Due to its durability, wood is the preferred choice for both professional and amateur chefs. These versatile and multipurpose utensils can last for years.
While wooden cooking tools appear to be the kitchen's superheroes, they do have one enemy. Wood is susceptible to fracture.
Due to its porous and permeable nature, it can absorb water. If it collects too much water, it will bloat and finally break.
Thankfully, there is a remedy. Oiling wooden cooking items will not only keep them moist but also help them develop a beautiful patina over time.
Naturally, you'll want to oil your wooden cutlery before you use it with food. That doesn't, alas, refer to the olive or avocado oil sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
According to The Kitchn, these oils might go rancid and make the tool taste bad. Make use of "polymerizing oils," as they are referred to in Food 52.
As certain oils, such as linseed and walnut, dry, they slightly stiffen the wood. Masterclass recommends mineral oil and beeswax.
Make sure your wooden utensils and cutting boards are spotless and dry before applying oil. Then, wipe the oil into the wood evenly with a clean, soft towel.
After a night of drying, just use a clean towel to remove any lingering oil. Don't wait if you see that your wooden tools are becoming dry and brittle.