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    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Do you have a wooden spoon?

    Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine wooden
    spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the wrist-heft
    of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking' spoons.
    Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love them so dearly that I am
    even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy yourself a Christmas gift
    you will really enjoy. Get a special wooden spoon. Polly


  2. #2
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:56:01 -0600, Polly Esther wrote:
    >
    >> Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size.

    >
    > I have the one my mother used to spank me with. It's 3.5 feet long
    > and the spoon is 8.5" across.
    >
    > It didn't work worth a ****.
    >
    > -sw


    LOL ! That's not exactly what I had in mind. It took a while to realize
    that some of the 'table' spoons I was using were wimpy or had sharp edges
    where your fingers need to grip. A well-shaped wooden spoon is comfortable
    and strong. Dunno about spanking tho. We great-grandmothers let the little
    ones do as they please. Even visiting pups come hide behind me if any one
    gets cross. They only wish I was bigger. Polly


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    ItsJoanNotJoann Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On Nov 28, 10:14*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:56:01 -0600, Polly Esther wrote:
    > > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size.

    >
    > I have the one my mother used to spank me with. *It's 3.5 feet long
    > and the spoon is 8.5" across.
    >
    > It didn't work worth a ****.
    >
    > -sw


    >
    >

    Hahahahahahahaha, you squirrel!

  4. #4
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On 11/28/2011 5:56 PM, Polly Esther wrote:
    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    > gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    > don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine
    > wooden spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the
    > wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking'
    > spoons.


    I'm glad you found a good tool for yourself. I'm attached to my bamboo
    blade thingie which I guess you'd call a spatula. I also use my whisk a
    lot too. Without those, I'm lost in the kitchen.

    > Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    > thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    > strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love them so dearly that I
    > am even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy yourself a Christmas
    > gift you will really enjoy. Get a special wooden spoon. Polly


    My daughter had some banana nut bread that was made by some boy she
    knows. It was the best banana nut cake that we ever had - I make a
    pretty great cake myself but I'll have to hand it to the kid - his was
    better than mine. He said it was his grandmother's recipe. Hopefully,
    he'll fork it over. Kids these days!

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    > gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    > don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine wooden
    > spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the
    > wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking'
    > spoons.
    > Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    > thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    > strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love them so dearly that I am
    > even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy yourself a Christmas gift
    > you will really enjoy. Get a special wooden spoon. Polly


    Nope. I don't use them and didn't grow up in a house using them. I don't
    like wood and don't think it is sanitary. I use plastic spoons. Yes, I
    know some people have issues with plastic. But I don't. I have seen some
    pretty ones on TV. They look to be better quality than the cheap wooden
    spoons I am familiar with.

    My mom did have a spurtle (sp?). They were made of wood and put out by
    Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet.



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    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    Polly Esther wrote:

    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I
    > ever gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad
    > to say, I don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who
    > makes fine wooden spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I
    > don't have the wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have
    > good 'cooking' spoons. Today I was stirring a very heavy banana
    > nut bread batch and was so thankful for the spoon that fits my hand
    > and has the rounded strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love
    > them so dearly that I am even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy
    > yourself a Christmas gift you will really enjoy. Get a special
    > wooden spoon. Polly


    LOL, I have no special wooden spoons but I use wooden spoons a lot. A ragu'
    wouldn't be the same if one doesn't stir it with a wooden spoon.




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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    > gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    > don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine wooden
    > spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the
    > wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking'
    > spoons.
    > Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    > thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    > strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love them so dearly that I am
    > even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy yourself a Christmas gift
    > you will really enjoy. Get a special wooden spoon. Polly


    There's a fellow named Matt Adams who makes spoons and bowls for a lot of my
    friends who are chefs. He uses only wood that is left over or abandoned, no
    new woods at all, and he uses lots of exotic woods.



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    Janet Guest

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    I've got a whole stable of large and small wooden spoons and spatulas
    that stand in a jar right beside the cooker for daily use. In Britain
    they are both a very old-tradition wedding present and commonly used in
    modern home kitchens, so much so it's suprised me to read this thread and
    realise you don't.

