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We know everything about olive oil usage and benefits, but what do we know about olive wood, and where is its place today? If we look back in history, we’ll find that old Romans considered olive as “the first among the trees”. It was used for making furniture, tools, ornaments, but also spoons, forks, and plates, etc. It’s one of the finest woods for crafting, having a nice texture and neutral flavor.
So, today we’re going to introduce kitchen utensils made of pure olive wood. If you feel something special while preparing the food with it, it’s not for no reason. Remember, you’re holding a piece of “tree of life” like the olive tree was called back in ancient times.
Olive Wood Serving Board
This 16×8 inches large board is hand cut out of the specially harvested olive tree. It has a unique look and it will surely add an impressive taste of rustic to your dinner table. Although its title says it’s dominantly intended for cheese serving, you can also use it as a fruit spread, appetizer tray, or charcuterie. It’s up to you.
The size may vary up to 2 inches and that’s because these boards are handmade. The unique size and shape are the reason why I’ve included it in this list at all. It’s a beautiful board at a wonderful price that will look great no matter where you place it.View on Amazon
Olive Wood Cutting Board
Here we have another board from the same manufacturer. The reason? Well, the reason is that they are proven high-quality handcrafted items. And although it seems convenient to use only one of these boards for both, cutting and serving, I don’t think so. I prefer to have one separate board for each purpose. That’s how I’m sure they’ll look well and serve me for a long time.
This 22 by 9 inches large, and ¾ inches thick reversible carving board is also made of natural olive wood. It’s a perfect cutting board especially for carving meat with a nice edge to catch excess juices. Yeah, you can flip it on the other side and use it as a serving board, but as I mentioned, I wouldn’t recommend it.View on Amazon
Olive Wood Spoon
There is no kitchen utensils set without a cooking spoon, right? Here we have an olive wood cooking spoon made in Europe, and that’s not for no reason. The Mediterranean basin is the place of origin of olive trees.
This cooking spoon is made of high-quality Italian olive wood. It’s lightweight, durable, and has a 13.5 inches long handle which makes it fit nicely into any kitchen design or any utensils drawer.
This spoon will not make any scratches; it doesn’t matter if you’re using metal, ceramic, non-stick, or any other type of cookware. On the other side, it’s a great utensil for any part of the meal preparation and serving process. In the end, it surely is healthier to use than silicone made utensils, so popular these days.View on Amazon
Olive Wood Spatula
Well, I was in doubt whether to include another item from Eddington or the olive wood spatula made by Staub. They are both great products made in Europe from high-quality olive wood. Apparently, I prefer Italian over French spatulas (the Staub is a manufacturer based in France). Why? Well, while they are both made of almost the same quality and same size, and even if the shape of Staub’s spatula is perfectly contoured to the hand, my personal choice is Eddington Italian Olive Wood Wide Spatula simply because it looks more rustic. What else?
Well, it’s a really good wooden perfect-sized olive wood spatula.View on Amazon
Olive Wood Kitchen Utensils Set
This five-piece utensils set, made of natural olive wood and coated with sunflower and soy oils, contains a whole variety of spoons one cook needs. It has all the features one can expect from kitchen utensils handcrafted of olive wood, like a classic design and natural warm colors and textures. It’s suitable for use with any kind of cookware, and thus, besides being beautiful to the eye, I must note it’s functional.
Overall, it’s a well made and affordable product, perfect for all your cooking needs.View on Amazon
How to Use and Maintain Olive Wood Kitchen Utensils
Olive wood is one of the finest woods for any craftsmanship, especially for kitchen utensils, since it contains some level of oil, and thus it can never be dry out like utensils made of other types of wood. Simply said, they are smooth.
It’s recommended to use olive wood utensils when cooking in pots that we do not want to scratch or damage, for mixing sauces, stews, and even pasta. It is quite safe to use them because the olive wood is naturally antibacterial, but of course, be sure to get rid of those cracked spoons or cutting boards – the cracks are the perfect places for dirt and bacteria.
Wash them like any other utensils, with liquid detergent in warm water, rinse, and dry. It’s not recommended to use the dishwasher.
Olive Wood Kitchen Utensils – Special care
In the first place, it’s important to note that olive wood kitchen utensils are not dishwasher safe – as there is a huge possibility of cracking. Clean them using hands only with dish soap and warm water. Use mineral oil before storing them to maintain and keep them in a good shape.
To disinfect wooden spoons, soak them shortly in a mixture of vinegar and water (1: 1) after washing and rinsing. Rinse and let them dry. It is best to lubricate them occasionally with mineral oil to close tiny yet invisible cracks and to extend their shelf life. Grease them well with olive oil and leave them to stand for 24 hours before use. To speed up the process, wrap them in plastic wrap after smearing and leave overnight.
And if you want to remove odors from a spoon, soak them in water to which you have added baking soda (a couple of spoons of baking soda to 2 cups of warm water). Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse well.
Olive Wood Kitchen Utensils – Cook’s Tips
- If you want to check if the oil has warmed up enough, just dip the top of a wooden spoon in it. If tiny bubbles start to form, the oil is ready.
- You will prevent sticking if you leave an olive wood spoon in the pot where you’re cooking pasta. Keep it on the edge of the pot to prevent the liquid from boiling.
- A wooden spoon is always a better and healthier choice than a plastic one, especially when it comes to olive wood. But if it has already “done its best” and it’s time for it to retire, you can use it in the garden. Write the name of the plant you planted on each spoon, and stick the spoon in that place. A great way to organize the garden, right?
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