Wooden soup spoons, are they a good choice?
It is winter here, lots of cold days and nights. Hot soups are definitely on the menu.
I use a wooden spoon or ladle to serve soups into dishes but how about using a wooden spoon to eat with. Are they something worth using?
The first thing I found is the different tactile sensation on my lips and tongue. I had been using a metal spoon and it is not the taste, just the feel of the spoon is different. Now I am familiar with it, I don’t notice it but the first 2/3 times it felt different. Now I would not go back. Not just the tactile sensation on my tongue but the feel of the wooden spoon in my hand, it feels more natural now than a metal spoon, almost as if it had more character and the metal spoon is impersonal.
Wooden spoons are heat-resistant, so they don't melt or warp when they come into contact with hot soup. Nor do they transmit heat down the spoon to my fingers if I leave them in hot soup.
Wooden spoons are sustainable which is a big plus. I use spoons made from sustainably harvested wood, so they are a renewable resource. They are also biodegradable, so they won't add to landfill waste at the end of their life, they will return to the soil, enriching it.
Make sure though that you wash your wooden spoon thoroughly after each use with hot, soapy water. You can also soak wooden spoons in a vinegar solution to help kill bacteria.
With proper care, wooden spoons can last for many years and provide you with a healthy and sustainable way to eat soup.
An intangible advantage of wooden soup spoons is the aesthetics, they look BEAUTIFUL. Warm and golden teak soup spoons look stunning on a table.