If your cutting boards and wooden spoons look anything like mine did above, then this simple-to-make wood cream is for you. Many of the wood creams on the market say they are pure, but amongst the minute drop of beeswax are a bunch of other chemicals that are not good for us. This is a much healthier alternative as there are only two ingredients: 100% pure beeswax & food-grade mineral oil. That’s it. Beeswax has proven antimicrobial and antibacterial properties so this will not only hydrate your wood, but also help protect it from those harmful elements as well. And this DIY version is much less expensive than the ones you’ll find in the culinary shops. Plus the wonderful aroma of honey will permeate the woods leaving a delicious scent every time you use them. It’s a good idea to go through your kitchen and inspect all your wooden boards & utensils about twice a year…..really just depends on how much you use them. If they get rinsed often (never soaked) in a lot of water, used with particularly smelly foods (garlic & fish), or happen to sit in a sunny place in the kitchen and become sun bleached— then all this wear-and-tear can accelerate the loss of the wood’s oils. So to keep your tools from cracking and smelling, and to restore their natural luster, try making this cream at home.
We’re using 100% pure beeswax pieces. These smaller half-ounce nuggets make it easy to work with and to calculate the portions in the cream recipe. But whatever size/shape yours come in, no worries, you can always cut a large block down to smaller pieces with a sharp knife. You ought to be able to find pure beeswax at your local farmer’s market, natural grocery or even some of the larger hobby/craft stores carry it. I found a great supplier in Oregon who’s kindly made his naturally farmed beeswax nuggets available for purchase exclusively through my new on-line shop: shopwhiskandmuddler.com.
Beeswax & Mineral Oil Wood Cream
(makes enough to restore one side of 12″ x 18″ cutting board and 3-4 wooden utensils. Double recipe if restoring more than one side of board or multiple boards/utensils)
1/3 cup finely grated pure beeswax
3 tablespoons mineral oil (use food-grade or food-safe)
Grate enough beeswax pieces on a standard box grater (using the fine-grate side) to yield 1/3 cup. Put curls into a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals until the wax just starts to soften, but does not melt. Pour in mineral oil and stir. Cream will separate at first, but after some brisk mixing with a spoon, it will start to form a smooth paste or cream. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Once cream has solidified, use bare hands to massage it into the wood thoroughly. It make take a couple passes on a board that is extremely dry. It should feel like there is excess on the surface, that’s ok, this is what you want. Allow boards/utensils to sit for 6-8 hours with cream on, preferably overnight. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off any excess. Good as new! And your hands will feel amazing afterwards too!