There have long been questions in the kitchen about what is best, wooden cookware and stainless steel cookware.
Chefs flock to wooden spoons like their favorite cast iron frying pans and feast on how these cooking utensils seem to hold in them memories and nostalgia. The cook or the baker, more practical, defends the utensils of stainless steel or plastic for their robustness and their facility of cleaning.
But when is it necessary to use kitchen utensils made of wood or stainless steel? What are the advantages of each and the differences between the two?
Let’s dive into the kitchen utensils to discover the details of the great debate. Through this article, you will get a complete overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each utensil.
Wooden kitchen utensils
Wooden spoons do not scratch
Wooden spoons are soft and smooth on cooking surfaces, which means they will not scratch your cast iron stoves and stainless steel pans. Nor do they make that sound of scratching the metal on the metal – the one that tends to counteract the otherwise peaceful nature of the bustle.
Wooden spoons are beautiful
We know that stainless steel can be beautiful too. But there is something in the soulful nature of a set of wooden spoons and cooking utensils. They are beautiful when exposed in the kitchen and when handcrafted, they often look like kitchen artwork.
Wooden spoons are ecological
Wood is a natural resource and opting for cooking utensils made of non-toxic, biodegradable materials is an environmentally friendly way to go. In addition, because the wood is not reactive, it does not react with the ingredients and does not leave chemicals or metallic taste in your food.
Wooden spoons are difficult to clean
That’s right: wooden spoons are harder to clean than stainless or plastic spoons. They tend to pick up stains (especially if you use ingredients like turmeric or beets) and throwing them in the dishwasher is not a good idea as this could crack the wood.
Wooden spoons can break
Stainless steel cooking utensils
- Stainless steel dinner set is resistant
- Stainless steel has a connotation of breaking strength for one reason: it is super resistant. In times when you need something solid, like when you’re dealing with a heavy piece of meat, stainless steel is a better option.
- Stainless steel is easy to clean
- Stainless steel cookware is easy to clean and wipe and does not stain like wooden utensils.
- Stainless steel is perfect for scratching
Whether you use it to remove from the pan until the last bite of roasted potatoes or to pick up your cookies once they are ready to slide out of the baking sheet, the Stainless steel utensils makes it easier to scrape.
- Stainless steel is more expensive
- Stainless steel cookware tends to be more expensive than wooden cookware.
- When cooking with pans and nonstick pans, stainless steel utensils can scratch the coating, which can cause food to stick and possibly damage the pan.