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Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Plastic or metal

Having and using the right tools in the kitchen can make the difference between an “ok meal” and a finger-licking good one that will remain memorable. In this age of extreme discoveries and innovations, when your average cooking store carries at last four versions of every tool and thousands more are available on the Internet, it’s not easy to choose the right tool for your daily cooking.

Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen Utensils

One confusing aspect is trying to decide between plastic, metal and wood, as all of them are available to buy in all shapes and forms. Don’t worry. With the right information, you too can pick the perfect tool for your cooking. Why wood? Ask most people why they choose wooden utensils over plastic ones and they will simply tell you “Because it’s better!”. They are not wrong, of course, but the question remains, why is wood better than plastic or even metal? One of the first reasons is that it looks better. Wooden spoons, spatulas and even chopping boards look way much better than colorful plastic ones. They even look good when you’re not using them, stored in a nice utensil jar on the counter or displayed nicely on the wall. The wooden serving boards or trays are something that you won’t see in every home and having at last one set to use when entertaining guests will guarantee you a good impression in front of anyone. Another reason is that other materials, like metal, can change the taste of acidic foods like tomato sauce – this will never happen when using wooden utensils, so you can forget about that metallic taste that some of the metal spoons leave. Wooden utensils don’t conduct heat, so even if you leave them in the pot they won’t melt or get too hot to handle. They’re incredibly durable and, well, they just feel good in your hand. Holding a metal spoon can be uncomfortable to grip, while hard edges can damage delicate ingredients. The wooden spoon or spatula handle is gently rounded and feels nice in your hand. And you just feel comfortable when using it. Wood is always a good choice when you’re working with hot foods that require frequent stirring, such as risottos, some soups and candy. In fact, even the world’s best-known chefs with Michelin stars recommend wooden spoons when working with candy syrups, as they help distribute heat evenly. Wood is also a good choice when working with delicate copper cookware or nonstick cookware, as it won’t scratch the surface. They also won’t scratch your cast iron or stainless steel pots, and as opposed to metal utensils, they are nice and quiet to use. Plastic utensils, as previously stated, can melt if they come into contact with burner elements, such as the sides of pots or hot syrups.

Serving Trays

Serving Trays


Another issue with them is bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical found in some plastics that may hinder development in infants and children. So I’m asking, why risk it? Some people complain that wood retains the flavor of pungent foods, and they are not wrong. It can, but there’s an easy fix for this: Keep one spoon for savory dishes and one for sweets. Do this for wooden cutting boards, too, and your favorite apple pie will never taste like garlic or onions again. Another, I would say, highly exaggerated wooden-utensil concern is that they are flammable. Well, so are a lot of things hanging around your kitchen. You shouldn’t leave a spoon or a spatula or any other wooden utensil anywhere that it can catch on fire. If you do this with metal, it will burn you, and if you do it with plastic, it will melt and probably destroy your cooker in the process. Best bet: Keep your spoons—and most other things—away from fire. While all of these facts already tip the scale in favor of wooden utensils, there is also an emotional reason to use them, which comes from the comforting, familiar way wood feels in your hand—not cold and severe like stainless steel, or characterless and dull like plastic. Wood retains memories in a way that metal and plastic cannot. It shows signs of use, gathering scars like a soldier in a battle. It changes color and texture, wears and ages, even changes shape. If I look at one of my wooden spoons I can see a dent from that Christmas dinner two years ago or a red spot from my last summer strawberry pie… it was there, watching how my cooking evolves and perfects. So, even if having the right wooden utensils won’t transform you into an excellent cook over night, at least you’ll know that you’re heading in the right direction.

Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Benji NO, who’s he

Benji NO

Hello there!

My name is Benji NO, you probably saw me around the website or on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Benji.Obique ) and you’re wonder what’s the deal with me.

Benji NO

Hi, I’m Benji NO

Well, I am the new Sales Manager at Obique. I’ve been with them since I was only a baby, crying and nagging them all day long. Now, I’m an adult and I take my job seriously.

Here at Obique, I’ve learnt that wooden products are the best! We sell hundreds of them and I can say with my paw on my heart that I’ve sniffed all of them and they are great quality items. All the products designed and manufactured for children – from furniture to toys – are made only from natural wood of different essences and finished with water based paints and lacquers in order to be 100% child safe (I know they’re safe, I’ve eaten lots of them when I was younger… )

Besides the wide range of wooden items, we also have shabby chic or vintage style home decorations. I might be only 1 year old, but I still love them, as they bring that extra something to the room. Look, I have a clock from our collection on my wall, at home:

Vintage Style Shabby Chic MDF Super Large Birds Scene Wall Clock

Vintage Style Shabby Chic MDF Super Large Birds Scene Wall Clock

Adding glass products made from recycled glass was my idea and I’m pretty proud of it. As you can imagine, I am a big lover of the outdoors and I like the thought that our products are 100% safe for the environment, as they were all made from recycled glass. If you browse through our products you will see that we have hundreds of them and they are all beautiful and unique in their own way. That’s the thing with the handmade or mouth blown items – they are all different! Even if you take 2 items of the same model and you put them one next to the other, you will notice that they are slightly different – you should trust me on this one, my eyesight is really good!

I have some glass products of my own and I use them to keep my doggy treats as they look fantastic anywhere!

