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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kitchen Carvings - Handcrafted Wood Kitchen Utensils - #HGG Holiday Gift Guide - Review & Giveaway - Ends 12/4 US & CAN

We are a family that always eats in for dinner--we never eat out.  So we count ourselves as pretty good cooks, since the kids never have too many complaints about dinner.  While we cook, we love durable and dependable utensils to cook with.  One utensil that we cannot cook without is a good wooden spoon.  Our last good wooden spoon was laid to rest about a month ago.  We have been searching for one to replace it, but we could not find one at a store that compared to that great old spoon that we have had for many years.

In order to find a good quality wooden spoon, I knew I had to find one that was made by hand.  My search took me to Etsy.  While there, I found a shop that makes best quality of wooden cooking utensils I have ever seen--Kitchen Carvings on Etsy.

Two coffee scoops in their beginning stages
Kitchen Carvings, owned by Robert Kidd, is full of wooden spoons of all different sizes.  I was in seventh heaven looking through all the different wooden spoons his shop has to offer,  There were large to medium to small spoons.  Spoons made just for serving, some for stirring, others made as a colander.  Each is a different creation that are meant to be used in your kitchen and for dining.

Wooden spoons are not the only kitchen and dining utensils that Kitchen Carvings creates.   You will find an assortment of spatulas, saute tools, salad and pasta servers, and another type of spoon--a coffee scoop (which is almost a must item in each and every kitchen).  Many of his wooden utensils are antique reproductions.  Robert also makes bookmarks from wood.  They are truly a delight for the bookworm in your life.

Each item that Robert makes is a little piece of art.  Much of Robert's wood that he uses comes from salvaged wood.  Robert just can't throw wood away.  He doesn't see a scrap of wood, he sees a new kitchen utensil hiding beneath its surface just waiting to be carved out.  He uses all different types of wood: plum, oak, bird's eye maple, cherry, olive, to just name a few.

Robert puts a lot of care into the making of his wooden utensils.  Here is how he finishes them:

The utensils are "pre-washed" so to speak. During the final sanding the grain is raised twice with hot water and then the loose fiber ends are sanded off with a finer grit of sandpaper so that in use the spoon will not get rough. Then it is soaked in a bath of melted beeswax and mineral oil at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let me give you a little more insight on the wooden spoon that we chose to review.  It is a cherry spoon that is about 16" long.  The bowl of the spoon is about 3" across, and at the opposite end is a small tasting spoon which is great for making sure the flavors are just right.  It is perfect for needs of our large family.  When we make homemade spaghetti sauce, a stew, a soup, it is made in a large pot.  We need a large spoon to stir it with. My husband, the chief cook of the family and a chef, himself, for many years, much prefers cooking with wooden cooking utensils.  This cherry spoon from Kitchen Carvings has his seal of approval, and that makes me happy!  As a side note, my husband will be using this spoon for his homemade baklava at Christmas.

I Love my Cherry Spoon with the tasting spoon!
Holiday Gift Idea!

This is the shop to go to to find a perfect gift for the holidays.  Each and every one of Kitchen Carvings wooden utensils will make a perfect gift for someone.  Who doesn't need a new kitchen utensil?  With quality like this, it would make anyone happy to open up a gift containing one of Kitchen Carvings ultimate wooden.  Prices for a quality handcrafted wooden utensil start at only $12; bookmarks are only $10.50.  If you don't see exactly what you want from the stock on hand, just send Robert a message.  He will be happy to custom make you a custom wooden utensil.

Keep connected with KitchenCarvings:
KitchenCarvings on Etsy
KitchenCarvings on Facebook

With many thanks to Robert of Kitchen Carvings, one person is going to win a Cherry Wood Salad Set very similar to ones pictured above--$32 Value!  Both mandatory entries must be completed in order to be considered entered.  This giveaway will end on December 4, 2012, and is open to US and Canada.
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No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Many thanks to the sponsor who provided a product or sample for this Review & Giveaway. I received no monetary compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." This Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Google, Facebook, or Twitter. Good Luck!

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