Caring for Your Earlywood Utensils

February 10, 2015 4 Comments

 Did your Earlywood utensils see some heavy use this holiday season? Or maybe you received them as a Christmas gift and you’ve used them every day since? Either way, we hope you have been putting them to good use. If so, they could probably use a little TLC by now. Here’s what we suggest:

General tips:

The first thing to remember is that water is not a friend of wood. It can cause your utensils to swell, warp, fade, and crack. To prevent this, hand wash your utensils with hot soapy water and dry in a rack. The wash cycles in a dishwasher are too long and those hi-temp drying cycles don’t help either. They soak up water, then dry out but don’t get scrubbed. This will make sure that your utensils turn gray, fuzzy and live a short life.  


 

 

Scrubbing:

 

After the first few times you used your utensils, you may have noticed your spoons looking or feeling a little fuzzy. That’s to be expected as the grain of the wood is raised by exposure to water. If that hasn’t worn off by now, rub your utensils with a Scotch-Brite pad. Use the little purple one you got with your purchase or the scratchy green side of your dish sponge. A one-time scrub will remove the fuzz for life. Keep the pad; it can be used again and again on your other wooden items.  

 Oil:

Every once in awhile, give your utensils a good coat of oil. We prefer mineral oil, because it is food safe, has no scent, never goes rancid and soaks in quickly. The oil will repel water and thus reduce the number of times your utensils go through the wet/dry cycle. This will prevent warping, fading and cracking that can be caused by repeated exposure to water. Give them every bit of oil they will soak up. It’s a good idea to put on as much as you can, then let them sit overnight before drying extra off with a towel to make sure they soak up every last drop.

 In our opinion, oiling wooden spoons is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s akin to waterproofing a good pair of hiking boots or a good pair of leather gloves. Take your time and enjoy it!  If you want to keep your Earlywood utensils in like-new condition, oil them every 5-6 uses, but if you’re a fan of that well-used look (like we are), then you can oil them every 3-6 months.

 For more details on wood care, check out our Wood Care or our FAQ page.

If you are still left with unanswered questions, please ask us in a comment.






4 Responses

Cornelia
Cornelia

February 10, 2016

Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on thuohgr.

Earlywood
Earlywood

February 25, 2015

Sharon, you can definitely use these for spaghetti sauce. My favorite for spaghetti sauce is the Large Flat Saute in bloodwood. The bloodwood is already red… so staining isn’t an issue!

Sharon
Sharon

February 21, 2015

In making spaghetti sauce do you recommend these spoons.

Rachel Baron
Rachel Baron

February 11, 2015

Became a fan last year. Gave away Earlywood for Christmas even. My own are wonderful, and they get lots of use, especially the spreader. Never in the dishwasher, they nevertheless show that fading you talked about, in particular the one made of the darkest wood (ebony? not sure) I have been rubbing them with olive oil, is that as good as the mineral oil you talked about? Keep up the good work, I’ll be ordering more. Peace!

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