Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Food Safe Wood Wax


In times gone by many kitchen utensils were made of wood. As many of you I'm sure here in Hickery Holler we have many treasures of our ancestors that were nothing more than grandma's everyday kitchen utensils. My mom's biscuit bowl, butter molds, slaw cutters, wooden spoons, rolling pins and high chairs. How do you protect these things and still be able to use them regularly. Food safe wood wax. I make my own.  

Food Safe Wood Wax

16 ounces mineral oil
1/4 pound bees wax

In a large sauce pan of water place a quart jar of beeswax cut into chunks. Place a small wash cloth or several canning rings under jar to keep off bottom of pot. Bring water slowly to a hard simmer. Once wax is melted place another jar with mineral oil in water to gently heat. Then pour warm mineral oil into melted beeswax and allow to continue to gently heat and emulsify, gently stirring until smooth and even. Take jar out of water bath and cool until ready to use. 

To use put on wood with clean cloth and allow to dry then buff with clean cloth.  

Then I put a lid on the mason jar of wax and keep in my pantry. I put this on my wooden spoons and wooden biscuit bowl about once a month.    




Blessings from The Holler

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Thanks for the tip, CQ. :-)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your kitchen wax recipe. What amazing treasures you have...imbued with heritage, love, magic, strength, history. What blessings!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this tip, and showing your great collection of heritage kitchen items. They do not make things to last like our mothers and grandmothers had.

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  4. Thank you! Thank you!

    I have a cedar butter churn that was my mothers. It was handmade by a neighbor of my parents. I think it was made more for display purposes than actually using it but I have been wondering if it could be lined with beeswax (or your food safe wood wax) and used. Have you had any experience of lining a butter church to make it useable.

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  5. Just the recipe I needed!!! I have many wood pieces that need this treatment...thank you.

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  6. This is a great reference--I love wooden spoons so much more than the alternative.

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  7. I would love to get your soap recipe if possible. Is there anyway you could post it? I love your site. So informative and you explain things so everyone can understand.

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