Do you enjoy cooking with a wooden spoon? There is just something so special and comforting about it. But, those wooden utensils need a little care if you want them to last for years. And you shouldn’t just throw them in the dishwasher. (I learned that the hard way). Extend the life of your favorite cutting board or wooden spatula by giving them a bit of a spa treatment with this homemade beeswax spoon butter recipe.
Homemade Spoon Butter Recipe
What is Spoon Butter?
Spoon butter is a homemade concoction created by mixing oil and wax. It is often called wood butter because it can be used on any wooden utensils.
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It is normally made using mineral oil. But, this recipe combines beeswax and coconut oil. This simple method of protecting wooden utensils has been used for centuries.
You may enjoy making your own Beeswax Body Butter for your skin. So it only makes sense that your favorite wooden spoon would love a bit of Beeswax Spoon Butter!
Benefits of Using a Homemade Spoon Butter
Are your wooden utensils looking a bit parched or dry? Wood is a wonderful natural product but it does dry out over time. And, cracks make it harder to keep your wooden spoon clean.
Beeswax is a natural wax made by honey bees. There are so many ways to use beeswax in and around your home. It can waterproof your old hiking boots, as well as, protect your wood.
Regular application of beeswax spoon butter helps moisturize and add a bit of waterproofing to your wooden ware. This helps prevent cracking and adds a nice new luster to your wood.
While some people use mineral oil for spoon butter recipes, I would rather avoid it. Instead, coconut oil is readily available and lends well as a beeswax partner.
It also lasts longer without becoming spoiled or rancid like olive oils or vegetable oils will do. If you do not want to use coconut oil, grapeseed oil is a nice substitute.
Instructions for Making Beeswax Spoon Butter
- beeswax 4 tablespoons (2 oz net wt)
- coconut oil 8 fl ounces (7.69 oz net wt)
- vitamin e capsule 1
- small wide-mouth containers
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Step by step instructions for making homemade spoon butter for wood
- Melt beeswax
The safest way to melt beeswax is using the double boiler method. I use this small boiler insert to melt wax. If is inexpensive and easy to use for all my wax projects.
Measure your beeswax and add it to the double boiler pot. Slow and steady is the pace. Do not heat the water in the bottom pot to a boil – just a good simmer.
- Add coconut oil
Once most of the beeswax is melted, add your measured coconut oil. This oil will melt very quickly. Slowly and continuously stir to combine the beeswax and oil.
- Add Vitamin E Oil (optional)
Remove the pot from heat and add 1 capsule of vitamin e oil or 4 drops of liquid vitamin e oil. This is optional but it will help keep the oils in your recipe from going rancid for a longer time. Stir.
- Pour into containers
Before your mix starts to cool, pour into small containers to be used or given as gifts. Be sure to choose a container with a wide mouth to make getting the spoon butter out easier.
- Sit aside to cool
Let your homemade spoon butter cool and then seal the container. Even for home use, adding some type of label is a good idea. Your spoon butter should last 6 mos to a year.
How to Use Your Spoon Butter
Once your spoon butter is cool and set, it is ready to use. Use your fingers to scoop a bit out of the jar and rub it thoroughly into your spoon.
Apply a good coat to your wooden utensils, cutting boards, wooden salad bowls or any unpainted wooden parts. Let the items sit overnight-or for a few hours .
This lets the spoon butter soak into the wood and create a bond. Next morning, take a clean soft towel and rub off the excess spoon butter – polish to a shine. Your wooden spoons are now moisturized and protected – ready to use.
Once your spoons begin looking dull and dry, its time to repeat the process. A common recommendation (I don’t know who said it) is : Once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, once a year for life.
Spoon Butter Makes a Great Gift
Now that you know how to make your own homemade spoon butter, don’t keep this magical elixar to yourself. What a wonderful gift idea or small stocking stuffer for Christmas, weddings etc.
Pour into pretty jars and add a label to create the perfect homemade gift. Feel free to use these gift labels and print them on card stock. The beauty of making spoon butter as a gift is that it can be used in many other ways too. It adds luster to any wooden surface.