Are wooden cook spoons food safe and sanitary? New Hampshire Bowl and Board's wood experts can answer all your wooden spoon care questions. Wood Spoons are safe for 100s of uses.
"I've had my wooden spoons forever and now I'm starting to worry that maybe they're crawling with bacteria. Should I replace them? And how can I care for my wooden spoons, cutting boards and other utensils?"
Wood is one of the oldest materials used to make kitchen tools, and for good reason. Wood is naturally more antibacterial than any man-made material. Recent studies have shown that plastics and derivatives can harbor bacterial despite protective measures. Those scratches and dents in plastic harbor germs.
Wood is easy to clean and protect from germs. Most quality wooden spoons and utensils are treated with mineral oil, which helps create an inert, neutral surface that provides a shield. Untreated wood will easily stain and dry out.
To keep your wooden spoons in the best shape possible, follow these tips: