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If I'm using up the last of one package of crème fraîche and then starting on a newer package (later "best by" date), I avoid using the same spoon because of a theory that the newer package will get spoilt quicker.

Does anyone know if there is any sense in this?

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Food in general spoils when bacteria, fungus, and other little bugs eat the food, multiply into more, create waste, and then die. I would imagine that the increased population of "bugs" found on a old, used, not washed spoon would cause the decomposition of new creme fraiche to accelerate, but if you wash the spoon, then no-problem.

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I'm with you there. I always change spoon before starting a new product. – BaffledCook Sep 11 '11 at 19:42

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