Benji's wish

My wish came true

One day we were working on this new collection of handmade glass items and a strange thing happened. My colleagues told me to close my eyes and make a wish, so I did. Of course I wished for a doggy treat – and guess what? When I opened my eyes, the biscuit was there on the table, ready for me to grab! Amazing!! Tend to believe that these items are magical…

Benji's treats

My treats

We are working on extending our range of products all the time, so you should follow me and my colleagues constantly as we might just surprise you.

Woof woof!


If you liked the products I have and you want them, all you need to do is click on their image bellow:

 Vintage Style Shabby Chic MDF Super Large Birds Scene Wall Clock

Vintage Style Shabby Chic MDF Super Large Birds Scene Wall Clock

Handmade Vintage Style Footed Glass Candy or Cookies Display Jar With Lid, Decorative Display

Handmade Vintage Style Footed Glass Candy or Cookies Display Jar With Lid, Decorative Display

Handmade Green and Yellow Thick Walled Recycled Glass Nuts Bowl

Handmade Green and Yellow Thick Walled Recycled Glass Nuts Bowl

Handmade Transparent Yellow Square Thick Walled Recycled Glass Candle Holder or Vase

Handmade Transparent Yellow Square Thick Walled Recycled Glass Candle Holder or Vase

Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Why recycled glass?

The most important thing that everybody needs to know is that glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity; it does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.

Let’s see how the glass recycling process works:

  • The glass factory or the glass treatment plant receives the glass collected form the domestic or industrial consumers;
  •  The glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities;
  •  The glass is then crushed and melted, then molded into new products such as bottles and jars.

Recycled Glass

As simple as that!

All the glass products that you will find on our website are made from 100% recycled glass. We take great pride in our collection of recycled glassware and we believe that combining them you can have hundreds of beautiful sets to use as you please.

The jars and glass containers can be filled with flowers, branches, and stones to bring your little own garden indoors. Unleashing your creativity you can develop lots of mini terrariums sets!

If you have a green thumb but minimal garden space, why not create your own mini-world full of lush and beautiful plants by making your own terrarium? … Terrariums are easy-to-make, low-maintenance gardens, and can last almost indefinitely with minimal water.

For those passionate about the DYI and arts and crafts, our glassware can be successfully used for organizing the loose buttons and threads in your craft room.

In the kitchen, the products are perfect for storing your spices, herbs, pasta, cereals, grains and even fruits or sweets.

No party or get-together is complete without a nice delicious candy bar buffet. Imagination is you limit in how you can use and combine the glass items into creating a beautiful arrangement.

Including a candy buffet table at your celebration is a great way to make sure your guests remember your day long after it passes. Not only does it add a bit of nostalgic fun and whimsy when you include different types of candy and sweets, but it also acts as a conversation-starter and a way to turn people who once were strangers into friends with shared memories.

Create a candy buffet that even Willy Wonka would be proud of with our fabulous glass jars and containers!

Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Why are wooden toys better for our children?

Nowadays, when it comes to toys, the market is over saturated with plastic products for children. This material became very cheap, making it more affordable for parents to buy toys made out of plastic. As far as we know, plastic is a synthetic material created through a chemical process in order to give it structure, texture and colour. And as chemicals are involved, how safe can our children be? Health is one of the reasons why we should reconsider getting wooden toys for our kids. Let’s see others.

Why choose wooden toys?
Wooden toys have been around for ages and passed the test of time because they are simple yet versatile. Plain activities such as making cookies at their own toy kitchen, or riding a wooden horse make a child engage more with the object and sparks creativity. How many stories have been created around your wooden horse when you were little?
Even if the price is a bit on the expensive side comparing to their plastic counterparts, wooden toys are durable, reusable and nontoxic, being suitable even for toddlers. So that your children can share the same toys and create lasting memories together.

At Obique we believe in creating the highest possible quality of children’s toys from the best materials available on the market. We take great pride in our handmade wooden toys and create solid wood furniture, painted with child safe varnishes for your children’s well-being.

Toy Work Bench With Wooden Hammer and Six Wooden Cylinders

Wooden Toy Work Bench With Wooden Hammer and Six Wooden Cylinders

Obique Children's Wooden Toy Work Bench With 24 Pieces, Including Hammer, Wrench, Screwdriver, Bolts

Obique Children’s Wooden Toy Work Bench With 24 Pieces, Including Hammer, Wrench, Screwdriver, Bolts

Check out our products at http://obique.com/store/ and on our Amazon store.

Plastic or Metal versus Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Decorating your home in a Vintage Shabby Chic Style

Shabby Chic is a very comfortable and casual home decoration style that uses pastels and vintage images and distressed look and feel. First appearing in the 1980’s in the United Kingdom and specific to cottage style living, the shabby chic style soon became very popular all types of homes.

Don’t let the word `shabby` fool you. The style might look a bit unstructured and lacking clear rules but it adds a timeless aesthetic and elegance to your home. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles in order to get that Shabby Chic appearance.

The unique shabby chic style uses a lot of white, neutrals and bright objects with a hint to country style living, delivering a comfortably worn and casual interior look. The main characteristic of shabby chic products is the aged, distressed look with soft flower, animal and other patterns on textiles applied to furniture and home décor products.


Lots of everyday items could be termed shabby chic based upon the appearance of age with all the signs of wear and tear. Alternatively a modern production item could be distressed to achieve the appearance of an older item and easily adapted to a Shabby Chic look. If the mirror has scratches, scratch it some more and if the paint’s chipped, then you should consider yourself lucky.

So, before visiting your grandmother’s loft to find shabby chic items, check out our Shabby Chic Decorations in our online store and in our listings on Amazon.

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