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Wood Butter – A Recipe for Your Utensils!

Wood Butter - The perfect thing for your wood bowls and utensils.

by Barbara Kiebel on November 28, 2011

Several months ago Wendi with Bon Appetit Hon, did a post on Wood Butter; like you I had a moment of Huh? What? Well, typically called Spoon Oil, Wendi had decided that Wood Butter fit better and I agree; leave it to another food person to put the perfect name on this elixir that is so simple but so perfect for the care of the wood items we use in the kitchen. A necessity but also a bit indulgent…yes, butter is perfect! We need to take special care of our wood kitchen items in Denver due to the low humidity in our environment and I can be as lax as the next person. Making your own ‘wood butter’ makes it simple and inexpensive too. I was reminded by my friend Jennifer at Bread and Putter that it’s also magical hand lotion…and that it is!

Though Wendi had to find an online resource for the beeswax part of the magic, I was lucky to find a local resource. Peak Candle Supplies provides beeswax in small pellets for easier melting; I bought two pounds which is enough for (48) 4 oz containers…um, that should be enough for awhile don’t you think? Finding the food grade mineral oil was easy once I finally remembered to put it on my grocery list; it’s typically available in the pharmacy. I now know why that poor guy gave me such a funny look when I lamented that I wish they had more than four bottles. I’ve always used it for wood conditioning; I’m thinking he was wondering why I needed more than four bottles of a laxative. Who knew?

The process is easy but can be messy. Most ‘recipes’ include heating the wax in a mid size Ball jar in hot water and adding warmed mineral oil to the wax once it is melted. I preferred using a large glass measuring cup with a pour spout as I was going to be pouring the combined liquid into a whole bunch of small jars. I also used a funnel just for canning and it worked perfectly. The only negative to this method is the removal of the wax from the measuring cup and funnel. I decided since I’ll be doing this again, I’ll just save those two utensils just for this process and candle making and not worry about the residue layer that remained inside each.

What better way to show you the magic of Wood Butter than a Before and After photo. Totally untouched, promise. Everything in this photo has been treated with an application of wood butter including the bottom board. Simply apply a bit to a paper towel or a piece of cheesecloth and rub a dollop onto the surface until it’s rubbed in. The bowl in front was an inexpensive one I purchased from World Market and it was apparently never supposed to touch water. It did, I thought it ruined but ‘the butter’ did the trick. I found the wooden rolling pin at a yard sale and can’t believe the difference myself. All of my cutting boards have a renewed luster; in fact they seem new again. It is not a sage compound butter but it is a miracle butter!

Wood Butter – A Recipe for Your Utensils!
 
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A terrific homemade product to use for all of your wood kitchen products from wooden spoons to cutting boards.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pure beeswax - measured dry. One package of the pellets that I purchased weighed 16 ounces and I used half a package at a time.
  • 32 ounces of mineral oil - typically packaged with 16 liquid ounces per container so I used 2 containers.
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a gentle boil.
  2. Place your beeswax inside a 2 quart glass measuring cup or a 1 quart glass jar; set the glass into the gently boiling water.
  3. Place the container(s) of mineral oil inside another medium saucepan filled with water and heat to low.The mineral oil just needs to be warmed to mix with the beeswax; no need for a rolling boil.
  4. Once all the wax has melted, turn off the stove and carefully add the warmed mineral oil to the beeswax;stirring with a spoon to combine.
  5. Using a towel around the handle of the measuring cup, carefully pour the liquid into each jar fit with the canning funnel;filling them almost to the top.
  6. Finish filling all jars and wait for to cool and firm up before using.

Wendi was kind enough to send me some of her butter and I would like to pay it forward. Here’s the deal; let’s make it simple. No tweeting or visiting other sites or promising me your firstborn. Just a simple comment. Say whatever you want…but if you have something you think might really benefit from some of this oil; I would love to know. I’ll choose one or maybe two lucky recipients later this week.

Even though this is just me wanting to give something to a couple of you; I had better comply with the rules: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED and WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED.

  1. To enter, leave a comment on this post
  2. You must leave an email address to be notified if you are chosen as the winner.
  3. You must be 18 to enter but then how many under 18 would think about protecting wood surfaces?
  4. This sweepstakes (that’s officially what these are, not a ‘giveaway’) will end at midnight Friday, December 2nd, 2011 with the winner being announced Saturday. I don’t promise early. :)
  5. If the winner does not provide a mailing address within five (5) days after being notified, a new winner will be drawn.
  6. To say that my opinions are my own? I made the stuff right…and provided before and after photos right? :)
  7. Except for the one exception I am making below; you must be a resident of the US.

Just because, I’m sending a jar to the lovely Paula from Vanilla Bean Bake in Canada? Paula is the sweetest, most supportive person and doggone it…she sent me some AWESOME maple syrup several months ago; now it’s her turn for a gift from a friend. Paula I’l need your mailing address; we’ll connect so you can get that to me.

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1 Kim October 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I bought the Groland kitchen island from Ikea, which is made of unfinished birch. Not wanting to mess with polyurethane (been there, done that), I mixed up a batch of this stuff to rub all over the island. It looks beautiful! It really brought out the sheen and texture of the birch. The bamboo cutting boards (and every other wooden thing I’ve put it on) all are looking great!

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2 Creative Culinary October 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

Good to hear Kim…it really is a great little product and probably my most requested to be ‘filled again’ for holiday gifts to friends!

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3 Beata April 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

Can you do this in smaller proportions keeping the 1:4 ratio of beeswax to mineral oil?

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4 Creative Culinary April 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Absolutely; it’s just the two ingredients so as long as you mix the amounts in the same ratio with each other you’ll be fine.

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5 Kathrine April 14, 2014 at 6:28 am

I cannot wait to try this! I still have some pricy butcher block stuff to use up first-which I love but I have to mail order it and it is pricy, so can’t wait to make this. It will also make unique Christmas gifts!

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6 Creative Culinary April 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

It’s a great gift…everyone has something that benefits from it!

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7 Carol April 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

OK, so I don’t really want to use this on anything due to the mineral oil, I do agree that most other oils that might be substituted would have the possibility of going rancid.
The fact that the FDA approves mineral oil for human consumption does NOT assure me, however!
At any rate, the EWG seems to think that is is not too bad, so for all of those out there wanting to know more about it since it is from crude oil….here it is.

Again, thank you for the great idea and recipe.
From Environmental Working Group

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703977/MINERAL_OIL/
Health Concerns of the Ingredient:

Overall Hazard

Low

Cancer

Low

Developmental &
reproductive toxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity

Moderate

Use restrictions

Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
About MINERAL OIL: Mineral Oil is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum.
Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Hair Conditioning Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Emollient;Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive; Skin Protectant; Solvent; ANTISTATIC; PERFUMING; SKIN PROTECTING
Synoym(s): DEOBASE; HEAVY MINERAL OIL; LIGHT MINERAL OIL; LIQUID PARAFFIN; LIQUID PETROLATUM; PARAFFIN OIL; PARAFFIN OILS; PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM; PETROLEUM WHITE MINERAL OIL; PROLATUM OIL; WHITE MINERAL OIL, PET

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8 Carol April 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

What would you sub for the mineral oil? Although it might be “food grade”, mineral oil is sourced from crude oil, and NOT something that I want in contact with food items.
Thank you!

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9 Milissa July 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I agree. A red flax went up as soon as I read it.

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10 Bob September 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

That sound interesting: so you do not use anything made of plastic for handling and storage of your food, I take it? That’s because plastic materials are mostly “sourced from crude oil”, and therefore are not something that you want in contact with food items?
This “mineral oil” that you are so afraid of, is also known as “Liquid Paraffin”. Not only it is “food grade”, it is also a medication – indeed, safest way to buy it is from your local chemist. Adult dosage of 1-2 spoonfuls swallowed at bedtime helps to soften stool (prolonged use may lead to dependence).
When applied to the wood, the oil&wax actually soaks inside, into the structure of the wood, and penetrates deeper and deeper with time. That’s why the treatment needs to be re-applied every now and then. Equivalent of one spoonful of this oil would be probably enough to treat half a dozen cutting boards. After 24 hours, the amount of the oil that remains on the surface (and can therefore come in contact with the food) is so microscopic that it is not worth worrying about.
If I was as particular as you are, about what my mouth comes in contact with, I wouldn’t worry about ‘buttering’ my cutting boards. I would have a closer look at the lipstick and other cosmetic creams I wear – but I don’t want to scare you…
Also, I would not eat banana’s. You see, they are radioactive. They contain radioactive isotope of Potassium, and so do potatoes, beans, nuts and other stuff – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose .
Life must be terrible for people as sensitive as you are…

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11 Creative Culinary September 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Bob; I could not have said it better! :)

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12 Rick October 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Sunflower Oil works just fine too

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14 B J Selph February 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

Is there any difference between the white and yellow beeswax pellets, other than color?

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15 Creative Culinary February 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I don’t think so but the best place to get that answer might be to contact the company I got them from and ask them…they are the only ones I’ve used. There is a link in the post to their site.

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16 Jerome McVay January 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I have Linseed oil , can it be used instead ? Thank you.

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17 Creative Culinary January 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I can’t say for certain since I’ve never used it; for me the test is this…can it go bad? If it can go rancid; then I don’t suggest using it; if not? Go for it!

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18 Maureen April 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

another question is ‘would I put this ingredient in my mouth?’

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19 Creative Culinary April 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

Lots do; it’s sold over the counter as a laxative.

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20 Janet January 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

Yay!!! I have been searching for someway to condition my cutting board! I tried walnut oil….but it was a tad expensive and didn’t last very long. Thank you so much for this recipe! Can’t wait to make a batch :)

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21 Ryan z January 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

This is a really neat trick. Does the wood ed up with any kind of waxy feel afterwards, or does your ‘butter’ just seep right into the grain?
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22 Creative Culinary January 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

My experience is that woods soak it up and there is no feeling of residue after an application. I wipe it on and let it sit for a bit and then go back and wipe the object down again to insure I’ve not left some on the surface.

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23 Char 'Rae Bethke January 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

Am eager to try this on my treasured wood pieces, thank you.

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24 Creative Culinary January 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

You are most welcome!

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25 Cheryl McAskill January 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

This looks like something the Northeast could use, has been such an arid winter. I have a question…Could this be used on wood furniture too?

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26 Creative Culinary January 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Only if it’s unfinished Cheryl; putting it on any type of varnished wood won’t allow it to absorb into the wood; otherwise I think it would be fine; always test a small, hidden sample.

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27 John B. January 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I was really happy to come across this recipe for spoon butter. I’d been using a mineral oil/beeswax product from a wooden spoon company in Montana but it was rather pricey (but did a wonderful job on dry wooden spoons). I always figured it should be easy to make but just needed to get the ratio of mineral oil to beeswax.

Regarding the mineral oil, just be sure that you’re getting USP Mineral Oil (food grade). You can usually find this at pharmacies marketed as a laxative. I found the beeswax on Amazon.com but if you live in larger areas you should be able to find in stores that carry candle-making supplies.

