It’s a fact that that old wooden spoon somehow makes your BBQ stew or sauce taste better. It’s the one you always go to when cooking something delicious for the family, or when you are using your Asian mom’s non-stick pots. However, for it to be clean and safe for use for a many years to come, you need to know how to care for and maintain your wooden BBQ utensils. Here are 5 easy ways to care for your wooden utensils:
- Wash your brand new wooden BBQ utensils with dish soap and WARM water first before drying them completely. This helps to kill off any lingering bacteria latched onto it.
Sand brand new wooden utensils smooth with grit sandpaper if they’re rough to prevent any potential splinters while using them.
Every now and then you should apply a coat of oil to your wooden BBQ utensils with a soft, lint-free cloth. This will form a protective yet flexible barrier that will help to control the wood’s natural desire to fluctuate its moisture content. This will help to prevent fading, cracks and splitting. Additionally, it helps the wood to become more resistant to absorbing stains and odours. If you find any areas that seem to soak up the oil, go over them again and quickly dry them off.
Once your wooden BBQ utensils are completely dry, wax them! Waxing them with food-safe mineral oil or the beeswax butter will help to give your wooden utensils a fresh and new colour. If you use your wooden BBQ utensils frequently, you might want to apply the butter every two weeks or at least once a month.
Wooden utensils are sensitive like a wooden cutting board. They should be cleaned as soon as you are done with using them, before your food remnants dry on them. They should never be soaked or put into the dishwasher for cleaning. If something damages the finish or cuts into the spoon, you can always sand the damage to make it smooth, then wash and re-season the spoon.