The quarantine has been hard — especially in my kitchen. Because I’ve been cooking more these last few months than ever before, my kitchen — more specifically, all its gear — has had a tough go. My favorite casserole dish got a hairline crack right through the middle, rendering it too dangerous to use. I accidentally knocked an entire row of double-walled glass coffee mugs off their shelf. And the spoon part of a wooden spoon that I had sentimental attachment to literally just fell off the other day — mid-stir!
I did get a replacement casserole dish. I figured the mug thing was a sign that I had too many coffee cups. As for the spoon, well, you can’t really replace something with sentimental value. And, honestly, I already have the most perfect stirrer in the world. I should have left my hand-carved spoon on display and, instead, reached for my large spoon from Epicurean’s Chef Series.
Buy: Epicurean Chef Series Utensils, $15 at Epicurean
What’s so great about this spoon? A lot, actually! Thank you for asking. It’s made of composite material that, unlike wood, won’t ever fade, crack, stain, or split. Again unlike wood, these spoons (and other Epicurean products) can actually go in the dishwasher. It’s also got a long sturdy handle, deep bowl, and a nice beveled edge for scooping.
And I’m not the only Kitchn editor who loves this thing. Our Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, made a compelling case for it to win the top spot as the single best spoon in our Kitchn Essentials list. (She also made the case for Epicurean’s All-in-One Cutting Board, which is made out of the same material — plus, it has a groove for juices and rubber feet for stability.)
I’ve had my Epicurean spoon for a few years now and it honestly looks just as good as the day I got it. So when we say it’s the last wooden spoon you’ll ever have to buy, we mean it. Unless, say, you also want a hand-carved one for display purposes.
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