I really don’t know what I would do without my jar of spoon butter, I use it on everything! I originally made it for my wooden spoons, but then I realized just how lovely it was and started using it to polish my pine furniture. Why wouldn’t I use it to clean & polish my new wheel?!
How does one use spoon butter? Simply.
If your piece requires light sanding, do this before you apply the butter. With a clean cloth, wipe off any dust that may have took up residence on the piece that you want to treat; then with a clean, dry rag, scoop up a good size blob of butter and apply it to the wood using a circular motion. Let it sit for up to 24 hours then buff it off with another clean rag. What you are left with is a gleaning, beautiful piece that is protected from the elements! You may even think to yourself it has never looked so lovely ♥ and bonus: Your hands will love it too!
Homemade Spoon Butter
courtesy of whoknows? ha!
4 ounces of Beeswax
16 ounces of Mineral Oil
Cut the beeswax into small chunks and place the beeswax into a wide-mouth quart mason jar. Put the jar into a large sauce pan that has been filled halfway with warm water. Place the sauce pan on the stove. Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer to melt the beeswax. Once the beeswax is melted, slowly pour the mineral oil into the melted beeswax and allow them to continue to heat & emulsify; use a wooden spoon or stir stick and gently stir until smooth. Carefully, remove the jar from the water bath and allow to cool. Once it has solidified, it is ready to use. This recipe will make a little over a quart of spoon butter.
Notes to Consider
If you are making this recipe for kitchen utensils ONLY and are concerned with using mineral oil, you can use heat-treated Walnut Oil instead. Unlike other vegetable oils, walnut is less likely to go rancid. Also, be sure that you are purchasing food-grade beeswax. If you are using this recipe to treat furniture, do not substitute the mineral oil as mineral oil has been used for centuries by woodworkers to clean, moisturize & protect the natural elements of wood. Spoon Butter will keep in a closed jar for a very, very long time. I have had mine now for 5+ years. Just be sure to store your jar in a cool place, away from moisture.