The problem with using wood in the kitchen is that it becomes dry and weathered as it is exposed to water and heat. I have a large array of wooden utensils (and yes, I do somehow use them all), and some of them, particularly the older ones I've had since we got married nearly 3 years ago, have really started to dry-out and show wear.
|The 5 bamboo utensils on the left seem not to dry out as quickly as other types of wood utensils|
Many recipes for wood butter include the use of mineral oil. Since this is a petroleum product, I didn't feel comfortable using it on utensils that I use to prepare food. Instead, I decided to use coconut oil (other suggestions included jojoba oil and olive oil) and beeswax.
|Coconut oil and beeswax melted together|
You can use this wood butter on pretty much any wood product to condition and moisturize. I used it to condition my wooden utensils today, and plan to use it on several other projects in the future.
To recondition my utensils, I lightly sanded the ones that had that "fuzzy feeling" that dry wood utensils get.
Then I rubbed a small amount of wood butter into the utensils, wiping off the excess after a few minutes of letting the utensils "soak" in the wood butter.
The results were great! Take a look at the "before" and "after" of some of the utensils who needed this TLC the most
So that means we can cross off one of the items on the Operation Nesting list.