Wooden utensils aren't too difficult to care for, but over time even the best wooden spoons, bowls, cutting boards and furniture start to show their age. Thankfully, you can bring them back to life with this recipe for "wood butter", which is essentially a canned mix of beeswax and mineral oil. Keep it in a jar or form it into bars and apply to any wooden utensil you own that needs a little restoration.
Over at Creative Culinary, this recipe for a huge batch of wood butter calls for 230g of pure beeswax (they reccomend beeswax pellets) and 950mL of mineral oil. Melt your beeswax in a container sitting in boiling water, and warm up the mineral oil just a bit so it'll mix. Then mix the two together, pour into jars or moulds, and set aside to cool and set up. Your final product, once cool and firm, will be soft enough that you can rub it onto your wooden utensils and cutting boards, or even scratched up chair legs and furniture. Plus, the application will give them all a good, healthy shine and help protect them from further wear and tear.
We've discussed how mineral oil is essential to good care for your cutting boards (and Alton Brown agrees), but the addition of beeswax gives you a nice solid that you moisturises and coats at the same time. What do you think? Many of the commenters at Creative Culinary propose making wood butter, putting it in jars and giving it away with artisan cutting boards. Worth a shot? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Wood Butter Helps Renew Wood Utensils and Bowls [Creative Culinary]