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    Wooden kitchen utensils - What do you use/like?

    I tend to use a lot my wooden spatula among others, and I was thinking it would be worthwhile to get a set made into some really nice wood that would last a lifetime and probably be good enough to pass son to a future generation
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    - Do you use wooden tools?
    - Which ones are your favourite?
    - If you were to make some custom ones, what wood would you use, which shape, etc...
    - This also include pastry tools, has anybody ever used a wooden whisk?

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    I put wooden utensils right up there with Cutco knives. But I'm sure they have there place.
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    I'd enjoy a few nice different shapes to use with my steel pans. Currently have found bamboo to hold up the best, but would enjoy something made of a nicer wood.
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    I use a wooden spoon (lots) and wooden spatula (sometimes).
    Usually for mixing stuff that would bend a plastic or metal one.

    I have tried making some from burl (bad idea) but I kept breaking the handles.
    I would suggest a straight grain figured wood like curly maple or koa.
    There are a bunch of people on etsy making/selling wooden utensils.
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    i friggen love wooden spoons and spatulas.

    i love them when they get broken in and they develop that deep darkness in the wood. i am pretty sure my stuff are just cheapos. i have a wooden spatula that i use for fried rice and stuff. i will be so bummed when that thing breaks.

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    wooden utensils are a must if you use tinned copper pots and pans. i like berard olive wood spoons and spatulas.

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    I've been using bamboo for a few years as well. Extremely tough.

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    I was wondering actually if I could make some utensils out of your burl. Was it too much a pain to work in shape or was it too fragile?
    Just a note, I am still quite ignorant when it comes to wood, but this forum is a great learning platform!
    Apart from the cost, would there be any reason to avoid making utensils in very dense woods like ebony?
    I would have thought that something like that might last the longest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    I use a wooden spoon (lots) and wooden spatula (sometimes).
    Usually for mixing stuff that would bend a plastic or metal one.

    I have tried making some from burl (bad idea) but I kept breaking the handles.
    I would suggest a straight grain figured wood like curly maple or koa.
    There are a bunch of people on etsy making/selling wooden utensils.
    @boomchakabowwow: that's one of the reasons I am looking into making/buying some really durable utensils.

    @EdipisReks: I actually now mainly use carbon pans or seasoned cast iron pans and pots so I know I could just use metal utensils. But I still love the feel of wooden utensils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahamaroot View Post
    I put wooden utensils right up there with Cutco knives. But I'm sure they have there place.
    Stirring a rondo full of product with a metal spoon sounds and feels awful. I definitely prefer wooden spoons/scrapers. Just my opinion. I don't understand the cutco metaphor?
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    I have been getting wooden paddles for my last wooden utensil pickup. They are awesome for everything and scrape the entire bottom of a pan with ease. I have never tried a wooden spatula always have silicone or metal maybe I should step out on a limb.

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