this material does not conduct heat, i.e. no matter how much time it spends in contact with some food at high temperature, the heat will not reach its handle and, consequently, you will not burn yourself when touching or picking it up as you would if it were made of metal or other material. In addition, since it is not affected by heat, it is a long-lasting and highly resistant material.
3. Wood is an inert material
The fact that wood is an inert material means that, when it comes into contact with other substances or surfaces, it does not react and therefore does not contaminate the food you are cooking with harmful substances. In addition, wooden utensils do not transfer flavors as would be the case if they were made of metal (they tend to transmit a somewhat metallic taste to the food). The fact that wood is inert also means that it is much more hygienic and cleaner than other materials as it does not attract germs or bacteria. and, in addition, it is dishwasher safe.
4. Offers very good ergonomics
Kitchenware made of wood is usually very ergonomic and easy to grip thanks to its soft, non-slip handle with a rounded shape that adapts perfectly to the shape of any hand. Also, because it weighs so little, you don’t get tired when holding it for a long period of time.
5. It is an eco-friendly material
If you’ve made it your New Year’s resolution to take better care of the environment, starting to replace your kitchenware with wooden utensils can be a small step to start with. Wood is a material that is very respectful of Mother Nature as it is a natural, renewable, sustainable, biodegradable, reusable, recyclable and non-toxic resource that also favors the good condition of the forests.
6. Good decorative element
The last advantage we want to highlight of these wooden utensils is that, visually, they are very attractive and you can use them as decorative elements of your kitchen to give it a unique and different touch. These wooden tools are usually handmade and many of them are even small works of art.
We hope these 6 advantages of using wood products in your kitchen have been useful and have convinced you to make the switch soon!
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