I have enough cutting wood, wood knives and wooden spoons in my kitchen, as I'm sure most of you. One of the things that bothers me most about caring for them is that almost all of the products associated with this work are based on mineral oil. For example, a tablespoon of butter. It is usually a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil. Rub it on cutting boards and spoons to moisturize them, prevent breakage and repel water. The wood absorbs it wonderfully. I have been thinking for years that there must be an alternative to the butter spoon based on mineral oil. It is a by-product of oil production and not something I want to swallow.
Thinking through an alternative solution
The way the butter spoon works is quite simple. Rub it on all spoons, handles, tools and food preparation surfaces based on wood as a moisturizer and conditioner. Finding an alternative is a bit difficult. You need something to cut the beeswax, which is compact, fast and dense. The mineral oil brings liquidity to the mixture and allows you to stumble. Exchanging with other oil is the logical thing to do, but it's not that simple because many of these oils crumble quickly. Recently, I made a tablespoon of butter with a mixture of organic beeswax and extra virgin coconut oil, and I like it! Coconut oil is quite stable and will not go bad quickly and the wood loses it. A coconut scent remains, just a hint – actually pretty nice.
Buy a beekeeper
You can usually buy beeswax at bars or small pearls. Pearls are great because they melt quickly. The bars (above) are rough for cutting. I usually cut in part and then take a break on the cutting line. This seems to be easier.
Before & after the butter spoon
Here are the spoons before and after – dried on top. And then below, a few minutes later, after applying the butter. Because, like beeswax, coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is important to get the ratio of oil to beeswax. If you have too much beeswax, it is impossible to remove the butter spoon from the jar. Coconut oil melts at 76F degrees, so in high proportion, you pick up a piece on the surface you're working on and it spreads quickly.
Alternative ideas: Let me know if you have any other ideas on this topic – I'm very listening. A friend, who makes beautiful natural body products, is advised to try broccoli seed oil. And as I turned around, I also noticed the watermelon seed oil. Also, some people in the comments have enthusiastic suggestions, including a number for walnut oil. In the meantime, I'm very happy with this version and I hope some of you will try it! xo-ω