How To Care For Wooden Kitchen Utensils
I absolutely love my wood cooking utensils. When “junkin”, I always keep an eye out for any unusual or fun wooden spoons, bowls, spatulas,etc. Taking care of wooden kitchen utensils (and wooden cutting boards), especially ones that are “used” is different than taking care of metal utensils, but they’re definitely worth it.
Because wood is so porous and can contain all kinds of “things” I certainly don’t want in my kitchen, any pieces that I’ve picked up at garage sales, or flea markets, are given an extra amount of care before I use them:
Step 1: Sand
Use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges and get rid of any stains that might be there.
Step 2: Wash
After sanding, everything gets washed in hot soapy water. (I’ve had pieces warp in the dishwasher, so hand-wash them). Rinse and lay them in the dish drainer until they’re good and dry.
Step 3: Oil
When dry, give the wood a good, nourishing oil. You can buy products to do this. But if you’re a “DIY’er, a really good homemade wood spoon oil that works for cutting boards too, is easy to whip up.
Wooden Spoon Oil
Put the beeswax and walnut oil in the top of double boiler. Heat slowly and stir gently until the beeswax is completely melted.
Pour into a jar or tin. Allow the oil to cool and harden.
Put a lid on the container after cool and hard.
To use, coat the utensils or cutting board liberally with the wood spoon oil using a soft rag (tear off a piece of an old t-shirt.). Once, everything has a good coating, spread them out on a clean, dry rag and leave overnight.
FYI: this oil has an extra bonus… it’s a great skin softener.
Step 4: Buff
In the morning, use a clean cotton rag (another piece of the old t-shirt) and remove any remaining oil from the surface and give each piece a good buffing before storing. Can’t get much simplier.
The natural variations, grain, and color will really show up once the oil has been applied. While that might not make any difference in their usefulness, pretty is reason enough.
Re-applying the oil to spoons, bowls, etc. about twice a year, will help your wooden items last longer, and keep them from splitting.
Have you cleaned and oils your wooden kitchen utensils and cutting boards recently? What products did you use?