Caring for wood kitchen utensils or old wood ware (often called treen) might seem like a simple task. A lot of people do nothing to their old wooden items. But as wood ages, it dries out and can crack or warp. If you have old or collectible wooden items such as spoons, bowls, and cutting boards, caring for them with spoon butter can help prolong their usefulness as well as their good looks.
Many recipes for spoon butter contain mineral oil. I don’t like to use petroleum-based products on items used to prepare or store food. However, most other oils can become rancid over time. Another option for making spoon butter is coconut oil mixed with beeswax. Coconut oil is stable, doesn’t turn rancid quickly, and is readily available. It is also a solid at room temperature. A ratio of one part beeswax to three parts coconut oil seems to work well.
It is usually fairly easy to find bars of beeswax, but these can be difficult to cut into the proper portions. Beeswax is also available in pearls which are easier to use and melt more quickly than the bars.
To prepare the spoon butter, put the three parts of coconut oil into a quart jar and add the beeswax on top of that. Place the jar in a saucepan with an inch or two of water in the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer over low/medium heat. Let the mixture melt, stirring occasionally, until all the beeswax has melted. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. To store, put a lid on the jar and place in a cool cupboard until ready to use. The mixture will keep for some time when stored in a cool location.
To apply the spoon butter, make sure the wood surfaces are very clean and completely dry. Using your hands or a clean, lint-free cloth, apply a generous amount of the butter working it in over the entire surface of the wood. Let this sit overnight in order to soak in deeply. The following day, use another lint-free cloth to buff off the residual oil. The result should be a satiny smooth surface that is not greasy. Reapply the butter whenever you notice your wood utensils and boards becoming too dry.
Tip: Because the coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it may take some experimentation to get the measurements of your mixture right. It’s easiest to measure the coconut oil by warming it to the consistency of a thick liquid.
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