It would be easy to neglect a humble wooden spoon, after all, it could be replaced for next to nothing. But when you make earth stewardship a priority (or pledge to buy nothing new for a year), preservation and care of belongings takes on greater importance. In this shift of mentality I no longer reject imperfection like I used to, but find beauty in the patina of a well-used object that is lovingly cared for.
Caring for a spoon as though you intend to keep it for life is actually quite simple. I do it by hand washing and immediately drying my wooden spoons, and occasionally conditioning them with wood butter. That’s it. I make my own wood butter by melting together two ingredients, coconut oil and beeswax, and pouring the liquid into a jar to harden. When wooden tools start appearing dry, I rub a thin coat of wood butter into the utensil and if necessary buff with a clean, soft cloth. It’s simple to prepare, smells divine, and is lovely to use.
- 1 part beeswax
- 3.5 parts coconut oil
I use a kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients and typically use an ounce unit of measure, but you could easily "eye" the portions of each ingredient. If the finished product is too hard or too soft, you can remelt and add more beeswax to harden or more coconut oil to soften.
This recipe should not be used if you or anyone else that comes in contact with your wooden tools has a coconut allergy.