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Kitchen essentials: Wooden spatula

WoodenspatulaWow, you’re saying, he’s really scraping the barrel now. But hear me out: Even the lowliest tools are worthy of exultation. Case in point, the wooden spatula. Now, it doesn’t matter that I have something like 12 other spatulas and spoons with silicon heads, all in perfect condition and in lovely, jewel-like tones. I have tongs and whisks, but do I use any of them? No, without fail, this is the one utensil I reach for every single time, no matter what the task. The proof is in the picture. Look closely, and you’ll see that over the years (and I really have no idea how many years I have had this exact spatula) I have managed to wear down at least a good half inch from the front end of this thing. But hey, it’s fiber, right?

We all have our favorite tools, our security blankets. What’s yours?

  • I love my wooden spatula, too. I just don’t think there is any other tool as good at scraping up brown bits when I deglaze a pan or tossing vegetables in a stirfry.
    I also love love love my tongs. Without them, I have a bad habit of poking and turning with my fingers, which can be rough on a girl.

  • OK, so I exaggerated a bit — I *do* use tongs as well. There are some things a wooden spatula just cannot do!

  • anita

    Ok, I’m a dork, but if I can’t use my Shun santoku knife, I really feel cheated.
    I’ve also got a wooden spoon like yours that I am very partial to.

  • Yeah, my santoku is to knives as my wooden spatula is to stirring utensils. It’s the go-to knife.

  • Wow! What a well-loved spoon! I have a grand collection of wooden spoons, all well-loved, some brand spankin’ new, some just to look at, and others that are well-seasoned. There’s nothing like a tool that fits ever-so-right in your hand. N’est Pas?
    My other favorite must-have is a well-seasoned cast iron pan. There’s nothing that can replace the flavors of the dishes cooked in this venerable kitchen “tool”. I’m looking for a cast iron “deep” fryer to use for my Filipino Lumpias…
    I really enjoy your posts! I’m glad I found you…. 🙂
    Red is your color, darling!
    Tootles,
    Anni

  • Thanks, Anni! And definitely, I have loyalties to certain pans over others, too, but most especially my Le Creuset 5.5-qt Dutch oven (red, of course). There’s pretty much nothing I can’t do with it.

  • Nate

    I have to say that my wooden utensils are my most favorite. So practical. They don’t melt, rust or break (extremes aside). They don’t transfer heat so if you leave them balanced on the pot handle you won’t burn your self, and they are so durable. I love ’em. I hope I can get some more for x-mas!