    I've had some of my wooden spoons all my married life, and 40+ years of
    work shows on their worn flat edges.In that time the handles have more
    subtly worn perfectly smooth, and a pleasure to touch.According to wood,
    some have darkened deeply with age and some have bleached almost white.

    One of them is reserved for use only in
    porridge, which is also traditional here in Scotland. The rest get used in
    mixing bowls (he's using one right now as he mixes the Christmas puddings)
    but mainly, I use them daily to stir hot food/sauces in any kind of
    cooking pans on top of the stove. They never scratch pans, and even
    standing in the hottest food, like boiling jam, never heats the handles.
    They get scrubbed in the sink in hot soapy water, a quick rinse and air
    dried.

    Janet UK



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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?


    "Janet" <Her[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > I've got a whole stable of large and small wooden spoons and spatulas
    > that stand in a jar right beside the cooker for daily use. In Britain
    > they are both a very old-tradition wedding present and commonly used in
    > modern home kitchens, so much so it's suprised me to read this thread and
    > realise you don't.


    But most Americans do use them and always have.



  10. #10
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:48:36 -0000, Janet <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > I've got a whole stable of large and small wooden spoons and spatulas
    >that stand in a jar right beside the cooker for daily use. In Britain
    >they are both a very old-tradition wedding present and commonly used in
    >modern home kitchens, so much so it's suprised me to read this thread and
    >realise you don't.
    >

    I have a lot ofwooden spoon, probably at least 20, more or less.

    > I've had some of my wooden spoons all my married life, and 40+ years of
    >work shows on their worn flat edges.In that time the handles have more
    >subtly worn perfectly smooth, and a pleasure to touch.According to wood,
    >some have darkened deeply with age and some have bleached almost white.


    Same here.
    >


    Christine

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    Krypsis Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On 29/11/2011 3:14 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:56:01 -0600, Polly Esther wrote:
    >
    >> Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size.

    >
    > I have the one my mother used to spank me with. It's 3.5 feet long
    > and the spoon is 8.5" across.
    >
    > It didn't work worth a ****.
    >
    > -sw


    It didn't make one whit of difference! I would have used a more extreme
    form of attitude adjuster on you.

    --

    Krypsis

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    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > "Janet" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > > I've got a whole stable of large and small wooden spoons and spatulas
    > > that stand in a jar right beside the cooker for daily use. In Britain
    > > they are both a very old-tradition wedding present and commonly used in
    > > modern home kitchens, so much so it's suprised me to read this thread and
    > > realise you don't.

    >
    > But most Americans do use them and always have.


    Phew :-) Okay, but even asking the question (and some earlier
    responses) seemed to imply otherwise.


    Janet.

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On 11/28/2011 10:56 PM, Polly Esther wrote:
    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    > gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    > don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine
    > wooden spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the
    > wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking'
    > spoons.


    I don't have any special wooden spoons, I have ones I particularly
    like from Williams-Sonoma. I just like the way they feel and look.

    My big qualification for wooden spoons is that they be olive wood,
    nice smooth spoons. I just cannot abide rough wooden utensils.
    Even those little wood scoops that came with ice cream when I was
    a kid gave me the willies.

    nancy

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On Nov 29, 2:29*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    ....
    Re: wooden spoons
    ....
    > Nope. *I don't use them and didn't grow up in a house using them. *I don't
    > like wood and don't think it is sanitary.

    ....

    Oh, don't get like Bryan about hydrogenated fats! "OMG people, if you
    use wooden spoons you will surely die!" ;-)

    I remember when I took the food service sanitation class as required
    my the health department in the early 1980's when I worked in a donut
    shop. They were all about how all cooking surfaces had to be non-
    porous and how stainless steel was one of the best materials from a
    sanitation perspective because it could be easily and thoroughly
    sanitized. I kept wanting to raise my hand and say "But what about
    bakeries?" I used a wooden rolling pin and wooden benches, and we
    never "sanitized" them, or rarely if we did.

    John Kuthe...

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:56:01 -0600, Polly Esther wrote:
    >
    >> Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size.

