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OIL NO People are soaking their ‘clean’ wooden spoons in boiling water and the results are absolutely disgusting
30 Jun 2020, 11:27Updated: 30 Jun 2020, 13:59
A WOODEN spoon is a staple item in everyone's kitchen - but how do you know when it's time to bin the one you have, and should you be using something else instead?
An Australian chef has suggested soaking your cooking utensil in boiling water to see how dirty they really are - and the results are disgusting.
The oil that comes out of the 'clean' spoon is disgusting
The oil that comes out of the 'clean' spoon is disgustingCredit: Facebook
Former MasterChef Australia judge, Matt Preston, came up with the "wooden spoon test" so home cooks can determine whether or not it's time to bin the cooking utensil.
The simple cleaning method involves leaving the spoons in a cup of boiling water for up to 20 minutes to see what oils are lurking inside the wood.
And it's safe to say many have been left completely shocked by just how dirty they are, despite some saying they clean it thoroughly every single day.
One woman took to Facebook to share her results after noticing a heavy layer of cooking oil appear on top of the water within minutes.
The water becomes cloudy in minutes
The water becomes cloudy in minutesCredit: Facebook
She said: "This one is going into the bin. A tip I learned from Matt Preston years ago. Does anyone soak their wooden spoons in boiling water?
"'Mine always go into the dishwasher every night but that doesn't stop what gets absorbed. Revolting really."
Shocked by the results, one person wrote: "Omg I’m going to go do this to my spoons right now."
But while some people were insistent that wooden spoons are the only way to go, others shared their new found distaste for the popular cooking utensil and vowed to make the switch to silicone.
"No wooden spoons or boards in my kitchen at all for this reason," one said.
Former MasterChef Australia judge, Matt Preston, came up with the wooden spoon test
Former MasterChef Australia judge, Matt Preston, came up with the wooden spoon testCredit: Getty Images
And another added: "I refuse to use or even own wooden spoons"
It seems chef Matt Preston agrees. Speaking about the "wooden spoon trick" to Delicious in 2016, he said: "On the surface a perfect present but stick an old one in a cup of boiling water to see what fate awaits all wooden spoons.
"Give it a sniff. Phew, stinky! And you were going to stir your custard with that!"
He added: "Ask for a $10 silicon spatula instead. They're hygienic, heat-resistant and flexible, so they are great for getting into the corner of a pan or getting every last skerrick out of a bowl."
People have been eager to see just how dirty their own spoons are
People have been eager to see just how dirty their own spoons areCredit: Facebook
Elsewhere, another woman asked: "Has anyone tried the 'Matt Preston' hack with their wooden spoons? Soak in a cup of boiling water... I do it every week," and shared a snap of her wooden spoon bathing in a pot of cloudy, murky water.
One person responded: "I find [wooden spoons] have a funky taste if they have been soaked in water so I just grab cheap ones often, chuck them out after a few uses or else the taste leaches into foods or they crack."
Meanwhile one user warned: "They are for not meant to go into dishwasher ... also I heard a chef giving a speech about wooden spoons he said highly unhygienic and also absorb a lot of smell.. silicon is a better option."
Next time you consider using your wooden spoon to cook up a storm, perhaps consider how dirty it could be - gross!
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So many things wrong about this article... wood should not go in the dishwasher whatsoever, and most people don’t season their wood that’s why it absorbs all sort of crap. If you season it regularly and use mostly warm water without soap, the protective layer will stick and none of your food will get absorbed into the wood.