How to season wood utensils

My pinky remains in while I drink and my wardrobe consist of one pair of dress pants and one jacket that serves ALL occasions. So, to find myself writing about the benefit of seasoning ones utensils, well, lets just say I’m a bit surprised and now mysteriously craving tea and wondering how much a dressing gown cost as the winter sets in outside. I’m no scientist or scholar that has conducted lavish studies on the great benefit of seasoning utensils or the great divide between those who do and, well, the rest of us, but can almost guarantee that it is more common not to; then to. I have however become more aware of the benefit of caring for those items I wish to hold onto and how difficult it is to find a suitable replacement for those items I let fall apart because I considered a quick rinse, good enough. So from a working class ‘Joe’s’ perspective who just didn’t have the time, sort of experiment, most call “life” I can say that the occasional cleaning and seasoning not only leaves to a better cooking and dining experience, but some may even consider a better alternative to a quick rinse and a small investment in order to hold onto something that may not be so easy to replace later in life. So, with our pinkies out and tea at the ready, lets delve in to the world of seasoning.

So on to the seasoning, very complex and should take up most of your weekend. It does involve a preheated, yes preheated, oven and the rarest of rare, that extra virgin (extra…thought once??…anyway) olive oil. First and foremost the utensil must be clean. Not smacked against the side of a trash can clean, not licked ‘clean’ by the dog, not run under a faucet, but CLEAN, then set aside to thoroughly dry. This is why it takes all weekend. After some Netflix and dry time I warm the oil, not boiling but warm as not to burn yourself. Your gonna stick your fingers in it for crying out loud. Although, in a pinch if you only say, have a Saturday morning not the whole weekend to get this done, you can use room temperature, amateur….Then I proceed to methodically rub down the utensils ensuring each and every part is covered then placing them on a tray lined with parchment paper. This is when you start to preheat your oven. Yes, you can do all of this at the same time, but this is the weekend and after starting a season of say, whatever it is you recently heard your coworkers discussing that really, really intrigued you, your hooked and again, this is the weekend. So now on to whatever step we left off at: Netflix and preheating your oven time. Time can vary on this as if like many of us you tend to have a few while working in the kitchen, and how many seasons you have to catch up on. Just, for safety sake, remember to turn off the oven before falling asleep on the couch.

Sunday morning, or noonish depending. So reheat the oven to 350 deg. and by now those utensils soaked up a good amount of oil so a light re-coat may be necessary and for goodness sake, warm the oil this time. This is day two now and your no amateur your a seasoned (pun intended) vet. Now that the weekends almost over will have to do these steps all at once so after a re-coat pour a cup of coffee and regroup as that oven heats up. So after sipping some coffee and coming to the realization that the weekend is over and tomorrow is Monday cheer up with the thought that priest around the world are thinking ‘thank god its almost Monday’. So with that oven a piping hot 350 go ahead and tuck those oiled up utensils right in and set a timer for 2 minutes, yep, 2 minutes. Not enough to do much so lets just reflect on this great weekend project and how much we have accomplished…….. Ok, times up and time to shut things down. Turn the oven off and pour a second cup its time to watch those newly seasoned pieces of art cool down. You earned this break; enjoy it you seasoning champion.

So, I’m sure we have all enjoyed that obviuosly over the top way of approaching a very simple task (no one is winning a jet fighter here), but for those who would like an easier to follow list approach on how to season here it is.

Ensure utensils are clean and thoroughly dry before seasoning

Step 1: start to preheat oven to 350

Step 2: on stove top warm extra virgin olive oil until warm to the touch

Step 3: wipe oil on utensil covering every part thoroughly then place on a tray lined with parchment paper

Step 4: once oven is at temperature place utensils in for 2 minutes

Step 5: allow utensil to cool then wipe off any residue and task complete

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