Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wooden Spoons & Rubber Spatulas

I believe that this subject has been mentioned in either the cookbook or on this blog but needs repeating.  When cooking, it is best to use wooden or rubber utensils instead of metal.  Part of the reasoning behind this is many of today's pots and pans have a coating on them to make the piece non-stick.  Metal utensils may damage or shorten the life of these pieces of equipment.
Wooden Utensils

The non-stick police are not going to come and drag you away for using metal utensils.  Using the metal utensils occasionally with a pot or pan is going to happen.  It's alright and I do use metal turners, at times, for flipping eggs, etc.

I do have and use the wooden utensils.  I recommend that you hand wash these tools instead of just throwing them in the dishwasher.  They will serve you much longer and better for doing this.

A set of rubber spatulas of various sizes and shapes is great for your kitchen.  Please make them all heat resistant ones.  That way you don't have to worry about which one to use for which function.  If these have wooden handles, then hand wash.  Otherwise, they are good to go in the dishwasher.
Heat Resistant Rubber Spatulas

Of course my favorite shopping places carry a variety these utensils.  So just check out Kohl'sFood Network and QVC-In the Kitchen with David.

The wooden utensils are now coming in bamboo.  I'd look at these because the bamboo is easily renewable and you will be helping the environment.  I'll be doing that once my present ones wear out.

Remember that this week both Thursday and Friday will offer a new recipe.  Have a great Labor Day weekend and for those of you in school, a great fall semester or quarter.

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