I just fell in love with Paddlewood Designs’ wooded cooking utensils. They are so pretty it took me a solid week to work up the courage to actually cook with them. Now, my old spoons and spatulas lie abandoned in a drawer while these beauties take center stage on my kitchen counter.
I have a secret. I love the look and smell of wood, appreciate great craftsmanship and enjoy working in the kitchen. I, however, can not stand the feeling of raw wood. Truly, it’s a problem. I can not eat a Popsicle or any other frozen confection off a stick. It makes my skin crawl.
That said , I could not stay away from the beauty of these cooking paddles or the mystique of their origins.
Each paddle is handcrafted in a tradition first used for surfboards in the 1960’s. The coolness of these cooking utensil’s heritage caught my attention immediately. I come from a long line of men and women who value craftsmanship and artistry. Throw in a good back story and you have my attention.
My instincts were right on. The paddles arrived at my home silky smooth to the touch.
I used the 10″ Carmel made with Canary, Purple Heart and Teak wood to frost warm brownies this week in place of my offset spatula. I plan to stew wild berries later this summer. I think this dainty paddle will be the right length, shape and weight for the job.
The 14″ Maverick made from Padauck, English Brown Oak, and Canary wood is great for just about everything else. For me, the Maverick takes the place of both a traditional wooden spoon and a rubber spatula. I use my Maverick to both mix and fold fillings like a ricotta cheese mixture, scramble eggs or saute a quick stir fry.
I wrote the company to let them know how much I like their paddles. In return, Paddlewood Designs sent me a sneak peak of some of the products they are working on. The images are all breath taking. My favorite are these Ice Tea Paddles. I can not wait give them a try. They will set just the right tone for a backyard party this summer. The possibilities are endless, I better start planning…