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28 Creative Culinary January 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

Thanks John; glad you like it and yes, lots of pricey items just like it at the store. I even saw a bottle of food grade mineral oil at Home Depot marked as furniture oil and it was ONLY $8. Same amount in pharmacy? $1 I think!

I’ve tried to tell people the same thing about the mineral oil but the naysayers just LOVE to share how it shouldn’t be used. I hope readers ignore that info; a rancid board is not a good board!

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29 Grandma Musher November 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

Hobby Lobby carries the bees wax in both white and “natural” – which is slightly yellow.

I made my first batch a couple of days ago, and rubbed down my cutting boards and wooden spoons. Works wonderful! However, I might not have gotten the mineral oil warm enough! As soon as I added the mineral oil to the melted wax, it started to congeal. The first few jars look great, but the last jar I’ll keep for myself to use, as it looks like a candle that half-melted in the jar. Goopy! It still works great, but looks goopy.

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30 Creative Culinary November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ahem, I might have done that with my first batch. :)

It is amazing how great it works; so glad you like it!

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31 Rebecca December 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

Has anyone tried this recipe with another oil? Does it work just as good? I make my own body products so I buy other oils in bulk but do not use mineral oil since it doesn’t absorb into the skin as easily as the other oils I use. I’ll try it with another oil to see how it works out, but thought I’d first check and see if anyone else has tried it yet.

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32 Creative Culinary December 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

I’ve seen other suggestions Rebecca but for the purpose of this site I can’t recommend anything but mineral oil for this application. Most other suggestions for plant based oils (nuts, grains, fruits) have the potential to go rancid and mineral oil does not. Additionally…there is a huge difference between something applied to the skin and to wood…wood just soaks this stuff up!

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33 Courtney D. December 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

How many 4 oz. jars would this recipe? Is it 48 as stated earlier on in the post?
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34 Creative Culinary December 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Sorry…I missed this the other day. Just add up the quantity of combined oil and was and divide by 4; that should approximate your yield.

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35 Courtney D. March 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Oh, no problem! Thanks for the response :) One more question: does this seal the wood or just condition it? How well does it hold up with washings?

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36 Creative Culinary March 31, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Well, it provides conditioning and some sealing but it will wear off during washings; you’ll know and you’ll just have to put on another application.

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37 Chara Dow November 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

This is a great recipe, put together very well, thank you! I’d like to add that their are a lot of people out there making one of a kind hand carved wooden utensils (and bowls) for the kitchen which are wonderful to cook with and bring the added satisfaction that you are supporting local artists and small businesses, all while getting to stir your pot with a spoon no one else has! Which makes it all the more worth while to care for and preserve something that is not only your favorite kitchen tool but also a treasure.

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38 Melissa September 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Since I have sets of bamboo cutting boards, utensils, and utensil holders just waiting to be laser etched, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks for sharing this!!

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39 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Yeah…glad you found it useful; I just LOVE this stuff!

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40 Patty Bjorgo September 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I wonder if this would be okay to use on vintage kitchen utensils that have the painted handles. I would like to somehow clean them and then protect them. Any ideas? Thank you!

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41 Creative Culinary September 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I’m not sure I would recommend that. My friend has some of the same; we’re going to put a coat or two of varnish or shellac on the handles…to better preserve the paint that is on there; this would be good for the wood but wouldn’t help keep the paint from peeling.

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42 Stacey September 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

Can’t wait to try, bought all these supplies a year or so ago, to make lip and cuticle balm. I’ve been putting it off because of the process on my gas stove. Open flame and wax makes me nervous. Today I’m going to try it on a hot plate. I’ll try to get back and let you know how it goes.

This sounds like it is going to be similar to leather conditioning balm. Any one mentioned that? I only wear Danskos, they cost a small fortune, but it’s better than back surgery. I’ll try it on my slipper clogs and let you know.

TTFN,
Stacey

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43 Barbara November 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

If you get a pyrex measuring cup with a handle you can put outside of a pan with water in it.. it works so well and you need not fear the gas stove. The handle isn’t terribly hot and makes it easy to manage pouring.

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44 michael August 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

thank you for sharing your recipe. I havebeen using mineral oil for years and my own personal mixture of mineral oil and beeswax that I make and call wood conditioner. You can also use your recipe and my recipe oon cast iron skillets.

Michael

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45 William July 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

Even tho the contest is closed I’ll add my 2 cents. This mixture is also good for wood handled knives and leather products such as belts, sheaths and pouches.

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46 Creative Culinary July 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thanks William; I’ve had other people ask me about leather but I had never tried it so didn’t know; your testimonial is most appreciated.

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47 Moe June 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

You cannot imagine how greatful I am that I found this on Pinterest. I have been wanting to condition my special wood cutting boards, and plenty of other wood utensils and items. I have been afraid to do so because I was unsure about the safety of using the mineral oil, even though all I have read says to use it in combinations with various other ingredients. You have explained this so well and I now feel confident and am so glad my items can now receive much need attention. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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48 Creative Culinary July 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

So glad you found it Moe…I just love the stuff and you are most welcome!

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49 Debbie June 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Thanks so much for sharing. How many jars did this recipe make?

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50 Creative Culinary June 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm

It’s going to depend on the size of your jars; the total liquid from both the melted beeswax and the oil is 40 ounces; just divide that by the size of your jars for how much you’ll get. I used small and regular size jelly jars and got from 6-10 for each recipe depending on which size I used.

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51 Reuben Harris May 30, 2013 at 4:53 am

Thanks for your recipe of Wood Butter. I really would like some lustrous wooden utensils and now thanks to your Wood Butter, I guess my beaten old wooden utensils would look good as new again. I really wish that the contest hadn’t ended though.

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52 Sharon April 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

I definitely want to try it on my butcher block. I have so many wood-handled-everything and would just love to get carried away! ;-)

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53 Mike McClure March 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

This would be great for scratches on end tables/coffee tables and kitchen tables as well.
Another (non-food) related use would be for wooden handled tools that see weather and out door use. I do something similar for shovel handles, and also my wooden wheelbarrow handles. Can’t wait to try this recipe on them!

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54 Darlene March 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I think this is great! But was wondering if it is good for wood bowls etc. why couldn’t you use on your cupboards? Old dressers, chest etc.?

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55 Creative Culinary March 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I suppose it would IF your wood is unfinished. If it’s been varnished it won’t sink into the wood. Most wooden cutting boards, spoons and bowls don’t have that finish so soak up the protection of the wood butter.

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56 Sharlene May February 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Can’t wait to try this!

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57 Creative Culinary February 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

My hands are so dry today I think I’m gonna try some on them!

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58 Amanda March 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

I have starting using this on my hands and LOVE it! It’s not too greasy and it’s incredibly long-lasting. My sister-in-law made if for my cutting boards and wooden spoons but honestly it is so multi-functional. I am going to make my own batch and drop in some citrus or peppermint to use at my desk at the office.

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59 kathy February 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

Greetings! How about using Walnut oil for the oil, thereby keeping the oil edible since these are for food! The mineral oil is a petroleum product! :(
Love this idea! And maybe a drop or two of an essential oil. Don’t know off hand which one but it I will research before making this!
Thanks

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60 Creative Culinary February 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

I know that mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum but it is not petroleum and the end result is safe for human consumption. I purchase it in the drug department of my local grocery store where it is sold as a laxative and have to trust that since it is FDA approved for human consumption it’s safe to use. I can’t recommend other oils as nut and seed oils will go rancid over time so they are definitely not something that is suggested for a purpose such as this.

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61 Doreen February 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

You can use walnut oil in place of the mineral oil. I make both. Many people like the idea of no petroleum jelly, while others may be worried about serving people with nut allergies. They both work great – I’ve tried them both
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62 Creative Culinary February 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I still do not recommend walnut oil as it can go rancid; I researched this topic before writing a post and as a result won’t recommend it to my readers. If someone has an issue with mineral oil, so be it, but I can’t recommend something that 1. I’ve never used and 2. I don’t feel is a good fit for this application.

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63 Jadxia October 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Coconut oil takes the longest time to go rancid of the food based oils. If you don’t want to use mineral oil, it’s probably the best substitute.

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64 Creative Culinary October 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

I’ve had a lot of people make alternate suggestions but since food based oils can go rancid…some quicker than others, I will not be recommending them. I think it’s sort of this situation; either make it as is or don’t make it but I can’t recommend another product in this recipe.

65 David November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

I am so confused of the endless comments of mineral oil. This oil is so very safe & is often found in the pharmacy as medicine (laxative). Please do some research before putting your foot in your mouth. below is a small clip copied from wiki I thought was interesting … Food grade mineral oil has an E number of E905a, although it is not approved in food products in the European Union, and incidental amounts in foods are carefully regulated.[11] Because of its properties that prevent water absorption, combined with its lack of flavor and odor, food grade mineral oil is a popular preservative for wooden cutting boards, salad bowls and utensils. Rubbing a small amount of mineral oil into a wooden kitchen item periodically will prevent absorption of food odors and ease cleaning, as well as maintain the integrity of the wood, which is otherwise subjected to repeated wetting and drying in the course of use. The oil fills small surface cracks that may otherwise harbor bacteria.[12]
Outside of the European Union, it is occasionally used in the food industry, particularly for candy. In this application, it is typically used for the glossy effect it produces, and to prevent the candy pieces from adhering to each other. It has been discouraged for use in children’s foods,[13] though it is still found in many candies, including Swedish Fish.[14] The use of food grade mineral oil is self-limiting because of its laxative effect. The maximum daily intake is calculated to be about 100 mg, of which some 80 mg are contributed from its use on machines in the baking industry.[15]
On a side note I have personally used mineral oil on the rusty equipment found on the conveyors & cooling units of a large industrial bakery, Drakes. I feel the PROS outweigh the CONS by far.

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66 Lee-Ann Jespersen February 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Hi there! I found your recipe for the wood butter on Pinterest, and I’m wondering if you think I could use this on my unsealed wooden butcher-block countertops? I currently use a food-safe oil on them once a month that I can only buy from one inconveniently located store in my city, so I’d love to have something I can make on my own….

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67 Creative Culinary February 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

I don’t see why not. I don’t have butcher block countertops; I just have three of them spaced in the kitchen for use and I use it on all three regularly. A food safe oil is very likely mineral oil anyhow isn’t it? This just adds a bit more (ie longer lasting) protection.

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68 Doreen February 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi,
I just wanted to help out a little with the clean up!
I am a beekeeper and I make a lot of beeswax products including salves and lip balms.
After getting as much of the offending oily wax from my glass measuring cups, I put them in the microwave for a minute or two (depending on the size). When all the little bits have remelted and the glass itself is warm, I carefully wipe out the inside of the glass with a paper towel. I always toss the first paper towel for a clean second one and wipe again.
It works every time!