    >
    > I have the one my mother used to spank me with. It's 3.5 feet long
    > and the spoon is 8.5" across.
    >
    > It didn't work worth a ****.


    lol, I can tell)


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    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    Giusi <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"Janet" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio


    >> I've got a whole stable of large and small wooden spoons and spatulas
    >> that stand in a jar right beside the cooker for daily use. In Britain
    >> they are both a very old-tradition wedding present and commonly used in
    >> modern home kitchens, so much so it's suprised me to read this thread and
    >> realise you don't.


    >But most Americans do use them and always have.


    I use them when stirring anything in an enameled pot. You do not
    want to use metal with enamel, and you certainly don't use plastic
    if there's an alternative. The alternative is wood.


    Steve

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jb2552$5lk$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. One of the nicest gifts I ever
    >> gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. Sad to say, I
    >> don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine wooden
    >> spoons that are special and wonderful. Now that I don't have the
    >> wrist-heft of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking'
    >> spoons.
    >> Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    >> thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    >> strength/smoothness to get the deed done. I love them so dearly that I
    >> am even willing to wash and dry them by hand. Buy yourself a Christmas
    >> gift you will really enjoy. Get a special wooden spoon. Polly

    >
    > Nope. I don't use them and didn't grow up in a house using them. I don't
    > like wood and don't think it is sanitary. I use plastic spoons. Yes, I
    > know some people have issues with plastic. But I don't. I have seen some
    > pretty ones on TV. They look to be better quality than the cheap wooden
    > spoons I am familiar with.
    >
    > My mom did have a spurtle (sp?). They were made of wood and put out by
    > Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet.


    A spurtle is what the Scots use to stir porrage/porridge (not sure how
    USians spell it) )


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    Attila.Iskander Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:jb2552$5lk$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    > Nope. I don't use them and didn't grow up in a house using them. I don't
    > like wood and don't think it is sanitary.


    If the spoons are not cracked so that the fissures can't be cleaned
    properly, they are no less "sanitary" than any other spoon

    AS a matter of fact, research has shown that wooden cutting boards are
    actually easier to keep bacteria free since most wood contains chemicals
    that will help kill bacteria



  19. #19
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On Nov 29, 8:27*am, "Attila.Iskander" <Attila.Iskan...@Live.com>
    wrote:
    ....
    > AS a matter of fact, research has shown that wooden cutting boards are
    > actually easier to keep bacteria free since most wood contains chemicals
    > that will help kill bacteria


    I have heard this as well. I think about it most times I'm washing my
    wooden cutting board with hot soapy water after cutting up raw
    chicken.

    John Kuthe...

  20. #20
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a wooden spoon?

    On Nov 28, 10:56*pm, "Polly Esther" <Polly...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Not a general, one-size-fits-nobody size. *One of the nicest gifts I ever
    > gave myself is wooden spoons that do the jobs splendidly. *Sad to say, I
    > don't remember the artist, but I found a guy online who makes fine wooden
    > spoons that are special and wonderful. *Now that I don't have the wrist-heft
    > of a youngster, it is just so nice to have good 'cooking' spoons.
    > * * Today I was stirring a very heavy banana nut bread batch and was so
    > thankful for the spoon that fits my hand and has the rounded
    > strength/smoothness to get the deed done. *I love them so dearly that Iam
    > even willing to wash and dry them by hand. *Buy yourself a Christmas gift
    > you will really enjoy. *Get a special wooden spoon. *Polly


    I have a few - heavy duty type with long handle and some cheapos too.
    I paid a lot for the big one but it's served me well. I use it when I
    need to do some heavy stirring and don't want to scrape the pot e.g.
    my crockpot. Somehow it makes me feel more like a cook than a dollar
    store plastic jobbie.

    I also have a large, slightly curved wooden paddle I love for mixing
    heavy ingreeds.

    I know it's verboten, but I even toss em in the dw at times. Flame-
    retardant suit has been donned.

    Someday I will try to claim my grandmother's large, shallow wooden
    bowl - great for nut chopping.


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