What do you use a Wood Mallet for?
I can’t count how many times I have been at a fair or farmer’s market and people have picked up our wooden mallets and asked “What do you use this for?” That is when a list starts running through my head because a wood mallet is one of the most handy things you can have around!
I am not a big fan of kitchen tools that only serve one purpose or function. I have very few tools in my kitchen (except maybe my garlic press) that I don’t use for multiple tasks. The wooden mallet is NOT one of those one-task wonders. In fact, a wooden mallet is also very handy to have around for outdoor tasks as well. You’ll want to get two so that one stays outside and one stays in the kitchen.
When looking for a wood mallet you want it to be made out of hardwood and fashioned out of one piece of wood for strength. Our hardwood mallets are handcrafted out of Maple on a lathe by The Carpenter. You can see them HERE.
Uses for a Quality Hardwood Mallet in the HOME
Tenderizing and Pounding Meat
Meat that is an even thickness will cook at an even rate. A hardwood mallet has a good weight to help with that task but isn’t too heavy. It is easily cleaned after any cooking task.
Simply place your piece of meat between two layers of plastic wrap or in a gallon bag. Pound evenly to get a uniform thickness. Then it is ready for making Chicken Cordon Bleu.
Open a Hard Squash
Acorn Squash are good for eating but they put up a fight. A good knife and a wood mallet make the job super simple.
First, put the squash on a towel to prevent it form rolling. Place your knife on the squash and then pound it into the squash with your wood mallet. The wood mallet will not damage your knife. Once it is half way through, take it out, flip the squash over and pound the knife in again to split the squash. So much more simple than any other method.
Pitting Olives can be time consuming and messy. Simply crowd a few olives together on a cutting board and give them a good wack. The pits are quickly pulled out.
Breaking up a garlic head or getting the skin off individual cloves is a breeze with a wood mallet. Your time spent peeling and mashing cloves is minimal when you use a mallet. Plus, you don’t get the garlicky smell all over your hands. One strike with a mallet on a clove and the skin will pop right off. Once the skin is off smash away with a little salt.
Mash Garlic or Ginger
Mincing Ginger and garlic can be a pain. Once you are done giving it a rough chop, finish it up with a good mashing. If you add a little salt will also help the process.
Cracking hard shell crabs
The hard wood mallet is a great tool for getting those treasured morsels out of those hard shells
I must admit this is a favorite. You come home after a long day put some ice in a clean towel, wack it a few times and then you make yourself a cold drink and relax. Nothing like smacking something that doesn’t harm anything to release tension.
Crushing Spices and Peppercorns
As I said before I am not a big fan of one use items in my kitchen so I do not have a spice grinder. A plastic bag and a wooden mallet make short work of the job and I don’t need another specialized tool. Just beware that your bag will likely tear in the process so the ground spices will have to stored in another container.
Pounding Leaves and Lemongrass
Pounding a stalk of lemongrass will help release oils and flavors. Pounding leaves when making a salve helps infuse the oils into the salve.
Uses for a Quality Hardwood Mallet in the Shop or the Great Outdoors
My Carpenter loves his wooden mallets. In fact he has several designs he uses on a regular basis.
When using a chisel you never want to use a hammer with a metal head. It will dent and break the end of your chisel. A hard wood mallet will not hurt your chisel handles and create less impact stress. With a round mallet you can grab the mallet without taking your eyes off of your work, swing the mallet and know that which ever side is facing the chisel is going to work. The square mallets you need to double check that it is facing the right way before you swing.
Driving stakes and wedges
When driving wooden stakes into the ground you always want to use a wood or rubber mallet because a metal head hammer will damage the wood. A wood mallet is versatile and can be used on many surfaces.
When we go to local fairs and markets and people ask about our mallets the most common question is “Is this for bonking fish?” I love that question! It makes me smile. I tell them that it would work perfect for that. Invariably they then refer to “bonking” their companion. Oh my… people are so funny. So…It’s just got to go on the list because it would be a great tool for that. I have gone deep sea fishing only a couple times and fish are amazingly strong. They can easily hurt a person if not knocked a bit first.
And Much More…
Do you have any more uses for a wooden mallet? Share in the comments!
If you would like a specialty size or design you can also contact us for custom sizing at admin (at) ladyandthecarpenter(dot)com.
Here are a few mallets we have custom made in the past