Also, this is very close to a recipe I use for a non-petroleum jelly. Instead of mineral oil I use olive oil or almond oil. It works great. You may have to play with the ratio a bit. Just remelt and add oil or wax depending on what you need. But you don’t want to use olive oil or any vegetable oil that can go rancid in your board butter.
Doreen
Queen Bee, D’s B’s

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69 Creative Culinary February 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thanks Doreen…I finally broke down and did pretty much exactly that; I couldn’t find another glass measure like that big one so had to!

Yes, I’ve tried to caution people not to use other oils if putting on their wood boards for that very reason. Rancid would not be good!

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70 Diane February 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I hope everyone knows not to put wooden-handled utensils in the dishwasher. That will ruin them faster than anything. I think many don’t know this, because whenever we have visitors who help us clean up the kitchen, we have to check the dishwasher (if we remember!) and remove the items with wooden handles.

If the items do go through a cycle, we treat them with a product I found called “Bee’s Oil” and it seems to bring them back. Your homemade formula looks just the same as that…I’ll try it sometime. Thanks!

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71 Creative Culinary February 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Knowing and doing can be so far apart! I think everyone knows not to but I’m betting a lot still do. I handwash a lot of things; just out of habit. Anything wooden, big or special does not go thru the dishwasher! Hope you do try the wood butter; it’s sort of amazing; thinking my hands might need it soon! :)

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72 Melisa January 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

I’ve always used mineral oil to condition my cast iron dutch oven and skillets. I’m wondering if your wood butter can be used to condition cast iron as well.

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73 Creative Culinary January 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

I honestly don’t know…it’s a combination of mineral oil and beeswax so maybe you could do a bit of research and see if beeswax has ever been used for that purpose? I think of it more for wood products though, I must admit!

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74 BrownEyedGirl July 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Don’t use wax on your cast iron unless you want melted wax to cool and harden inside your food ;) I don’t see a problem with the mineral oil, but this Louisiana girl is sticking to veggie oil…

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75 Kimberly January 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

This is such a great idea! I have a Texas shaped cheese board that could use some TLC!
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76 Sherry January 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hi I love this my question is can you use this on wood furniture ?

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77 Creative Culinary January 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I can’t honestly say…I’ve never done it myself. If you wanted to test it, it would have to be on furniture that has not been finished with a topcoat of varnish; else you would just be rubbing in on the furniture but not into it. I would have a tendency to consider a product made for furniture but again…I’ve not tested this either. Good luck!

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78 Tina January 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Came across this in my wanderings and would LOVE to share on my facebook page but am completely stumped as to how to get it there…any suggestions?? New Year Resolution…learn this dang computer:)

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79 Creative Culinary January 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hehe; thanks for the chuckle. I think if you put this address of the post in your Facebook area for commenting that should do the trick…I do love this stuff too, mine is almost gone. :(

http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/11/wood-butter-helps-renew-wood-utensils-and-bowls/

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80 Satia December 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

I shared this with my husband and started listing where we could get the different ingredients and he said, “But we don’t need that much.” So I told him we could always reduce the recipe to which he responded, “We should buy some from her. Look at how much she made” as he waved a hand at the screen with all the jars filled with wood butter.

I laughed and I hope you smiled. Thank you for sharing this.
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81 Creative Culinary December 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

I did make a ton…but then I also gave them out as holiday gifts to all of my friends and family! So I have my two little jars squirreled away and yes, cut the proportions, it’s easy to do if you just want a small amount for yourself. You did make me chuckle…thanks. :)

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82 Lisa Lynn December 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

I finally tried this last night for Christmas gifts. I made a big mess on my glass top stove and ended up having to use a pan I needed to cook my contribution to today’s feast. No stores open. Limited cleaning crap in the house. I wiped off all the waxy stuff after it set up. (Used what was in the pan on my cutting boards.) Then I wiped everything down with paper towels and rubbing alcohol. Easy as pie, clean as a whistle. Thanks for the recipe. My foodie family members will love it.

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83 Creative Culinary December 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

Nothing like waiting til the last minute huh? :)

It can get a bit messy but at least it’s not impossible to clean up…hope everyone enjoys your efforts. I think homemade gifts are simply the best! Merry Christmas.

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84 Jessica December 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I just wanted to mention something that my husband thought of. I sometimes use crockpot bags. So his idea was to put the bag into the measuring cup so that I would ruin it, or have to try to get the wax out. It worked like a charm!

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85 Lisa December 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I made up a batch last night and mine is still not firm to a waxy consistency would I be able to melt it back down with some additional wax to get the consistency I want?

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86 Creative Culinary December 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I don’t see why not Lisa…I think you’re on to something and it does seem to need some more wax. It should setup pretty quickly as it cools; no real wait time is typically required.

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87 Lisa December 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

thank you, I will let you know how it turns out with the additional wax…mine was harder to measure since I bought a brick from a beekeeper and was working based on estimated weight.

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88 Misty December 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

Hi I am going to have to try this myself!! I was reading your comments and you said you were having a hard time getting the wax out of your glass measuring cup.. I used to sell high end candles and when I would have partys I would try to use the smell the host like best.. so what I did to change the left over wax to get it out was I put it into the freezer for about 5 minutes (because yours is not set up it may take longer) and then you take a butter knife and gentle poke the side of the candle (wax) and it will magically pot out…. and it is reusable the freezer will not hurt the wax… so try that and see if that will help.. I know you said you would just reuse your cup but others may not want to… just a fyi!!! thanks

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89 Creative Culinary December 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

That will surely help someone…maybe even me but I finally found a new large glass measure just 2 weeks ago so I’m OK with delegating that one to this pastime. If I find it; I’ve squirreled it away somewhere and can’t remember where!

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90 BonniE Callahan December 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you for the wood butter recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I found all the ingredients on amazon. Is it possible to add a light scent such as lemon , almond or vanilla? If so, how?

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91 Toni Klemko December 18, 2012 at 5:54 am

Does the butter not contaminate your food when used on wooded spoons etc?

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92 Creative Culinary December 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

Well, it’s called wood butter but it’s actually a combination of beeswax and mineral oil, neither of which go bad or cause any type of contamination.

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93 Toni Klemko December 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thank you. I am, as we speak, sending hubbby out to buy the ingredients!!

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94 Carrie December 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love this. It was easy to make. Got the beeswax from Michael’s, and the mineral oil from CVS. I am anew woodcrafters and I have been trying different finishes. This also worked well on my Bob Timberlake furniture, seems to help with fine scratches. Thank you.

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95 Creative Culinary December 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Good to hear Carrie; I’ve just made another big batch for holiday ‘refills’ – I promised refills if they gave me the jars and no one forgot!

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96 Veronica December 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Hi can you tell me if this would work on teak furniture. I have a couple of outside chairs that could really use something, but not sure what to use. Thanks for any help.

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97 Creative Culinary December 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’ve never used it on big pieces of furniture Veronica so I hesitate to recommend it. I think outdoor furniture that is exposed to the elements could use a stronger finish. I suggest going to the paint department of someplace like Home Depot and see if they could recommend something; honestly think that would be your best bet.

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98 Liz December 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

1 recipe = 6 half-pint jars full, in my experience!

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99 Creative Culinary December 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thanks Liz…I was putting mine in so many different sizes I didn’t think to measure total output. Nice to know.

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100 Stacy November 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm

It is my understanding that ALL mineral oil is petroleum based and therefore is up to you if you really want to ingest that or not. I personally do not, so I did some digging and found that traditionally both walnut and almond oil were used with beeswax, so if that matters to you, as it does to me – either of those are excellent substitutions.

I was just looking at some of the wood in the kitchen (multiple wooden utensils, cutting boards, and bowls), and yes, I was just thinking about treating them, and your post was a great timely reminder. Thanks!

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101 Susan November 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

This sounds like a great idea but I thought the same thing when I read about the mineral oil. Thanks for giving me a substitute :)
and thanks for this wonderful idea for my wooden kitchen helpers

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102 Margaret January 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

The whole point of using mineral oil is that it never goes rancid. Is this true of these other oils?

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103 Creative Culinary January 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

That’s it exactly Margaret; when others leave comments not to use it I get a bit exasperated…because other oils WILL go rancid; it is not recommended to substitute and I’m as fussy as the next guy. I did my homework on the use of mineral oil…it is safe for this use and ultimately the best choice.

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104 Jen February 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I understand your concern about other oils going rancid, but wouldn’t they wear off before that if you use and wash the item regularly? I’m thinking in particular of my wooden cooking utensils – I use them at least once a day.
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105 Annette November 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

This looks do-able! I knew that my wood utensils would not tolerate much water nor hold up for long, but I did not realize that I could do something about it! This post is educational and useful for me in more than one way – thank you!

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106 Lori November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I just found your recipe and can hardly wait till Christmas. My brother-in-law makes rustic wood furniture and kitchen items. This would be a perfect gift for him! Thank you.

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107 Creative Culinary November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

It will be perfect…best for the kitchen ware small items but I know some folks have done a lot more.

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108 michelle Frieridrich November 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

what about wooden cutting boards? Can this wood butter be used on them also?

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109 Creative Culinary November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Yes, I do all of mine with it. Cutting boards, bowls and utensils. Enjoy!

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110 stellarblew December 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Mineral Oil is a by product of the petroleum industry. I personally would not use it on anything that comes in contact with food. I intend to try this for furniture.

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111 Creative Culinary December 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

It is a colorless, odorless and harmless by product…and considered by the FDA to be suitable for consumption as a laxative; I don’t want to consume it per se but it’s not harmful to anyone in this instance.

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112 Julie October 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Any food safety issues that you’re aware of when they take the beeswax and turn it into pellets? (Knowing they’re not intended for consumption but for crafts.)

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113 Creative Culinary October 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

I did not specifically do research on that; the end result is still labeled as beeswax without any additional additives so while maybe a unique use, no different than using bars.

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114 Theresa Holmstrom October 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Contest is long over, but wanted to say – THANK YOU! I have several wooden items in my kitchen that could sorely use this, including a great Danish wisk that was a present years ago, but the wooden handle has seen better days. Pinning this for when I have time…

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115 Linda October 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

As I posted in one of the comments, I think this recipe would be best used on raw wood items. If you use the wood butter on floors, you would not be able to finish them again with varnish. It might be possible if they were stripped, but perhaps not even then, if the wax penetrated to deep. The same would apply to furniture. Once a wax product is used, it is nearly impossible to strip it down far enough to stain and varnish. Probably best to keep it for only wood items that would never be finished. Linda

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116 Creative Culinary October 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I agree and it’s why I’ve not recommended it to other commenters.

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117 Laurel September 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

I melt beeswax in the microwave all the time and I put the oils in the same glass measuring cup as the beeswax. The beeswax melts into the oil and they come out the same temperature. I just swirl a wooden skewer through it to mix.

BTW, this would be good on furniture if you don’t mind a wax finish.

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118 Brandi Skidmore September 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

I TOTALLY need this stuff! I’m constantly buying new wooden spoons because we live in the deserts of California and I forget to take care of them! And I’d love to win it since I have 4 children 6 & under and don’t really want to take the time to make it!

