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Precautions When Using Wooden Tableware

Generally, wooden tableware can be divided into two types: “painted” and “unpainted”. The surface of painted tableware is smooth and full of luster, while the unpainted tableware exudes a rustic heritage.

Compared with unpainted wooden tableware, a layer of lacquer can prevent the wood from being invaded by foreign substances, and the wood itself is not easy to mold and rot. Lacquered tableware not only has a brighter surface, but is also more convenient to maintain and use.

As for bare wood tableware, there is no need to worry about the problems caused by painting, but the biggest disadvantage is that it is afraid of water. The wood itself has capillary pores that are invisible to the naked eye. If it is not completely dried after cleaning, it is easy to cause mold, rot and deterioration of the wood, and external dirt, grease, mold, bacteria, etc. can also easily penetrate into the wooden pores.

It is recommended that before using unpainted tableware for the first time, after washing and drying the tableware completely, use a kitchen paper towel or napkin to dip a little olive oil or mix olive oil + white vinegar at a ratio of 2:1 to wipe the tableware. After wiping, a protective layer is formed on the surface of wooden tableware. Although it cannot be completely sealed like painting, it also has a protective effect. Lacquered tableware not only has a brighter surface, but is also more convenient to maintain and use.

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Wooden tableware needs to be used for a long time and with peace of mind. Don’t ignore the following 5 small details:

1. Put a layer of oil-absorbing paper on the fried food.

When using wooden tableware to hold fried chicken, sweet and spicy and other high-temperature, high-fat foods, remember to place a piece of oil-absorbing paper to prevent the food from directly touching the wood, which will help extend the service life of the tableware.

2. Do not use wooden tableware to hold food that is easy to stain.

If you are using light-colored wooden tableware, do not put food that is easy to stain such as curry. When the pigment penetrates into the pores of the wood, it will be difficult to clean, and it is easy to leave a circle of yellow waterline marks on the edge of the tableware. .

3. Do not put wooden tableware into the microwave oven.

Wooden tableware cannot be microwaved in the microwave. Because of the relationship between the plant cell walls, wooden tableware itself contains moisture. Once it is heated in a microwave oven at high temperature, when the water content inside the tableware is uneven, it is easy to deform or even crack.

4. It is best not to put it in the refrigerator.

Use wooden tableware to store unfinished food. It is best to change the unfinished food to another container and put it in the refrigerator, such as glass and ceramics. The refrigerator itself will absorb water. If wooden tableware is placed in the refrigerator for a long time, the inside of the tableware will be easily deformed if it is too dry.

5. Do not open moldy fruit next to wooden tableware.

Once you find that the fruit in the plastic bag is moldy, don’t open it. The spores on moldy fruits are invisible to the naked eye, so they are easy to spread in the air. Because wooden tableware itself contains moisture, it is easy to become a breeding ground for mold.

2023-06-02

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