I mentioned spoon oil previously in my Things to Do with Beeswax post, giving the recipe, and also noted in my Fun with Spice Jars post that I restored the vintage spice rack with it. I have a gorgeous set of antique wooden spoons, and spoon oil is so fabulous that I’m going to preach the spoon oil gospel here again with a little before and after to convince you if you haven’t tried it yet. Because you need to try it!
There are five wooden spoons in the set. They hang on a wall rack with a rolling pin. This spoon rack hung in my mother’s kitchen as long as I can remember. Four of the spoons have writing on the back to say whose spoon was whose, and dates when the spoons were known to be used by them.
Norma Prescott Dye–my mother. Katie Woodall Prescott–my grandmother. Jessie Massengale Woodall–my great-grandmother. Katie Massengale–my great-great-grandmother.
The fifth spoon has no writing on the back and I’m not sure if it was anything special or just another one of my mother’s.
Jessie Massengale Woodall, by the way, is the one who crossed the prairie with the curtain rods.
I thought the spoons were looking a little thirsty, so I gave them some spoon oil love. This recipe was originally posted on the CITR forum by Buckeye Girl. Aside from polishing and restoring wood, beeswax is a great protectant and waterproofing agent for wood. Combined here with mineral oil, it is a divine spa treatment for wooden spoons, cutting boards, and just about anything else made of wood. Here’s the recipe again.
16 ounces mineral oil
4 ounces beeswax, cut in chunks
Warm the mineral oil by placing the container in a pot of warm water. Place beeswax in a wide-mouth jar and melt in a double boiler. Remove from heat and slowly pour the mineral oil into the melted beeswax.
I keep my spoon oil in a quart jar. It solidifies when cool, so you have to heat it up for each use. I use a simple makeshift double boiler using a small pot with some canning rings inside to hold the jar.
Once it’s melted, place the jar (still in the pot to keep it warm) on a towel or pot holder near where you will be using it. To use, just stick the spoon in there, one end at a time, and rub with a cloth or paper towel, smoothing the oil up the wood where you can’t reach when you stick it in there. Rub it in well and lovingly.
It makes a huge difference.
Before spoon oil:
After spoon oil:
I also rubbed it into the rolling pin and the rack.
If you have something you can’t dip into the spoon oil, you have to spoon some out onto your cloth and rub it in a little at a time to whatever you are restoring. Spoon oil starts solidifying quickly once removed from the warm jar, but it is soft enough to rub in. (If there is some writing, such as on my spoons, be sure you do a test area first. I have no trouble with it making the ink run in the writing on my spoons.)
Much better! My spoons don’t look thirsty anymore. I think they’re drunk!
P.S. Spoon oil isn’t just for wooden spoons on display. Use it on your regular kitchen use wooden spoons. Who knows who may want to jot your name down on the back of them and hang them on the wall in 100 years. Keep them in good shape!