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119 Melody September 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made up my first batch this morning and I love it! I just applied some to an old salad bowl and had to let you know. My butcher block is next. Am going to give as gifts, too!

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120 Sam September 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

THANK YOU! Found u via pinterest. Going to make a batch soon for my butcher block table!!!! And all the little utensils too! It’ll bring everything back to life!!!!

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121 Creative Culinary September 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

It really does a nice job…I found that the first time out all of my wooden items just soaked it up like crazy; now I try to remember to do them every so often and never let them get that bad again!

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122 Elizabeth September 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I am a big time canner so the pic of canning jars is what caught my attention! Then I read your recipe and am very excited to try this! My second thought was Christmas gifts!!!!! I have do many wooden utensils and a beautiful buther block! As soon as I can get my hands on the beeswax I’m mixing up my first batch! Thank you for the great idea and sharing your recipe!!!

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123 Creative Culinary September 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I gave jars of it for Christmas last year and the orders have already come in pleading for more. You will love it and so will your gift recipients!

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124 Crystal Burrows September 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! We just harvested the beehives and I was looking for something to do with bees wax when I ran across this. I use a LOT of wood items in the kitchen. This will be perfect. I appreciate the time you took to post it for me to find!

Crystal Burrows
Brookston, TX

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125 Kim August 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made a small batch (for myself!) today and it was so easy. I used 2 oz of beeswax to 8 oz of mineral oil–and it was perfect! My wooden utensils thank you profusely! :)

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126 Creative Culinary August 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

So glad you loved it Kim; it is easy (OK a bit messy and I miss my 8 cup glass measuring cup I sacrificed to the cause) and already on the list for holiday gifts…the ones from last year have run out! :)

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127 Caren November 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

Hi! Was thinking of making a smaller batch also! How many jars did you get out of this? Did you use the really small mason jars? Or jelly size? Thinking of giving these as gifts for Christmas, but don’t need 48! :)
Any tips for cleaning the glass bowls after? I can’t give mine up!!
Thanks!

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128 Creative Culinary November 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Hmm…I used some jelly jars and then of the even smaller jars too. I don’t remember how many I got out of it but I guess you could add the quantities of the two products that are combined and then figure which jars you want to use and divide by the number of ounces contained in one?

OK…if I were going to clean them? I would have probably put them in the oven with paper towels on a cookie sheet and warmed them at 200 degrees til it almost all melted off and then put them in warm soapy water. I am missing that big measuring bowl; I might have to do the same thing!

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129 Caren November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Thanks so much for the feedback!! It’s very helpful! Will probably run by the store and look for another glass bowl to use since I can’t part with the one I have now! I don’t want to risk it! haha! love that glass bowl!
Can’t wait to try this and give for presents!

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130 Creative Culinary November 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

Good idea. I had just used a glass measuring bowl I thought would be easily replaced but now I can’t find one anywhere and I miss it. Better luck to you!

131 Kimberly Hollady November 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hi, stumbled on this on Pinterest and am going to make some today. I keep bee hives, and wanted to let you know that the beeswax cleans up, especially off of glass, pretty well with comet or Ajax…you know, the super cheap powdered kind. Use paper towels so you can just throw them away, and it will take a few times over to get it all, but it really does just pretty much ball up and come off. Not as effective on metal or plastic, but your glass bowl should come out good as new. Btw, that’s also how I get wax out of those beautiful jars that come with candles in them, once the candle is done and I want to reuse the jar. Hope that helps!

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132 Creative Culinary November 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

It does…not that I’m lazy but guess I figured that since I would be doing it again and again that I would just ‘give’ the measuring cup up to the cause. I suppose if I wanted it clean, my first thing was going to be to stick it in the over and melt off most of it and then scrub it and then…I had my brainiac idea! I miss that cup though so might have to reconsider. I thought I could find another but so far, nope.

Hope you love the wood butter…truth is my friend puts it on her hands too!

133 Vickie White August 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Just found your blog via Pinterest. Love the “wood butter” recipe. I am going to have to try it soon!!

Vickie
Tallahassee, Fl

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134 Creative Culinary August 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

Thanks for stopping by Vickie…I love this stuff and it was hugely popular last year when I gave it for holiday gifts too!

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135 Jen August 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

This is really cool. Thank you for sharing this. I love kitchen things that are wooden!

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136 Creative Culinary August 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I do too Jen…and I enjoy them even more now that they look so much prettier!

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137 Jess August 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

This is great. Thanks for sharing.
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138 Creative Culinary August 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

You’re most welcome Jess; hope you make some. You’ll love it.

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139 Derrina Chezem July 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I can’t wait to make a batch. I have my grandmother’s wooden utensils & salad bowls, but since I live in Montana I have them on display but haven’t used them since they are so dried out. I could also use a good homemade recipe for polishing the copper pots she brought back from France in the 50’s.

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140 Creative Culinary August 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

Those sound like the perfect things for it…I have my grandmother’s rolling pin but I use it often enough that it’s not dried out; must be that butter in pie dough huh? Have you tried commercial copper polish? I’ll bet those pans are beautiful; I’m jealous without even seeing them.

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141 SwarmRose July 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm

This sounds great. So many things I could use this on…my thirsty early 70s Old Hickory dining table would be the first, then the butcher block, the spoons, etc. Lots of wood in this house. Thanks for the recipe! We have a honey farm in town, so beeswax should be no problem.

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142 Creative Culinary August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

Lucky you; I’m betting it’s amazing honey too!

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143 sandra July 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Could you use he wood butter on wood floors? Thanks for the great recipe I love wood and I am going to have somuch fun with this product.

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144 Creative Culinary August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

I’ve only used it on small wood products so I don’t feel comfortable suggesting it be used on wood floors. What I would say would be this…they would HAVE to be unfinished; it won’t penetrate a top coating like varnish and…if you thought you wanted to try it, test it on a small area. I would love to know if you do it and how it works…and good luck!

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145 Linda October 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

Sandra, if you use the wood butter on the floors, you would not be able to finish them again with varnish. It might be possible if they were stripped, but perhaps not even then, if the wax penetrated to deep. The same would apply to furniture. Probably best to keep it for only wood items that would never be finished.

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146 Anna July 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I’ve been hanging on to some wooden salad bowls that belonged to my mother, plus I was just given my grandmother’s wooden rolling pin, in the hopes thati would be motivated to try making/freezing noodles, so I’d love to try this out.

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147 Linda Taylor July 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thank you for the fabulous recipe!

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148 Rebecca Lane July 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Wow, thanks! What an easy & fabulous DIY. I’d love to receive a jar for use on my vintage teak bowls I got at Goodwill. They are sad!

Thanks!
Rebecca

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149 Angela Kennedy July 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

I have some 1960s hand-me-down salad bowls that could use this treatment!

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150 RuthAnn July 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

you might want to add that folks should use a food grade mineral oil – the stuff sold at the market as a laxative is fine, obviously, but wouldn’t want someone picking up a gallon at the hardware store and using that!

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151 Creative Culinary July 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I did mention that Ruth; told them to look for food grade in the pharmacy of the grocery store.

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152 RuthAnn July 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

you’re right, you did mention that.

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153 Peggy Cameron June 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the recipe. My wood bowls never looked better. So glad I found you on Pinterest.

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154 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

I’m glad you did too Peggy and I’m with you…this mixture has done wonderful things for some of my less than gorgeous pieces. I’m in Denver where it’s so dry; they just drink it up!

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155 Holly June 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Thanks to you I am now addicted to Foodgawker and I found this post from your photo there. I am going to have to try this– this would make a lovely gift along with a new cutting board.

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156 Creative Culinary June 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

It’s a great gift item Holly; I made some for everyone for holiday gifts; I’ve had comments from people who make cutting boards that they’re going to do just as you mention; make some as an accompaniment for new boards. I would be happy to give you a jar if you want to try it; just yell. :)

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157 Ann C. June 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Wow, thanks so much for sharing this! I have some very “thirsty” wood utensils that would do well with this rub!

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158 Creative Culinary June 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

The first time they do soak it up; like they’ve been on a desert island with nothing to drink forever sort of soak it up. Enjoy.

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159 Kathy June 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Nice idea…Can’t wait to get started. I will be adding little jars to stockings and as gifts to friends… Thanks for sharing.

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160 darlene June 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

i love the look of the wood with the *wood butter* …. i was thinking, though, there is a product for cutting boards, like mineral oil, but, it’s *food grade* mineral oil … bought some a while ago and used it on a cutting board from ikea … i bet it would be ok to use in your recipe … do you know the difference between *food grade* and *regular* mineral oil?

sorry, there are 227 posts and i didn’t read through them all ot know if someone else wrote about this ….

love a response ……. darlene

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161 Creative Culinary June 15, 2012 at 3:30 am

I used mineral oil from the supermarket that is in the drugstore section, it’s actually called a laxative (yes, that guy looked at me like I was nuts when I bought several bottles!). I don’t recall if those bottles were labeled ‘food grade’ but it is obviously safe for human consumption and I believe is the same thing as the food grade product sold in the hardware store that sells for considerably more.

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162 Hanna June 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Large Animal vets also sell mineral oil in gallon jugs. It is used to treat bloat in cattle. I think I paid $6 for the last gallon jug I bought.

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163 Creative Culinary June 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Oooh…even cheaper! Good to know for when I start with holiday gifts again; thanks.

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164 Wylie June 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am definitely going to start to treat my wooden spoons and boards with a little love.

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165 Creative Culinary June 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Most welcome Wylie; myself and my friends and family have really enjoyed what it does for our wood kitchen products.

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166 Cary Goltermann May 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi,
Thanks for the wood butter recipe. Recently I started learning how to turn wood bowls. I’ve looked at a number of rather expensive , food safe, finishes. Then , a friend told me about wood butter. A quick search took me to your blog.

My wife suggested I could find beeswax at a local hobby lobby and she was right. I decided to try soy wax which is about half the price. I had to adjust the proportions. I believe I ended up at about 4 oz (by weight) soy wax to 4 oz (measuring cup) mineral oil. Only a small batch. It gives the bowls a beautiful luster. Time will tell if there are any issues with this.

Any way Thanks!

Cary Goltermann

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167 Creative Culinary May 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

Please keep me apprised Cary; would love to know if there is a good alternative, particular if it’s less expensive. The one reason that mineral oil is used in this combination is because any plant based oil (olive, walnut, etc) has the potential to go rancid. Although soy is plant based the fact that it’s available as a wax seems to indicate it won’t; nothing wrong with a less expensive alternative if it does the job just as well! Thanks so much for the information and taking the time to let me know.

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168 Pam May 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

Wow! My Dad would make something like this when he re-conditioned people’s furniture for them. He said that dry wood would eat it up just like a sponge. So thank you for sharing.

