Why Teak

Why Teak Wooden Utensils?

Here in NZ we do not know much about Teak other than it is used in some expensive furniture.

Teak is a tropical hardwood. It is native to South and South East Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. In Thailand it is predominantly found in Northern Thailand.

Teak is the common name for the tropical hardwood tree species, Tectona grandis, which grows to over 130 feet tall.

What is Teak used for ?

Teak wood has a very high oil content, giving it a very high decay resistance. It is incredibly durable and is water resistant. It does not crack or turn black when in contact with metals and it is resistant to termites and other pests. For these reasons it is used in a wide variety of ways, boat building, yachts, exterior construction, indoor and outdoor furniture, veneers and carvings. And of course kitchen utensils.

Why buy and use kitchen utensils made from Teak?

There are several reasons to use Teak Wooden Kitchen Utensils An important one is that they are not plastic, they won’t be sitting in a landfill for hundreds of years or breaking down into smaller and smaller parts that end up in the food chain.  They are completely biodegradable.

But there are many reasons to use Teak Wooden Utensils

  • Teak is an incredibly hard wood and is extremely durable, it will last a lifetime with simple care.
  • Teak does not shrink or warp
  • Teak is water resistant – it is often used in boat decks for this reason
  • Teak has a very high oil content giving it a very high decay resistance, which means if cared for your teak utensil will literally last a lifetime.
  • Because Teak is so hard and strong it does not splinter or crack and can be safely used to cook with, it does not scratch the pots and pans you use, including non-scratch pots and pans
  • Teak wood is non reactive, it will not transfer the taste to the food, as sometimes metallic utensils leave food with a metallic taste
  • Teak wooden utensils being non reactive will not leach chemicals into your food
  • Teak wood utensils are quiet, they don’t give the metallic sound that metal spoons or spatulas do on metal pots.
  • Teak wood utensils do not conduct heat, if left standing in a hot pot or pan they will not transfer the heat up the spoon to your fingers when you pick up the spoon
  • Teak wooden utensils are sanded 5 times, the handles are incredibly smooth and comfortable to hold and stir with
  • Because Teak wooden utensils are so strong, you can use them with any dish, they will not break
  • Because Teak wood has such high oil concentrations and is waterproof, they are much more resistant to germs and bacteria growing on the utensils than plastic or metal utensils
  • Our Teak wooden utensils have no chemicals or lacquers or dyes on them, only food safe oils. There is nothing that will leach from them into your food as you cook or eat with them.

How Should I Care for my Teak Utensils

Most important is not to put them in the dishwasher. That will over time severely damage the wood due to the chemicals used in dishwashers. To clean simply hand wash in warm soapy water, rinse off and pat dry, then leave out to dry completely.

You may re oil from time to time with any food safe oil.

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