For those of you who have a big ol’ butcher block or wood countertops or really anything made of wood that could use a little extra care and lovin’: spoons, cutting boards, plates, juicers, teethers, baby toys, blocks etc. this one’s for you! So basically everyone, ha. Here you are dears, a little tutorial on how to make the most of all things wood with two natural, non-toxic ingredients.
Every few months Andrew or I take this buttery concoction and treat the big butcher block that anchors our kitchen, plus all the other wood trinkets we have around our home. Depending on the wear of my wooden utensils and bowls, I’ll coat that when we do the island and give it a hearty buff for good measure. This simple product puts life back into the wood and moisturizes it, keeping it from drying out and cracking.
- Coconut oil
- Beeswax pellets
To prepare, measure out a 1/4 cup or so of beeswax pellets and 3/4 cup or so of coconut oil and put them in a glass jar. A mason jar is perfect for this. And you should know, I usually eyeball this recipe like I do most everything in the kitchen which is why baking and I aren’t the best of friends. I prefer beeswax pellets to buying a block of beeswax because they melt much faster and are easier to work with. If you are wanting to breaking off bits from a big, hard block go for it! I opt out of this one and use the pellets. For the next step, set the glass mason jar in a pot, say your dutch oven, and fill it with several inches of water. Let the water simmer (avoid boiling) and as it does it will melt the beeswax and coconut oil together into a beautiful, golden, buttery concoction.
Once melted, you can take this jar and leave it as is on the countertop to cool and set. Make sure to place it far away from where little fingers can reach. Another route you can go is to pour it into smaller jars once melted and give these away to friends for birthdays or holidays. I sent this out as a little Christmas gift a few years back with some small wood cheese knives. It was a big hit! My mother in law still uses the mixture I made on all of her wood spoons and cutting boards, proving that a little of this wood butter goes a long way. No matter the size of jar, large or small, there you have it. A simple recipe for conditioning your wood that uses all-natural, wholesome ingredients sans mineral oil!
Using this butter couldn’t be easier. With an old towel, try to stay away from the paper variety, rub in the butter very liberally and let whatever you are conditioning sit overnight. Better yet, leave it alone for 24 hours. In the morning or whenever you get around to it, take another old towel and buff the wood, rubbing the butter in even more. That’s literally it. Also, your hands will be really happy after you’ve used this butter. Think of it as your cuticle treatment! Happy conditioning to ya.