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169 Creative Culinary May 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

Your Dad was right Pam…when I do something for the first time especially. The recipe makes a fair amount but I’m not having an issue with that! :)

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170 Laly May 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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171 Creative Culinary May 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Certainly…glad so many are finding it and using it…it’s a great find and really does a good job.

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172 Franca Alterman May 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

Would this work on a piano? This is not one of the black lacquered surfaces, but it’s actually really nice wood and it’s looking a little dull…

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173 Jennifer Neibert May 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I think this is awesome! I haven’t made it yet but definitely want to. I know you said you were looking for comments on this however, I was wondering if you have used it or if it could be used on other wooden items such as coffee tables and such or if you should just stick with the kitchen items? It seems a lot of furniture polishes or dusting sprays end up leaving a very nasty film over time and I am looking to use more natural products to bring out the furnitures natural beauty. Well, that is my question. I think your Wood Butter is great!

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174 Creative Culinary May 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

I’ve had a lot of folks ask about using this for wood furniture but I’ve not done that and so hesitate to say anything pro or con. Another commenter left a comment with information on what would be a good mix for restoring wood furniture that you might want to check out.

If it were me…I would do a small test and see if I liked the results and proceed from there.

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175 Karla Bannerman May 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Tried this on some really old utensils that I was using for decoration. Really brought them back to life. Had an old bread board that was my grandmothers, used nearly the whole 4 oz on it was so dry, but now looks good as new!
Thanks,
Karla

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176 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

Love those kind of stories Karla…it really is great stuff isn’t it? I gave it for Christmas presents and people were sort of, oh thanks, that’s nice. Then they tried it. :)

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177 Andrea May 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

Love it! I wonder…do you think I could use this on furniture?

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178 Dave May 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

If you want to work on furniture, try equal amounts of beeswax, turpentine and boiled linseed oil. Heat them carefully as above. The turp and BLO are flammable. NO open flames. Dispose of all rags and towels very carefully BLO will spontaneously combust. That means wash the rags, take them outside and spread them out to dry. NEVER wad them up or toss them in the trash. You’ll wake up to the house burning down around you.

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179 Marty Hahn May 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Thanks so much for the idea. What a wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family

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180 Shannon May 17, 2012 at 8:10 am

YAY! I’m a new proud owner of a fantastic black walnut butcher block island (unvarnished) and I’m just about to run out of my expensive “butcher block oil.” I’m going to get the ingredients to make a batch of this tonight!!

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181 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

Good for you! You know what I discovered that was most surprising? The VERY same mineral oil sold at the grocery as a laxative for about $1.50/bottle was available as a ‘wood finish’ product at the hardware store for $9/bottle. This is better…I still need to go over my stuff regularly but it lasts much longer than straight mineral oil. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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182 Rebeka May 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

could you use this as a leather treatment also???

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183 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

Honestly Rebeka I would not know; I’ve only used it on wood products. If you decide to test it out, please let me know.

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184 John Wall May 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

I am a part time woodworker. I have been using mineral oil on chopping/cutting & serving boards that I have made up to know. I made up a batch of ‘Wood Butter’ a few days ago and applied it to several of my newly made chopping boards. It is very easy to apply, looks great and has a pleasant smell and is cost effective. I think that owners would enjoy the ‘ritual’ of a maintaining such wooden utensils with the ‘Wood Butter’. I plan to supply my customers with a small contained of the ‘Wood Butter’ when they buy cutting/serving boards.

Thanks

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185 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

So glad you liked it John and what a wonderful addition for your customers; very thoughtful of you.

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186 Sharon May 17, 2012 at 6:28 am

I came here from lifehacker, and I will make a few jars of these for Christmas gifts.

Ev’rybody needs some woodbutter.

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187 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

Well, I certainly appreciate Lifehacker sending so many folks over to check it out! I love the stuff; just did all of my cutting boards again the other day.

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188 haydee hirsch May 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

what a great recipe for Wood Butter, thank you, but i would like to know if this can be used on wood furniture—i have not made it, but would like to make some soon. thanks.
haydee

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189 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

I don’t have any experience with using it on furniture but I suppose it’s similar to a furniture polish. For the real benefits of having it soak into the wood, it would have to be used on unfinished furniture.

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190 fanchon May 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Merci pour cette recette de beurre pour bois qui semble être vraiment géniale .
J’aimerais beaucoup la réaliser mais en france nous n’avons pas les même mesures et
utilisons les (ml , cl , et dl ) pouvez vous me dire à quoi corespond l’once ? .
Merci d’avance et bravo pour travail et vos partages .
Fanchon

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191 A May 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

Bonjour,
Je pense que l’once est autour 30 ml, mais si vous utilizer la même proportion d’un part beeswax(desolée, je ne sais pas le mot en français!) à quatre parts de l’huile, vous devriez le faire bien.

-A

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192 Joyce Gerhold May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Can this be used on wood furniture also or just kitchen wooden items? Thanks, sounds easy enough to make. I have a lot of kitchen wooden items that could use a sprucing up. I used to collect rolling pins so I have quite a few. Bet they would shine up and look really pretty again!

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193 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

I’ve had lots of folks ask me that and I hesitate to say, ‘Sure’ since I’ve never done it…but I would if I had a piece that I thought would benefit. Most furniture is finished with a varnish type layer so this would not penetrate that…it would have to be natural, unfinished wood to really benefit I would think.

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194 LISA CARSON May 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

How about using on wooden dining room tables. Mine is just finished with an oil rub and this might protect it better.

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195 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

I can only advise on the items I’ve used it for Lisa but wood is wood so I would think it would work fine; suggest testing it on a small area first.

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196 Wendy Morgan May 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

My husband makes cutting boards for gifts and this would be perfect to include in the package with them. Look forward to making some soon.

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197 Creative Culinary May 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

That would be an extra special gift Wendy. I have a board I keep outside in a bakers rack. It’s on a covered patio but still; each spring I have to bring it in and scrub it down and bleach the dirt off of it. This year I gave it the butter treatment…amazing how beautiful it looks again. Now wishing I had done THAT for a before and after! Thanks for visiting.

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198 ioan26 May 5, 2012 at 12:07 am

Hello! Please tell me when you apply the solution, after solidification and before, when it is still liquid?

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199 Creative Culinary May 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

I suppose you could when it’s liquid but I never have; I make several jars of it at one time and then use it as I need it. The result is semi soft; you can just swipe a cloth or paper towel through it easily and rub it in.

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200 jennifer May 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

This looks so beautiful and I have been looking for something to use on my cutting boards. Plus it looks really simple, so thanks for sharing. I only wonder if it can be tweaked to use a different oil that is stable and won’t go rancid at room temperature. I just feel funny about putting my food or body into contact with a gasoline by-product on a daily basis. I’ve been using Crate and Barrel’s non toxic wood oil, which is a blend of “refined seed oil, lemon oil, vitamin E, carotene.” I wonder if this can be a good lead into breaking this down into a healthy DIY wood butter recipe. I just wonder what seed oil they use?

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201 Creative Culinary May 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I know that feeling so did a lot of checking and that it’s a by product does make some people squeamish but it’s really the best product to use. it’s odorless and colorless and that the pharmacy sell it for a laxative I’m assuming safe. Most other oils will go rancid…hmm, wonder what they do use? Seed is just a bit generic isn’t it? Please let me know if you find something; would be great to know.

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202 Cheryl May 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

From everything I’ve read about mineral oil, it will not go rancid. I’ve had one bottle for several years, and it’s still good.

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203 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

You’re right Cheryl, it won’t go rancid. Some have reservations about using mineral oil as it’s a by product of petroleum but all of the ‘bad’ stuff has been removed and I have no such concerns; I would be much more concerned about some of the suggestions I’ve seen elsewhere…olive oil and walnut oil can both go bad!

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204 Loretta May 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

I’ve always wanted to find something like this, but I was too afraid to use stuff from the store and never thought to make my own! Such a simple recipe, too!

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205 Creative Culinary May 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

The stuff from the store is so much more expensive. Additionally, the same products, one labeled as mineral oil for a laxative at the pharmacy and one labeled as wood conditioner at the hardware store were about $8 different in price. Be sure to get it from the pharmacy!

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206 Nana Jones March 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thanks, just what I needed!

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207 Creative Culinary March 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I hope you love it…it has made such a difference for my wood products. Not that I don’t have to continue to use it, but in Colorado it’s a given things will dry out and this mixture sort of balances how quickly that will happen.

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208 Page Styles March 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

here it is!

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209 Alicia March 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Made this, this evening – made a 1/2 batch, but enough for me and mom and already having visions of making this for my mother and sister in law as gifts. Currently, I’m waiting impatiently for it to cool so I can give it a go. Seeing as I live a stone’s throw from you in Castle Rock, CO and my mom in Monument, CO I expect our VERY thirsty wooden utensils (and other unvarnished wooden items) will appreciate the TLC. Thanks for the recipe!

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210 Alicia March 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

Used the cooled version this morning, my wooden utensils literally drank this stuff! Awesome!

I think I’ll haev to do a few coats to get my utensils ultra happy, but at least now I can!

Mother and Sister in law are definitely getting some for Mother’s Day. Thanks again for the recipe!

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211 Mary February 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

I just want to thank you. I made a batch of this yesterday, and will be giving some away as gifts, and kept some to use on my thirsty wooden utensils and bamboo cutting board (works beautifully on bamboo). This is worlds better than the straight mineral oil I had been using. One of the best parts is the slight honey scent to the wood butter. I’m in love.

Thanks again!
Mary Most Recent Post: Modern Milkglass Bud Vase

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212 Creative Culinary February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thanks for letting me know Mary; it’s always good to hear that something I love is enjoyed by others too. I’ve already had requests for refills for the jars I made for gifts…everyone’s wooden utensils and cutting boards were VERY thirsty!

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213 Trish February 13, 2012 at 2:48 am

This would be great for wooden knife handles and knife blocks, but I could also see this being used on kitchen cupboards. It could rejuvenate some older cupboards. Love this thank you!

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214 Creative Culinary February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

As long as your wood does not have a layer of varnish on it that would eliminate the ability for it to soak it I think it has multiple application possibilities.

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215 Deborah Lee February 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’m wondering if this would be good for my husband’s cello that was made in the late 1700’s. My main concern would be if there is any residue that would get on his clothes while playing and it’s interaction with the varnish that is on it.

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216 Creative Culinary February 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

If his cello is varnished I’m not sure this would help since that is a finish that protects wood and would most likely keep this from getting into the wood. From my own experience, it completely soaks into the items I’ve done and doesn’t leave any kind of surface residue but they are all unfinished (except for maybe stain) items.

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217 Angela Watts February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Going to have to add those to my shopping list. I’ve got a set of spoons my mom bought me when I graduated high school. Nice expensive ones sold through Stonewall Kitchen here in Maine. They’ve definitely seen better days….and I’d like to keep the new caphalon ones I bought from suffering the same fate, being thinner in design.

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218 Creative Culinary February 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

If a bit rough, lightly sand them with a find grade of sandpaper first for even better results.

