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Spoon Butter

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW AND VINTAGE WOODEN SPOON, AND BOWL COLLECTION. KEEP THEM HEALTHY AND HAPPY FOR YEARS OF SERVICE! 


How to Make Your Own Spoon Butter For Seasoning Wooden Spoons and BowlsI’ve never met a vintage wooden spoon I didn’t like. I have a thing for them, it’s hard for me to pass them up at antique markets so every once in a while I treat myself and pick one up thats’ just to darn cute to leave behind or one that’s truly unique. Very small, slender spoons seem to be the ones I gravitate towards. 

Vintage Handmade Wooden Spoons, Wooden Cutting Boards with Spoon Butter Recipe For Maintaining Wooden Utensils Over 20 years ago I started picking up large, hearty wooden spoons from an Amish man, he hand carved and shaped each piece and they came with a hefty price tag but I was willing to pay the price for his craftsmanship. The last time I purchased from him he told me it would be the last batch he’d be making, he was getting to old, and it was hard on his hands. I panicked and new I had to stock up, because they’d no longer be available. 

Vintage Handmade Wooden Spoons, Wooden Cutting Boards with Spoon Butter Recipe For Maintaining Wooden Utensils Well I’m happy to say I still have all the Amish made spoons today, and use them often. I’d never have believed a well made spoon could last that long, but they have. I have a few tricks for keeping them in great shape and it’s well worth the time to care properly for wooden utensils. About once a month I use “spoon butter” on my spoons. It’s doesn’t take long, and it’s a rewarding task, and a time to reflect on memories of where each spoon came from. 

Vintage Handmade Wooden Spoons, Wooden Cutting Boards with Spoon Butter Recipe For Maintaining Wooden Utensils Here’s a few tip:

  • Don’t put your wooden utensils in the dishwasher. Wash by hand without letting them soak in water. Dry immediately.  
  • If they start to get little wood fuzzies (rough spots) sand with a very fine sandpaper until smooth again.
  • Some foods will stain the wood, but it just adds character so enjoy it’s charm.

What you’ll need to make spoon butter:

  • 2 oz. Food grade bees wax (I like the pellets, they melt faster)
  • 6 oz. Oil – Sunflower, Coconut, Flaxseed, or Mineral 
  • small Mason Jar
  • Water
  • Sauce pan

Instructions:

  • Place beeswax, and coconut oil in the small mason jar.
  • Add water to saucepan, 1/3 full.
  • Place mason jar in saucepan (make sure the water isn’t above the top of the jar) over medium heat. 
  • Once mixture is melted, stir with a wooden kabob stick untill it’s completely incorporated.
  • Let mixture cool on countertop.
  • Once cool slather your dry wooden spoons with butter, let sit overnight, buff remaining butter off in the morning. (Repeat process when wood becomes dry again).

 

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3 Comments

  1. Cheryl Major says:

    Thats a good idea. I have several wooden spoons and rolling pins, & wooden kitchen boards etc.
    I have a hardwood butcherblock island…but it has no finish on it . I was told to buy this stuff called CLAPHAM”S Beeswax salad bowl finish. So I apply that maybe every 2 months and you let it dry overnight and than buff in the morning. I bet yours does the same and is less expensive.

  2. Dawn,

    This is such a great idea. I have a couple of wooden spoons that were my grandmother’s. I don’t use them but they sit out in my kitchen on display. Never heard of conditioning the wood to keep it from drying out but it is only a logical idea. Come to think of it I also have spoons from England too that would benefit from a good rub down with this cream. Thanks for the recipe! Found you through Tried and True.

    Maureen

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