A few years back, I wrote about how much I love flat edged wooden spoons. My long-time favorite, a cheap bamboo wok paddle, had finally cracked. I was looking for a new favorite spoon, and bought a bunch of different spoons to see if I could find a replacement for my trusted wok paddle.
I realized I had my new favorite as I was rooting through my utensil crock, pushing aside other wooden spoons, and hoping that Michael Ruhlman’s flat edged wooden paddle wasn’t in the dishwasher.
Ruhlman’s paddles come in three sizes, and I have the set. My favorite is the spankette “spankie” flat edged wooden paddle - 12 inches long, with a 2 ¾ inch wide head, made of acacia wood. It fits into all my pots, and is the one I reach for the most. I only use the medium “spankette” size when my spankie is being washed, and I save the jumbo “spanker” for when I’m stirring a huge pot of chili. Or when I need to get the kids attention.
|The winner - spankette.|
Why a flat edged wooden spoon? If my love letter to flat edged spoons didn’t convince you, here’s Mr. Ruhlman’s ranting about how useless round spoons are in the kitchen:
Stupid Kitchen Tools from michael ruhlman on Vimeo.
Dalton-Ruhlman flat edged paddles are only available through OpenSky, and they’re kind of expensive; the prices work out to about $15 a spoon, plus shipping. I think they’re worth it at twice the price.
Two spankies on OpenSky.com
Set of all three paddle sizes on OpenSky.com
(And, while you’re there, check out Ruhlman’s offset metal spoons. I have the perforated egg spoon, and I’m lusting after the others - they look so useful. But I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on more spoons. Yet.)
All my “Things I Love” posts are about products I use and purchased myself. I did not receive any form of compensation to write this. I do not get any compensation from OpenSky if you buy through the links (they don’t have an affiliate program), but If you buy something through one of my Amazon links, I do get a small commission.
What do you think?
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