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219 Angela Watts February 18, 2012 at 1:58 am

They aren’t rough so much as smaller than when they were bought…..they’ve seen lots of usage in the past 14yrs….I tend to oil them inconsistently so they have a dark patina from the sauce line down and are light from the sauce line up….lol

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220 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

You mean like that one of mine in the before/after photo? Yes, that spoon has been used a LOT but it still benefits from a bit of butter love. :)

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221 Jolene L February 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

THis looks great! Would it work on a butcher block as well? I have a large one on legs that needs protecting, and I’d rather make something than to buy the expensive mystery oil stuff from Boos.

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222 Creative Culinary February 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Yes, I’ve used it on all of my butcher blocks; worked beautifully.

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223 Jen Bruns February 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks for the recipe! I just bought some bamboo utensils and used mineral oil but this looks a whole lot less messy.

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224 Creative Culinary February 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It’s a bit to get done but long term…I like using it much better than just mineral oil.

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225 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thanks for the info — so glad you shared methods on keeping wood utensils long lasting :)
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226 Creative Culinary February 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

It is really a great, easy product to restore lost lustre to wood products. Especially here in our arid state. All of my stuff just looks fabulous.

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227 Stephanie Shoaf February 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

What about using either canola or olive oil instead of mineral oil? I keep those two on hand.

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228 Barb-OK February 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

Vegetable based oils can become rancid and sticky over time. Have you ever had a tiny oil spill go unnoticed and then when you find it, it has become almost impossible to remove because it is sticky and doesn’t smell too good?

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229 Creative Culinary February 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Exactly Barb…why I would not recommend any plant or nut based oil…besides that? The mineral oil is MUCH cheaper!

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230 Barb-OK February 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yes, and like my grand daughter, many people are allergic to tree nuts. She cannot ingest any form of them, whether it is oils or extracts, or just right out of the shell.

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231 Creative Culinary February 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I would not recommend that as either of those two oils can go bad whereas mineral oil is traditionally used for this purpose because it does not. It’s easy to find and very inexpensive. I think I paid about $1.25 for each 16 ounce bottle that I found at both the grocery and Walmart in the drug section (it’s sold there as a laxative…same exact product is sold at Home Depot as a wood finish!).

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232 Brenda Rezac February 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

Can/should this be used on bamboo utensils? Tell me more of using it on hands. Does it leave them greasy?

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233 Creative Culinary February 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I don’t see why not; it’s a type of wood…that being said I’ve not done any bamboo myself so might suggest you test a small spot first. My hands are so dry here in Denver…it just soaks right in…but we were sort of kidding, though I’m going to put some on and wear gloves to bed and hope it has some time to sink it. Before my skin flakes off entirely!

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234 DJ Braun January 31, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thanks for the tutorial! I have a quick question: for the ingredients are those liquid ounces or by weight? (that is very confusing for we who use metric!)

(and another question: how would other non-metric people know, by reading this, if it’s supposed to be by weight or by volume? England (at least when I lived there) was only imperial measures but they weigh everything for cooking and baking).

Anyway that second question I don’t expect you to answer:) but I still am curious!

TIA
DJ

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235 Creative Culinary January 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

The beeswax was by weight; I received a 16oz package that I split in two to make one batch. The mineral was liquid measure as each bottle contained 16oz liquid.

I did take those measures for granted because of what I was using; the beeswax packaged by weight and the other liquid ounces..I’ll go clarify that as best I can now…thanks!

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236 DJ Braun January 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

thanks for the quick reply–I’m looking forward to makíng this this coming weekend!

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237 Mary January 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for posting this… I am planning to put a mixture together this weekend and try it to touchup my kitchen cabinets and a night stand in the bedroom that has seen better days !!!

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238 Creative Culinary January 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Good luck Mary; let me know how it works for you…Barb

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239 spencer January 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

thank you so much for sharing…… awesome!

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240 Creative Culinary January 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

You are most welcome Spencer; hope it’s something you can use!

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241 vicki January 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

looks interesting

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242 Stephanie Shoaf January 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

What a great idea! I was looking at my wooden utensils the other day wondering what to do to restore their luster. Thanks.

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243 Creative Culinary January 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’ve found that some of my old utensils need pretty regular applications they got so dried out…but as I use it more often they need it less! Your name takes me back a lifetime. I used to live and work in Raleigh, NC with a fellow named Earl Shoaf; funny how some of those names (like yours) are unique enough that we always have that recall!

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244 Jillian E. January 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I just found this on pinterest, I am so excited, I make a lot of my own knitting needles and accessories and love the look of unfinished wood, but they get warped and dried out over time and I was using just beeswax, but this will be perfect and a lot easier to apply than the beeswax alone!! Thank you!

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245 Creative Culinary January 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yay…having someone find something I’ve put on here and actually use it? That’s perfect and makes the effort all the more worthwhile. Let me know how it works out for you Jillian.

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246 Benita Williams January 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I live in the So. California high desert. All my wooden
Surfaces need this. I will be cutting the recipe in
Half in use on my china hutch. I just haven’t found anything
That works well. Wish me luck!!!

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247 Creative Culinary January 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

You’ve got it…let me know how it works for you.

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248 Kerri January 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I was wondering something….I plan on making this and I have a cutting board (home-made by a family member serving in the military) that is made with jaboba (? sp) wood, maple and cherry strips. He told me that the cherry will darken if I don’t use a wood butter with UV protectant in it. Any idea what we could use to put into our wood butter to get that UV protection??? I would love to surprise him with a jar, since he says it is rather expensive in the stores. Thanks for your help!!

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249 Creative Culinary January 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

So I did a quick search because I sure didn’t know and found this page: http://www.vivawoman.net/2010/04/05/getting-sun-protection-from-natural-ingredients/

Seems some oils do have a bit of UV in the so maybe you could add one of those recommended?

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250 Barb-OK January 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Kerri, all wood darkens with age. It is called oxidation. We have had a wood workshop for 40 years, and anytime you put anything on wood, it will also appear darker. If you don’t believe it, just put a drop of water on a piece and rub it in. When it dries it won’t be dark. I think protecting the wood from light would mean leaving it in a dark place and not ever use it. Light will bleach out a stain finish though, if it is intense enough.
I have a salt box made of cherry wood and it is gorgeous with a buffed coating of this mixture. It was dull without it.
Jatoba wood is a Brazilian Cherry wood. If you oil wood the grain is more prominent, so it makes it more beautiful. All woods contain oils and moisture and it will dry out it will become dull and lifeless looking.
I have an antique Hoozier Cabinet, with a pull out cutting board. It was used a lot for cutting meat and making pastries evidently. The board has a deep saturation of fats, and I have never had to worry about it drying out. So the best thing you can do with your board is to use it, love it and it will become more beautiful as the years go by. Just the oil from your hands will darken wood. My two Cedar rolling pins my dad made in 1936 for my mother and grandmother are saturated with fats, from being used for pie crusts dough through two generations. They are beautiful.

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251 Creative Culinary January 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks Barb for the great info!

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252 Kerri January 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thank you so much! You guys are great! I made one batch already, with organic beeswax even!!!. It is blissful!!!!!!

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253 LaBreeska Massy January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Wood Butter: just wondering why using mineral a patrolum based product on eating utinsels…as you may have noticed…cant spell worth a flip….just wondering in North Georgia???

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254 Creative Culinary January 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

It is a by product of petroleum which is true but it is also considered safe for consumption and most often sold as a laxative so felt safe using it for this product.

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255 Rita January 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Will this work on my antique table? I usually use lemon oil occasionally, but it still seems to get dried out. It sits where it’s constantly in sunshine & I’m sure that doesn’t help, but I have a small home & nowhere else to move it.

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256 Creative Culinary January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I would think so Rita. I use it for an antique storage box I own. Mineral oil is sold as a wood conditioner all by itself, the addition of beeswax just makes for a more emollient and bit thicker application.

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257 Trudy January 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I am wondering if the wood butter would be okay to use on leather??

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258 Creative Culinary January 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Trudy I would hesitate to recommend that without ever having tried it. Maybe if you made some for wood and tested an inconspicuous piece you could see if it delivered good results for leather?

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259 Kara Rosales January 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I know that you’ve probably already done the drawing, but I wanted to comment anyway. As soon as I saw this on Pinterest I thought that it would be perfect for knitters to condition their bamboo knitting needles. I have a set of DPN’s that my son stuck in his mouth, and now they’re just not quite as smooth as shiny as they used to be. Thanks for the recipe!

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260 Creative Culinary January 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I would think they would work. I might take a very fine grade sandpaper to them first and them treat them.

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261 Jacki January 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

I am so going to make this. My spoons, cutting board and rolling pin are in desperate need of some loving! Thanks for the info. :)

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262 Creative Culinary January 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm

You are most welcome; hope you love it too.

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263 kathy December 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I am enjoying your site and am a ‘newby’ to home-made items. I love saving money and the environment at the same time, in fact, it seems to me that a lot of these products are actually better than the store bought ones. I’m excited to try this one, as I, too, have a couple of nice cutting boards and utensils. Thanks.

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264 Creative Culinary December 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Thank you for visiting Kathy and I so agree with you. Funny story…the mineral oil for this recipe is sold at the grocery in the pharmacy section for $1.30/bottle when sold as a laxative. The same product, sold at Home Depot in a pretty little bottle with a picture of wood items and sold as a conditioner for wood? $9. I just about died and so will continue to let the clerk at the store think I have a huge problem as I buy this four bottles at a time. :)

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265 PAGE December 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

All gone? I’d love to have some. I just found your blog and LOVE it! My favorite recent cockatail is ABSOLUTE PEARS, PELLIGRINO AND PEAR SYRUP. I make canned pears with pear brandy and save the syrup. This is a really yummy and refreshing drink. (:

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266 Beth December 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Could you use this on bamboo items?

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267 Christina Ward December 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’m definitely going to try and make a batch…but would love to get some for control purposes. Because! My lovely husband bought me this amazing handmade cutting board! It’s mixed woods, locally made and just gorgeous. I want to make sure it lasts forever. (The cutting board was made by Delia Sophia in Milwaukee. Her site is: http://www.deliasophia.etsy.com) Thanks!

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268 Creative Culinary December 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

I just got some new wooden utensils too and they are getting a dose before ever touching any food or water!

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269 Tina Marshall December 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Forgive me if this seems a silly question, but how are you applying the wood butter to your wood kitchen items? I’m assuming maybe by rubbing it on with a soft rag?

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270 Creative Culinary December 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

I’ve just been using a paper towel but found some cheesecloth yesterday so will probably keep a piece of that stored with the butter and use it over and over. Not a silly question; maybe silly of me not to indicate that in post? Will be revised momentarily!

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271 Elisa December 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I am definitely going to make this. Just an FYI, when I make my lip balm and lotion bars with oil and beeswax, I put the oil into the glass measuring cup with the beeswax and heat both at the same time. One less item to clean. :-)

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272 Creative Culinary December 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I do that too Elisa but just heat up the oil a bit in some warm water before adding it…no pans to clean or I wouldn’t bother with that step, I’m all about saving steps and time too…thanks for stopping by; let me know if you do make it and what you think.

