Small Pleasures – Beeswax and Wooden Spoons

Twice a year I like to season my wooden spoons and cutting boards. Some of my wooden spoons were starting to look like they needed some TLC so I pulled out my wooden stuff and got to work seasoning them.

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There is something calming about this chore (plus, it leaves your hands super soft). First, you pull out all the wooden implements you have that are in need of a re-boot. For me this includes wooden spoons, cutting boards, wood-handled knives, and a wooden bowls I scored last Christmas from a second-hand shop. Then you get to spend some time lovingly caring for those hardworking kitchen utensils that work so hard for you every day.

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Second, apply the beeswax salve on dry and clean articles (recipe below) and let stand overnight.

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Third, the next day take a piece of cloth (I use an old terry nursing blanket) and buff the wax salve into the wood, creating a nice waterproof (and slightly darker) sheen to the wood. This compound is 100% food-safe and leaves the wood soft and smelling slightly like beeswax.

 

Recipe for Spoon Oil (wood butter)

16 oz. mineral oil

1/4 pound of beeswax (113.4 grams)

  1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a gentle boil.
  2. Place your beeswax inside a 2 quart glass measuring cup or a 1 quart glass jar; set the glass into the gently boiling water.
  3. Place the container of mineral oil inside another medium saucepan filled with water and heat to low. The mineral oil just needs to be warmed to mix with the beeswax; no need for a rolling boil.
  4. Once all the wax has melted, turn off the stove and carefully add the warmed mineral oil to the beeswax;stirring with a spoon to combine.
  5. Using a towel around the handle of the measuring cup, carefully pour the liquid into each jar fit with the canning funnel;filling them almost to the top.
  6. Finish filling all jars and wait for to cool and firm up before using.

Store in a light tight container and in relatively cool spot.

I am planning on making a fresh batch of the spoon oil this Christmas for gifts. The recipe is super easy and lasts a good while. You can pour the mixture into any glass jars, just make sure the jar doesn’t have a small opening so you can easily reach the spoon oil.

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Happy buffing!

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