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    Wooden Spoon

    A wooden spoon is a spoon made from wood, commonly used in food preparation. Before electric mixers became common, wooden spoons were often used to cream together butter and sugar in recipes such as shortbread or Victoria sponge cake.

    They are still used for stirring many different kinds of food and beverages especially soups and casseroles during preparation, although they tend to absorb strong smells such as onion and garlic. Some cooks prefer to use wooden spoons when preparing risotto because they do not transfer heat as much as metal spoons. Unlike metal spoons, they can also be safely used without scratching the bottom of the saucepan. This is useful when making dishes such as scrambled eggs.

    Wooden spoons can be treated to protect from cold liquid absorption with coconut or mineral oil. Edible drying oils such as hemp seed oil, walnut oil, and flax oil are used to create a more durable finish. For best results drying oils should be given adequate time to polymerize after application before the spoon is used. Other vegetable oils should be avoided because they will undergo rancidification and leech into food during use. If the wood grain raises up after boiling or washing a light sanding and application of coconut oil will prevent the spoon from becoming fuzzy and harboring bacteria.