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273 Sherlie Magaret December 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

This is a great idea and recipe, my husband has retired and is making wooden items and we have been using almond oil on them for finishing and using for food as it doesnt have any oder or taste and doesnt get rancid but a small jar of this would be great to include with a bowl or cutting board as a gift. Thank you for the recipe.

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274 Creative Culinary December 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

That’s what I did for a couple of small gifts this year Sherlie; either a small cutting board of a nice wood spoon with some of the wood butter. Everyone has loved it; amazing how something so simple can be so perfect.

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275 Diane Brown December 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Hi! Wow, this is wonderful! Living in Arizona, with no humidity, I know exactly what you mean about our poor, dried out utensils (not to mention our hands!). I was wondering if you think this would also work on my sad, but very small wood floor in my kitchen. It has certainly seem better days! Thanks so much for sharing!

Diane Brown
Glendale, Arizona

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276 Creative Culinary December 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Mineral oil has long been used as a wood conditioner Diane; it’s even sold in Home Depot for that purpose. The beeswas just makes it a thicker and more emollient product; I would try a small section and see what you think. If your floor has varnish, it is not going to penetrate though, just an fyi.

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277 Amanda December 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I have a wooden box I got while traveling in Zanzibar. I lugged that thing with me on safari (it’s about two feet by two feet, and a foot or so deep). Over the years, it has dulled, and I think this would give it the beautiful look it had when it was new.

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278 Michelle December 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I need this stuff…my cutting board and wood utensils are thirsty for this

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279 Jenniffer Hernandez December 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Wow, this is awesome! I know more than one person I could give this too. I’d love to win :)

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280 Creative Culinary December 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

The giveaway ended a bit ago Jennifer but it’s easy enough to make; I’m sure your friends would LOVE some from you!

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281 Carla G December 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This is a great idea and the before and after picture has convinced me I need this :)

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282 Creative Culinary December 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

We all need some wood butter in our lives Carla!

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283 Mac December 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

In 1976, my father gave me a walnut mountain dulcimer that he had custom made for me in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. After all these years, it no longer looks its best, and I’m wondering if this is the answer. I have been unable to find anything, commercially, that claims to be safe on musical instruments. This recipe has me very curious. I would love to try it. My dulcimer is unfinished.
Mac C.

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284 Creative Culinary December 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I would test a bit and see what you think…I like that it’s not a hard finish and I’m assuming it would renew the wood without affecting it adversely. It might need a couple of applications.

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285 David Wilhelms December 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

Do you think this would work for all wood furniture? I’d like to try it on my oak kitchen table. Or is it just for unfinished wood?

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286 Sarah December 24, 2011 at 7:43 am

I am making this as soon as I get home! How often do you have to apply the butter to your wood tools?

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287 Creative Culinary December 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

It all depends on how often you use them. I do everything every couple of; they need it pretty bad by then!

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288 Karen (Back Road Journal) December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I am so happy to have found your lovely blog and especially this post. I live in a 1730’s house and have a lot of wood cooking pieces in my kitchen. This will certainly bring a lot of my antiques that I use for cooking back to life.
Karen (Back Road Journal) Most Recent Post: Not Your Average Turkey

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289 Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

Perfect Karen. It is great stuff; inexpensive to made and really makes a difference. Make sure you find your mineral oil in the drugstore aisle at the grocery; I needed more and stopped by Home Depot. Hmm, there fancier plastic bottle of the same stuff as a wood condition was $9 vs the mineral oil sold at the drug aisle at the grocery for $1.45. Not kidding!

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290 Lacy December 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Love this! I’m definitely pinning this and going to try to remember it for next year’s Christmas gifts!

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291 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Don’t wait that long…maybe Mother’s Day. I’m giving some with a set of wooden spoons to one friend. Besides YOU need some!

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292 Barb-OK December 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I made it today! I cut the recipe in half, since I won’t be sharing it soon. I sent one to the workshop with DH. He usually uses mineral oil on anything that will go in the kitchen, but I think this will be better. It feels great on hands that have seen too much dish water. I got 3 half pints from half the recipe.

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293 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

That’s perfect. I doubled it and got twelve! Everyone is getting some of this from me this year…and you are right; it is great for hands too.

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294 Sara December 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I have a bunch of wood items that could use some love. One of my cutting boards just split in half at Thanksgiving!

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295 hello haha narf December 15, 2011 at 7:31 am

sadly i did not win. also sad that i know i need this and will never make it.
ANYONE CARE TO SELL ME A JAR?
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296 Carolyn December 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

How did I miss this one??? Sorry I’m so late. The wood butter looks amazing!

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297 Barb-OK December 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I am so thrilled to find this mixture. My husband makes the most wonderful wood items for my kitchen and I need to “butter” them. I’ll be making this as soon as I get the beeswax.

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298 Jessie December 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

I have a few utensils that are crying for some TLC. What a great idea.

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299 Creative Culinary December 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

So easy too and great little gifts. Thanks for stopping by Jessie.

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300 angela hernandez December 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

:+) Merry Christmas

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301 Creative Culinary December 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

And the same back to you Angela!

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302 A Canadian Foodie December 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

Brilliant! Especially now when wooden serving bowls and trays and boards are making a HUGE comeback! Can’t wait to make some and would LOVE to win some!
:)
V
My daughter is in the US so I guess I am still “in”?

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303 Creative Culinary December 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The daughter in the US works…I supposedly cut it off last night but I’ll throw your name into random.org; it’s the holidays!

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304 Charmaine December 3, 2011 at 4:09 am

Looks gorgeous, B. I could have used your help tonight. Epic, colossal failure in the kitchen…. Will tell all and rehash tomorrow.

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305 Creative Culinary December 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Wish I could have been there! Hoping next Saturday is warmer and not snowing; am excited to see everyone including you and the ‘bump.’ :)

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306 Natalie December 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m disqualified, being Canadian, but I’m glad Paula’s getting some! :) And I like this because it gives me another use for the beeswax I’m collecting from my beehives!

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307 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Now that is most special! I don’t want to offend my Canadian friends but shipping from here to there? You would think I wanted it to go to the moon or something. :)

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308 Jen Schall December 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

Oh my goodness… I need to make this! Everyone in my family has lots of old wooden bowls and spoons that could use a little extra TLC. Love it!

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309 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I knew you would! Glad I begged you enough to get you over here Jen.

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310 Jenne December 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

My mom would love this. She would use it for everything wood in her kitchen!

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311 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I have. I sort of did a search and amazing how much I found…plus I have a lot of butcher block boards all over; they love it too,

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312 Tickled Red December 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

This is going on my to do list for holiday gifts!! You are amazing. What else is in that gift basket ? ;D

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313 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This year it’s going to be a pound of my home cured and smoked bacon, a pint of either cranberry or coffee liqueur, this mix and probably some cocoa and cayenne nuts. And I’m all done, just need to give out and ship a couple. Whew…love being done so early!

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314 Pam December 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

I plan to make some of this to give as Christmas gifts!

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315 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Lovely Pam…that’s where mine are headed. I’m also doing a swap this weekend…everyone brings something they’ve made and we barter with each other for stuff we want…swapping as it were.

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316 Brian @ A Thought For Food December 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

This is great, Barb! I have a number of wood bowls that we were given for our wedding that could use a little lovin’!

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317 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Love Butter it is.

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318 Nelly Rodriguez December 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

This is so awesome, and I had never even heard of it. I’d love it to repurpose some spoons I bought from the second hand store for props. How does the wax hold up to washings? Just wondering.

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319 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

It holds up for a bit Nelly but I don’t wash my things so much as wipe them down. Except the spoons; you can see they get a lot of use and yes, some abuse!

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320 Deb @ knitstamatic December 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

I love this idea, I generally oil my boards, bowls and spoons but everything is betta with butta, right? Hee, hee. I have this wonderful old weathered, handmade wooden “bread” board that I got at a garage sale that would be the first thing to try it on. The word “bread” is carved in relief on it. Love this board. And then there’s the wooden spoon my brother-in-law made for me.

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321 Elle December 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

Oh my gosh, this stuff is amazing! Even if I don’t win, thanks so much for sharing it, Barb. I have lots of wooden things that need some TLC.

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322 Katy | Alphabet Soup December 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

What a great idea! We have really low humidity here as well, and I admit that I don’t always treat my wood items very well… Now, are you sure you don’t want my firstborn? Maybe just for a week or so? He loves the cold weather and always wants to go somewhere that it snows (we have cold, but very little moisture in winter).

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323 Móna Wise December 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

Darn! I was in it all the way until that last one about having to live in the US!
I have a bowl, that is big and beautiful and it could really do with a bath of your beautiful bowl butter. However, now that you have shared your recipe, I will just have to make a batch of my own. Lovely idea Barb for Christmas Culinarians!

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324 jane bauer December 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

I am so glad you posted this. I’ve got several wooden utensils and cutting boards that need some protection after many years of use…and I seem to always forget to get some. I’m going to try this.

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325 hello haha narf December 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

it is quite possible that you might be a mind reader because just a few days ago i was looking at all of my wooden utensils and deciding that i needed to find a way to perk them up. several belonged to my mother first and i would hate to lose them…they are much more to than just a few wooden spoons and salad forks now that she is no longer living. i’m absolutely thrilled to see the gorgeous difference in the items you posted and truly hope my pieces rebound as beautifully. thank you for this sweepstakes (yes, i read the rules!). here’s to hoping for a christmas miracle, because i can only imagine the mess if i try to make this concoction!

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326 Lisa @ Dust with Flour December 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thanks for this. I wonder if you could use almond oil instead of mineral oil?

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327 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 1, 2011 at 6:13 am

Neat! I love this–all your wood looks beautiful, very impressive :)

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328 Jennifer (Delicieux) December 1, 2011 at 3:24 am

What a great post. I would never have thought of something like this, but I need it for all of my wooden utensils. This would make a great Christmas present too!

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329 Zee @ The Recipe Code November 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Thanks for sharing! Many wooden things at my place need that butter!

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330 pat k November 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The treated bowls and utensils look beautiful! I have so many items that need to be “buttered”. I will definitely be making this for gifts to share with friends and family (and myself). Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

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331 Lyn H November 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

The difference of your wooden utensils/bowls, etc. is amazing! I copied the recipe. Thanks!
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332 Creative Culinary November 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I had to do that Lyn…nothing quite like a before and after to really show how it works is there?

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333 Karen Harris November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Very clever. I have a whole collection of wooden bowls, platters and utensils from Hawaii that need a good dousing. Your “after” photo looks so good. Williams Sonoma will be sad to lose this $7.00 a bottle wooden utensil oil customer.

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334 Creative Culinary November 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I love Williams Sonoma too but now plan to save you the big bucks! My birthday and I’ll bring the gifts!

