If your wooden spoons and cutting boards have seen better days, use this DIY to give them some TLC!
My taste in home decor certainly leans a bit “country chic” (living in a mountain valley will do it for you!) This means that when I shop for home goods and have to choose between something plastic versus something made of wood, I usually end up select the tree setting.
This is especially true when it comes to kitchen items, so wood is very well represented in both my own kitchen and the kitchen in OGT Studio. For everything from kitchen utensils to cutting boards, I find that wood is a little more expensive, but usually lasts much longer than their plastic counterparts.
However, wooden kitchen items are not maintenance-free, and their service life depends to a large extent on how well you take care of them. And this is where today’s blog post comes in, because today I share my DIY approach to keeping my wooden spoons and other kitchen items in tip-top shape: homemade “spoon butter!”
What is Spoon Butter?
Spoon butter (also called “butcher block cream” or “cutting board cream”) is a homemade concoction used to moisten, care for and protect untreated wood. If left to their own devices, wooden objects cutting boards and wooden spoons can dry out and even split over time, but regular application of spoon butter can help keep them properly moist and in good condition.
Most purchased wood treatment products are either oils or creams / waxes, and there are pros and cons to both types. Liquid oils tend to penetrate deeper into the grain, while waxes and creams (like my homemade spoon butter) can form a protective layer over the surface of the wood.
Some brands that manufacture wood conditioner offer both oils and creams and recommend using them one after the other. But as I see it, apply anyone a type of wood conditioner is better than not doing it at all, so I decided using my spoon butter alone was “good enough” and it has been good enough for me ever since! 🙂
So now that you know what skess butter is and how it can help you keep your kitchen utensils in wood in good shape, let’s dive right into doing so! Here’s how to whip up your own batch of spoon butter at home:
How to make spoon butter (AKA cutting board cream)
1 part beeswax
3 parts oil *
* Note: Food grade mineral oil is an ideal choice here because it is one of the only oils you do not have to worry about getting rancid over time. If you avoid oil by-products, you can use coconut oil (shown here), sunflower oil, soybean oil or flaxseed oil instead, but these are less stable options.
Place a mason jar inside a pot, then pour water into the pot until it reaches halfway up the pot. Place the pan on the stove over medium-low heat.
Add beeswax and oil to the jar and let them melt together. Stir the mixture thoroughly once it has melted, then carefully remove the jar from the pan.
Set the jar aside and let it cool completely before covering it with a tightly fitted lid.
Optional: When the mixture has cooled a bit (but before it gets too thick), stir a few drops of essential oil with lemon in. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and gives the cream a nice, clean scent!
How to use your spoon butter
Unscrew a small amount of the spoon of butter, rinse it on the wooden surface you want to treat and let the cream penetrate into the wood overnight. In the morning, wipe off excess cream and then use a soft, clean cloth to polish the treated areas.
Repeat approx. once a month, or when the tree begins to look or feel dry. Use your spoon to moisten and protect your:
The measurements in the recipe are based on conditions instead of specific quantities, which means you can make as much or as little as you want at once. I think next time I make a large batch and divide it into a couple of smaller jars, then pair each one with a nice wooden spoon and give them away as gifts! 🙂
Are there any wooden items in your kitchen that could use some TLC?