I love wooden cutting boards, spoons, and every other kitchen tool you can think of. The least amount of plastic in my kitchen the better. It just feels better in my hand and lasts far longer.
Something it took me far too long to realize is that they need some occasional TLC. That’s where this “spoon butter” or “wood butter” recipe comes in. Apply this whenever your wooden kitchen tools are feeling a little rough or not as shinny and pretty as you know they should be.
This recipe is made with all natural ingredients that are perfectly fine to ingest. Which makes sense since we are going to use these tools to cook with. This recipe is also petroleum free!
Homemade All Natural Spoon Butter
DIY & Handmade
Ultra simple, all natural, and petroleum free spoon butter. Perfect for your well loved wooden kitchen tools.
2 heaping tbsp beeswax (pellets or shaved)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1. Thoroughly scrub all of your wooden kitchen tools with soap and water. Allow to completely dry.
2. In a glass jar add 1/3 cup of beeswax pellets and 2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil.
3. Fill a pot with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Place the glass jar in the simmering water, until the contents of the jar are completely liquid.
4. Once the contents are liquid, remove from heat, pour into a glass container of your choice, and allow to cool. Allow the contents to hardened back to a solid form.
5. Grab a small amount at a time of the spoon butter and warm it in your hands until you are able to spread it onto your wooden surfaces. Apply generously but try not to leave excess on the surface.
6. Allow the wooden items to sit overnight or for 12 hours. Then, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
If you feel your wooden items are not smooth enough, repeat the entire process.
This will only make a small amount, but a little bit goes a very long way. You will most likely have left overs. However, it has a very long shelf life.
Alternatively, you could you a microwave, or a double broiler system to heat the beeswax and the coconut oil.
You’ll notice the color of the wood immediately grows richer and feels more polished. Well cared for wooden tools should feel basically like plastic. If you have done this process and your wooden kitchen tools still feel rough, try doing the process again. I will use this butter even on my brand new tools.
Everything in this butter is all natural and has an extremely long shelf life. So, it will last in a sealed container for awhile. (I don’t mind keeping mine over a year, but use your own discretion with that)
I hope you give your wooden tools some much needed love. My before pictures are pretty embarrassing but they look great and are working perfectly now.
Thank-you so much for taking time out of your day to hang out here!