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335 Tricia November 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Great idea – though if I don’t win I’ll make some anyway….I have so many tools/platters that could use some love!

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336 Creative Culinary November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

And if you do win you’ll make some eventually anyhow!

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337 Boulder Locavore November 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Brilliant! I have purchased similar products to moisturize my bamboo cutting boards. As you said the dryness here is a challenge for wood but couple that with something one rinses frequently and your done for. I love the DIY opportunity here and definitely think it’s a perfect stocking stuffer too. Great idea Barb. BTW other post did NOT show up yet in email; this one did.

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338 Creative Culinary November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Easy, inexpensive and something every cook will love; how can you go wrong? I’m making 24 more jars of it this weekend. Wood Butter R Us!

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339 Barb-OK December 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

Can you share the source of the small gift size jars?

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340 Creative Culinary December 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I just got them at Walmart Barb, they are often at the grocery too; just the standard 4oz ball jar I think.

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341 Barb-OK December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Thank you, they just didn’t look like Ball jars from here! I am not sure my stores have the 4 oz. The only small size I have are the 8 oz. I use for marmelade. I will be in the city tomorrow, maybe I can find something there. I want to do a couple for gifts.

342 Debra Hempe November 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

I just love this. What a great gift idea for the foodies in your life. Thank you for sharing this easy but useful recipe.

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343 Donna November 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I saw your tweets about wood butter and wondered what kind of butter you were making out of what kind of wood. This make a lot more sense. One of my friends just started keeping bees as a hobby. Maybe I can get some wax from her …

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344 Matthew Novak November 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I want some wood butter! I have been trying to retore some old boards with just mineral oil, this stuff looks way better, can’t wait to try it out.

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345 Andrea Wong - So D'lish November 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for the recipe, it looks nice and easy… I like nice and easy :) Even though the humidity here in Auckland is generally quite high, I’m sure that my wooden kitchen items would enjoy a bit of a spruce up.

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346 Jennifer Harris November 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I have a butcher block that I have tried many products on but none have helped revive it. Maybe this would do the trick.

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347 Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

My bowls need some lovin’ and my spoons need to shine like the Chrysler Building!:)

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348 Priscilla - She's Cookin' November 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Looks like we could all use some wood butter! Great find – thanks for sharing, Barb!

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349 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I have a few wooden items that can benefit from wood butter–what a great thing to have handy. Love the before and after shots–the difference is so clear. Awesome!

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350 Erin November 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This is wonderful! I rarely use my wooden items just because I am worried about them wearing out. If I don’t win this (or even if I do actually) I need to make some!

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351 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Just use them…no point in having them if you don’t. If they get a bit rough just a light sanding (same with cutting boad) and some of this butter and they would be like new. The ones in the photo. Must be 15+ years old!

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352 Delishhh November 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is awesome – you know i buy something similar that you put on your dog’s paws especially if they are cracked. I bet this would work great there too. Very cool post!

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353 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thank you! I also buy something for Abbie my dog; Bag Balm it’s called. It smells a bit medicinal and this is odorless so I do like that better.

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354 sippitysup November 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

My low humidity is a problem too. I suppose if its safe for bowls it might be a great balm for my poor withered cutting board too. GREG

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355 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I know it would Greg; it’s like magic on mine!

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356 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Ok, you get the sympathy vote…or your cutting board does. It would cheer it up a lot Greg!

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357 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

How brilliant is this!? I have so many things in my kitchen that could benefit from a good rubdown with a little wood butter. Fantastic, Barb!

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358 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Thank you Lana; you can imagine if you have issues in the humid south just how much it’s important here. You have your humidity and ours. :)

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359 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

And so easy too. Except for that was laden measuring cup it’s no big deal to put together. Making some more Saturday…I want a huge inventory!

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360 SMITH BITES November 29, 2011 at 7:15 am

absolutely FABULOUS!!! i would never, ever have thought such a thing existed . . . i have used plain ol’ mineral oil on my boards and they are fine . . . just fine . . . but i’m thinking the addition of beeswax would be the bees knees!!!

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361 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

Much more emollient and for lack of a better word, just a richer look Deb. Like you’ve I’ve managed w/o the beeswax for years but there is a difference and besides, a much nicer gift than a bottle of mineral oil. :)

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362 Kristen M. November 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I have a butcher block table that I’d love to freshen up. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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363 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

Most welcome Kristen…I think I love most how it keeps my large butcher blocks look so nice. You should take before and after pics too.

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364 Erica November 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I saw this post and immediately thought of my mother. She has boards and spoons in desperate need of conditioning. She has butcher block oil but hates uses it since it is liquid and gets everywhere whenever she tries. A more solid wood butter is exactly what she needs.

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365 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

I like that about it too…very emollient but not running all over the place. Perfect I say!

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366 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

What a fun project. I’d love a jar of the “wood butter”. ::wink:: ::wink:: Hee, that made me giggle. Great post Barb!

xoxo
Heather

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367 Creative Culinary November 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

Yes, you and a couple of others who got carried away with the term; I had to ignore them!

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368 cat@neohomesteading.com November 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

That’s such a good idea. I bet it would season cast iron really well also! I’ve been wanting cute wood bowls but it seems like one more thing I would have to try to not ruin.

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369 Ruth Fidino November 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Ohhh huh! I’d love a jar of that. My husband is a wood turner and he just made the most lovely French rolling pins that could use a coat. Thanks.

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370 MaryBeth November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I have some wooden bowls and an ancient rolling pin that could use some lovin’.

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371 Deb November 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

For sure the wooden handles of my trusty knives could use a little TLC. Once I got started, my wooden cutting boards could use a little rubbing and buffing as well!

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372 Madam Charcuterie November 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I loved this post. I am a sucker for wood and have a ton of wood utensils, bowls, &cutting boards. I use each and every one of them so I am constantly conditioning them with wood oil. Would live to give the wood butter a try!

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373 Heather November 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Love your posts!

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374 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Wow the before and after is huge. I have some old wooden bowls and utensils from my grandparents that could use a good rub with some of that stuff.

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375 Sarah E. Welch November 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Oh—that looks awesome! I might have to make some for little Christmas presents :)

My cutting board & rolling pin could both use some wood butter love!

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376 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies November 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Barb, this is a fabulous fabulous thing. I didn’t see Wendi’s first post, and now I’m regretting it. My butcher block is in desperate need of this stuff.

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377 Paula November 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I saw your tweet to me first thing this a.m. but had to leave the house at 7:30 for appt’s in the city. Just getting a chance now to visit and you know I’d be here with or without that tweet! How sweet of you to send me a jar of this!!! I know I’m going to love it! In fact, I’m going to my local organic store tomorrow to see if they carry bees wax. I want to make jars of this for gifts!! I would think that this wood butter would be wonderful for any natural wood product that doesn’t have a protective finish on it (varathaned etc.) already. I’m just wondering, in case some of us can’t find bees wax if using paraffin wax would work the same?

Thank you Barb, for sending me a jar of this, for your kind words and for the link. Big Hugs :)

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378 beth anne November 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I love this idea! I have some wood spoons that are in desperate need of this :) And what a fun gift would this nmake!?! I thin a nice spoon and butter set would be a perfect holiday present set!!

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379 Nancy@acommunaltable November 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

WOO HOO!! I just found my “hostess gift” for the holidays!!! Can’t wait to make up a big batch of this – even have the cute little jars to put it in!! I have about 100 things to use this for – cutting boards, wooden spoons, bowls, platters, etc. !!
Ok, in the spirit of “paying it forward” let me share my dad’s method for cleaning and caring for wooden cutting boards – these instructions came with every board he made!! To clean your board DO NOT EVER immerse in water. Period. This warps the wood and if your board is a butcher block style, it will crack and weaken. Instead wipe the board off with a damp sponge and only a little soap and ONLY if you are working with fish, meat, poultry or pork.
To get rid of stains and “smells” get some kosher salt (Kosher works best but if you don’t have it regular table salt will work) and a fresh lemon. Sprinkle the salt over the board and cut the lemon in half, using the lemon half as a scouring pad scrub the board with the salt/lemon. When you finished scrubbing , wipe away the salt and lemon with a cloth. Finish with some of the “board butter” and you are good to go!!!

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380 Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips November 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

WOW

Totally LOVE this!!!!

Also, makes me think I should start thinking twice when I see “old” kitchen utensils at garage sales!!! What a fantastic way to rehab them!!

Definitely Pining this!

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381 Lora ~ cakeduchess November 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

I saw your tweet come through about this butter last night. This is amazing!! I wish you were my neighbor and I would get some for Christmas:)Love this.

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382 Creative Culinary November 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Me too. Butter, coffee, coffee cake. Boo that we are so far apart.

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383 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon November 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

Love your description…because it is both necessary and indulgent. Thank you for sharing the wood butter love!

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384 Creative Culinary November 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Let’s spread it far and wide…it’s too simple and such a great gift. I think I’m going to buy some wooden spoons and gift the two of them together.

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385 Creative Culinary November 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I can’t believe it took me so long. Mostly because I only occasionally get to Walmart and then I remember as I’m leaving and think, ‘Oh I’ll get it next time.’ Or…I’m too tired to walk all the way to the other side of the store.’ So I bought those four bottles and now need four more! Thank you Wendi; could not have done it without you!

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386 ~ Catherine ~ March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hello, I am totally enjoying your blog and all the recipe’s!!!
The Wood “utensil” Butter ;) looks wonderful!!!!!!
I am eager to make a batch. I was wondering how long do you think the jars with their lids on them would keep? I realize they are not processed or actually sealed. I am thinking the bee’s wax would probably keep forever like a candle, but would the mineral oil eventually begin to break down and go rancid or not? (it must be a pure sterile product since it can be safely used internally) What has your experienxce been with the shelf life after it is capped?
Thank you for your help. Keep up the nice work here!! :)

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387 Dave May 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Only vegetable and other organic oils go rancid. MINERAL oil can’t go rancid, it can only evaporate. The speed of evaporation will depend on the amount of open surface area, room temperature, and the weight of the oil. It usually comes in light and heavy, with “baby” being light with scent added. In a jar it will evaporate VERY slowly. If you wipe some around the inside of the cap, on the threads, before you close it, the seal will be even better.

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388 Creative Culinary May 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

And that’s exactly why it’s used for this purpose Dave! I’ve seen some folks pin this post and say they would not use mineral oil since it’s a byproduct of petroleum (the sky is falling!!) and then suggest olive or walnut oil…both of which can go rancid. I gave up trying to police their bad advice; hoping people would come to the source.

389 Creative Culinary February 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I suppose it does depend on use Jen; you and I might use them with regularity and it’s a non issue but I have to be careful what I suggest on this blog…someone else could oil a butcher block that is rarely used and end up with a problem so I have to take the safest route and using mineral oil was it.

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390 Regina October 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

What is the shelf life for this?

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391 Creative Culinary October 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I hesitate to say but there is really nothing to go bad; I have jars I made two years ago that are still good.

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