Spoon Butter

If you read my post on the reasons why I cook, you saw a photo of my wooden spoon collection. I LOVE wooden tools. My grandfather taught me a bit about woodworking when I was a child and I have had great respect for woodcraft since then. One day I’d like to get back into woodworking but until then I will admire the beautiful work by people like my uncle (who made the gorgeous jewelry box below as a wedding gift to me), Ariele Alasko (who made the wooden spoon and knife that I managed to snag during one of her infrequent and quickly sold out postings) and Elijah Godfrey of Second Chance Custom (whose live edge Mesquite floating desk has been a source of much lusting). Sorry, I could talk beautiful wood all day; let me get back to the point.

A jewelry box given to my by my uncle

A jewelry box given to my by my uncle

Ariele Alasko's walnut spoon and walnut knife 

Ariele Alasko's walnut spoon and walnut knife 

Using wooden tools requires caring for wooden tools. I will admit that I am not always as good about this as I should be. I have used just straight coconut oil in the past but I have been looking for something better. Several months ago I found a couple of Spoon Butter recipes, but they all seemed to use mineral oil. I wasn’t so happy with that so I kept on using my plain coconut oil. The other day, I was looking at my sad, dry wooden spoons and was inspired to look again for a better Spoon Butter. Luckily I found one at 101 Cookbooks!

It only takes 2 ingredients, both of which I happened to have on hand, which was a definite bonus.

 

Beeswax and coconut oil

Beeswax and coconut oil

How to make Spoon Butter a la 101 Cookbooks:

Coconut oil, 3.5 ounces/7 tbsp

Beeswax, 1 ounce/1 bar

Glass jar, 1

 

 

 

1. Cut the beeswax bar into smaller pieces. This is rather hard, but if you use a large knife and have cold weather on your side it gets a bit easier.

2. Place the coconut oil in the glass jar and put the cut up beeswax on top.

3. Place the whole jar in about 1 inch of water in a pan on the stove over a very low flame.

4. Use a wooden spoon (you may need to use the handle depending on the size of the spoon and the mouth of the jar) to stir the contents every so often until everything is liquid and incorporated.

5. Let it set and then store in a cool dark place.

Finished Spoon Butter

Finished Spoon Butter

How to use Spoon Butter:

1. Gather all of your wooden tools and make sure they are clean and dry.

2. Slather some butter on them using your hand or a towel (I like to use a my hands so that they also get a dose of moisture.)

3. Let them dry overnight.

4.  In the morning buff away any residue so that they are nice and satiny smooth.

Happy wooden tools

Happy wooden tools

 

Do you love wooden tools as much as I do? Do you have any woodworkers to recommend?