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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Eighth Day of Gadgets — A Wooden Fork

Wooden ForkStrictly speaking, a fork probably isn't a gadget. No moving parts, it doesn't go *ding*, it has no owner's manual. But no matter — every kitchen should have at least three.

They're comforting to use, they age gracefully, and they don't scratch non-stick surfaces. They stir, they scrape, they chop soft things during cooking. They shouldn't go in the dishwasher, nor should they soak in the sink for very long.

Yes, plastic utensils do all the same things that wooden ones do, plus they're dishwasher safe. But wooden utensils become your familiar kitchen companions in a way that plastic utensils don't. The down side to that is that the mourning period for a beloved wooden utensil that gets broken is much longer than that for a plastic one (roughly four seconds).

On that note, be sure to put your favorite wooden fork in a safe place when you're not using it. Take it from one who knows: There are few things that dogs would rather chew on than a flavored stick.
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:02 PM