Molinillos (moh-lee-NEE-yo) are great for stirring and frothing a delicious Hot Chocolate treat. They appear a little daunting to clean, but care for a molinillo is similar to care for other wooden cooking utensils. Be sure to clean the thoroughly soon after you are done making your hot chocolate. Due to the expansion of wood in water, soaking is not recommended.
- Wet your scrubbing pad or dish cloth in warm soapy water with a mild soap
- Scrub until all pieces of chocolate residue are gone
- Rinse well under water and dry thoroughly with a towel.
- After that, set or hang to dry before storing
- Sanitize with vinegar and lemon juice periodically
- While its not good to soak wooden utensils frequently, you can sanitize with vinegar to disinfect. Soak in equal parts vinegar and hot water for half an hour, then rinse and dry.
- Extend life of the molinillo with food safe oil
- Use a paper towel to wipe mineral oil or coconut oil over the molinillo. Let sit for 20-30 minutes and wipe off with a clean cloth. You can do this step before using for the first time as well to extend the life of the molinillo.