Wood Butter

Recipe to Make Wood Butter | the beauty in simpleIt 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.Wood Butter Recipe | the beauty in simple

Wood Butter

Wood Butter

  • 1 part beeswax
  • 3.5 parts coconut oil
  • Place beeswax and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. I create a double boiler by nesting a 4-cup glass Pyrex in a small saucepan that has added water that reaches just below the bottom of the Pyrex.
  • Heat pan on medium low temperature to melt the beeswax and coconut oil. Once a liquid state is achieved, stir to combine, and pour into a glass jar. Let sit at room temperature until the butter becomes solid. Cap with lid and store in a cool, dark place.
  • To condition wood, rub a thin layer into the wood. If necessary, buff with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Notes:

    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.



    6 thoughts on “Wood Butter

    1. Yes yes yes! With most of my objects (and particularly with ones so durable and lovely as a wooden spoon), I want to take good care of it so that it lasts…forever. I have been meaning to make up a batch of spoon butter for myself and for a few gifts (wouldn’t it be such a fun gift to receive?) – so glad you shared this recipe!

      1. I had the same thought – that it would make such a nice gift. I have two little jars ready to give. It would be sweet to package with a little wooden spoon too! 🙂

      1. I wouldn’t recommend refined, virgin or non-processed coconut oil on butcher blocks, as it can go rancid. I think refractionated coconut oil would be a safe choice. However, it may require you play with the recipe a bit, adding more beeswax, as refractionated oil is always at a liquid state. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear your results. Thanks!

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