A honey dipper, or honey spoon, is a wooden utensil made from grooved wood. Unusually, the handle is also wooden, but in some cases, it is made of iron, aluminum, or plastic. Some more expensive honey dippers/honey-spoons are made of decorative glass. These are, of course, fragile. In many counties where the instruments have been preserved, there is evidence that original honey dippers were made from baked clay with heavy iron content (giving them a red glow). In most modern kitchens and television ads, the consensus is that dippers are usually made of wood.
In many broadcast programs titled “how to make a honey dipper”, honey dippers are made using a single piece of hardy wood. Usually pine is not preferable due to its fragility. Most woodworkers prefer to use maple wood as it is resistant to concussive force even when molded down. The wood is treated with a resin prior to the molding process. It is then grinded down using “wood turning” techniques until the general shape of the honey dipper/ honey spoon is achieved. Lastly, the object is varnished with a “cutting board” oil. After a 24-hour waiting period, it is ready and lubricated for the churning of honey.
How To Use:
The following is a step by step guide on how to use a honey dipper/ honey spoon:
- Gather a jar of honey, make sure that it is not stale. If the honey has set and thickened, stir it with a long, metal utensil prior to use.
- Gather your honey spoon and rinse it with cold water.
- Dunk your spoon/dipper into the jar of honey until it is drenched in honey. Make sure to twist to cover all the grooves.
- Pull out (lol) the utensil and run It over the food you intend to cover.
- If you are putting it into a liquid, kindly submerge the entire spoon into the liquid and wait. Twist the utensil to speed up the mixing process. Generally, you want the liquid to be warm to hot. Honey might not mix well with colder liquids.
- Wash your utensil with soap and a sponge. Honey is a carbohydrate, and therefore will come off pretty easily/dissolve.
- Wash your hands and put your spoon/dipper away. Make sure it is dry to preserve the wood from damage. Also, it is advisable to wash your hands and close the honey jar.
Why it is a honey spoon grooved?
Honey Spoons/ dippers have a distinct, grooved head. Many people wonder why this is the case. The answer is quite simple. When we go back top physics and get on the topic of surface tension. Surface tension on a plan surface is low because a substance has little area to submerge itself. On a grooved surface, surface area is magnified by allowing honey to enter crevices. The natural law of surface tension forces honey in the jar to try to attach to the honey in the grooves to create a smooth surface. This, in turn, forces honey to attach to itself and stick to the spoon/dipper. Thus, the design is intentionally created to force a semi-liquid to temporarily stick to the surface of the utensil.
Beating People with Honey Spoon:
Because a honey spoon is rigid in some parts, it makes a great tool for spanking, beating, and hitting. We must be mindful that a glass object, or porcelain is not preferable when someone offends you because it is fragile and will break, and you will likely get a serious knuckle sandwich in return. For this purpose, only gentle beatings can be done with a honey spoon. Even a solid oak honey spoon is not a good option for performing a beating, it will likely break.