Take a look in your kitchen drawers and count the number of kitchen spoons that you have. Most cooks and bakers collect spoons without knowing it, and soon they have a dozen different types of spoons in assorted drawers and utensil holders. Do they need all of those spoons? What kind of kitchen spoons should you have and how do you use them properly? They are useful utensils, you need to make sure you have the right ones.
Isn’t A Spoon Just A Spoon?
Yes, like a knife is just a knife. There are different sized spoons, spoons made from different materials and spoons that can serve different purposes. Slotted spoons are great for mixing or straining, but lousy for ladling out liquids. Metal spoons are sturdy but some metals will scratch plastic bowls. Some plastic spoons react with acidic ingredients, leaving a strange taste or a discolored ingredient.
There is now reason to have 30 kitchen spoons on hand, just as there is no reason to have only 1 kitchen spoon. You should have an assortment of spoons to use for all of your cooking and baking needs. You can find good quality kitchen spoon sets at any kitchen store, department store or even supermarket for reasonable prices. It’s a matter of what you need them for that should determine what type of kitchen spoon you have on hand. Kitchen tools matter when you are cooking and baking.
Wooden Kitchen Spoons
Ah, the old fashioned wooden spoons. Our grandmothers had them and they took very good care of them. Before the introduction of plastic utensils, then silicone utensils, wood was the material of choice for kitchen spoons.
Wooden spoons still play a key roll in cooking and baking. They are very sturdy and will be able to help you mix stiff batters and firm bread dough. They won’t scratch metal or plastic pans or bowls and they won’t react with ingredients like some other materials can do. They downside is that they require a bit more care when it comes to cleaning, you can’t toss them in the dishwasher and forget about them.
Plastic Kitchen Spoons
Plastic was introduced to the world as a miracle material, an amazing advancement for all of society. It is pretty amazing stuff, although we are struggling with how to control the environmental side effects. Still, plastic is lightweight, durable, inexpensive and easy to clean. Kitchen spoons that are plastic are great for light mixing or ladling. They are cheap to buy and you can toss them in the dishwasher when you are done. Plastic has been know to react with some foods high in acid, and it will peel and pill after repeated uses.
Silicon Kitchen Spoons
Silicone is another miracle material and for kitchen utensils it comes in a rubber-like consistency. It’s non-stick, resistant to high heat, very durable and non-reactive to foods. Like plastic, clean up is very easy, silicone can go right into the dishwasher. The best silicone tools will have metal or wooden handles, silicone can snap in some cases.
There are other materials used for kitchen spoons. Metal, usually a type of stainless steel is very common. While metal spoons tend to be used more for serving, they can be used with glass or plastic mixing bowl and are great for very dense batters or mixes. Ceramic spoons are used, they contain no metal and won’t react with foods. Ceramic is sturdy and easy to clean, but is more expensive and can break.
What should you have in your kitchen? Silicone and plastic spoons are usually the most useful and are usually inexpensive. You should have a couple of wooden spoons, one solid and one slotted. It may surprise you just how handy they really are.