I recently saw a butter recipe that caught my eye on Pinterest, but it wasn’t for eating….it was for keeping your wooden spoons, bowls, platters, and cutting boards in tip-top shape. I’ve always known it was important to oil your cutting board, but I never thought about my spoons, etc. That explains why my wooden spoons always end up splitting. The extremely dry climate I live in doesn’t help!
So I decided to give my wooden kitchen utensils a little tender, loving care and make them a batch of Spoon Butter.
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I did some research and found that MOST of the recipes for Spoon Butter (or Wood Butter) are a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil. But since mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum production, and not something I necessarily want to rub all over my food preparation surfaces, I kept looking. Which is not as easy as it sounds because it turns out a lot of oils go rancid quickly and aren’t suitable for this application. So I decided to try my old friend, extra-virgin coconut oil, which is quite stable, and won’t go bad quickly. My wooden items soaked it up and have a new restored sheen. They are better protected from drying, cracking and staining too!
Place a mason jar inside a saucepan on the stove. Fill the saucepan water until it reaches halfway up the mason jar. Turn stove to a medium-low heat. Add beeswax and coconut oil to your jar (1 part beeswax, 3 parts coconut oil) and allow to melt. Once melted, give oil a good stir to help emulsify it and carefully remove the jar from water bath to allow to cool. Seal with a lid.
Optional: Once the mixture has cooled, add a few drops of lemon essential oil . Lemon EO has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties and will add a nice, clean scent!
To use, scoop out a small amount of the butter and slather it into wooden spoons, cutting boards, etc and allow oil to absorb overnight. Any residual oil can be wiped off the next day. Reapply every month or so, or when they start to look dry.
BONUS: Your hands will feel extra soft afterwards!
I only made a small batch for my first attempt but am going to be needing more soon! Next time I think I will make a bigger batch and put it into small jars and give them as gifts along with a nice wooden spoon. I would love to get such a fun and unexpected gift! :-)