MasterChef judge reveals hack to clean your wooden spoons – be ready for the disgusting results

If you thought that cleaning your wooden spoon thoroughly was as easy as lathering up a sponge and quickly scrubbing it with Fairy Liquid, you would be wrong.

Although your wooden utensils may look clean, chances are they’re not as one Australian woman found out.

In a Facebook post, seen by, the woman explained that she carried out a hack for cleaning spoons that she had learnt from former MasterChef judge Matt Preston a few years back.

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She soaked her spoon in boiling water and the results were “revolting”. She then shared a snap of the spoon in a container filled with yellowing and very dirty-looking water, which looked to be filled with oil particles.

What’s more, it also had a layer of film on it, which had all been trapped inside her spoon.

Alongside the picture, the woman wrote: “Does anyone soak their wooden spoons in boiling water? Mine always go into the dishwasher every night but that doesn’t stop what gets absorbed. Revolting really.”

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Many were quick to comment on the post, with one person writing: “I find they have a funky taste if they have been soaked in water so I just grab cheap ones often, chuck them after a few uses or else the taste leaches into foods or they crack.”

Another added: “That’s why I use silicone spatulas! I know they are clean.”

A third commented: “No wooden spoons or boards in my kitchen at all for this reason.”

MasterChef judge Matt, who is also an acclaimed food critic and author, first shared this trick back in 2016 in Delicious magazine. He explained that the real test for wooden spoon cleanliness was to put them in boiling water.

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He told the publication: “Give it a sniff. Phew, stinky! And you were going to stir your custard with that?”

“Ask for a silicone spatula instead. They’re hygienic, heat-resistant and flexible, so they are great for getting into the corner of a pan or getting every last skerrick out of a bowl.”

We are not sure we even want to try this with our wooden spoons… sometimes ignorance is bliss!

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