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Prudent Pantry: Homemade Wood Butter

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Wood butter is a wonderful homemade product that you can use for all of your wood kitchen items from wooden spoons to cutting boards.

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Use wood butter to restore your wooden salad bowls.

Just dab a little on with a dry cloth and buff into the wood surface.

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The left side has been rubbed with wood butter. What a difference!

The beeswax gives it a beautiful golden color. You can make some to keep and give the rest away over the holidays. This recipe can be easily halved.

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Wood Butter

Wood Butter

8 ounces of pure beeswax

wood butter

Grated beeswax

32 ounces of mineral oil

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Mineral Oil

Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a gentle boil.

Place your beeswax inside an old coffee can or a glass measuring cup and set your container gently into the boiling water.

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Use a coffee can set in boiling water to melt your beeswax.

Place the container of mineral oil inside another medium saucepan filled with water and heat to low. The mineral oil just needs to be warmed to mix with the beeswax; no need for a rolling boil!

Once the wax has melted turn off your stove and carefully add the warmed mineral oil to the beeswax; stirring with a spoon to combine.

Take your small canning jars and place them on your counter. Using a potholder carefully pour the liquid into each jar filling them almost to the top. Finish filling all the jars and wait for them to cool and firm up before using.

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Finished product, wood butter.

Warning: mineral oil is very slippery! Hold onto the coffee can carefully as you pour the wood butter into the jars or it can slip out of your hand and onto the floor which will result in an amazing mess! Speaking from experience ;-)

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22 Responses to Prudent Pantry: Homemade Wood Butter

  • Langela says:

    What a great idea! Don’t you love those “personal experiences”?

  • This is great. What a beautiful job it did. I need to try this. It would be wonderful if you would share this at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  • I’ve never heard of wood butter, but it looks very useful! It really made that bowl shine. I have a few things around the house that could use some sprucing up with this wood butter. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things :)

  • May says:

    I’ve been wondering how to revitalize three wooden cutting boards I have. This is it! Thanks

  • Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  • casey shain says:

    another great tip! Now I’m going to go up to the attic and find my wooden bowls and restore them! I have a couple that are just ancient. thanks!

  • Found this on Show me whacha’ got Saturday… this is perfect we have a lot wood carvings from Africa that this would be perfect for. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lori says:

    There’s hope for my pitiful looking wooden items! Thanks so much for sharing this solution that’s so simple even I can do it! Visiting from Be Not Weary today :)

  • Nancy says:

    It’s very easy to use, just don’t spill it on the floor when you are mixing it up! :)

  • Sue says:

    I have wooden bowls that need sprucing up and want to try this too. I am bookmarking this page. You have Talent in the tips of each finger don’t you!

  • I really like your homemade wood butter – the results on your wooden bowl are amazing. It’s so nice that it uses all natural ingredients. I like the idea of giving it as gifts as well.

  • This is really great and so practical since almost everyone has wooden things that they use in their kitchen on a regular basis. Would make a great Christmas gift too with a nice new bowl ;)

  • Angela says:

    This is so cool and something I have wanted to make for years!! Do you think it would work on finished wood surfaces like tables?
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  • Nancy says:

    Angela,
    I would try a little spot first before you treated the whole table. I did use it on our cupboards which seemed rather dried out and it did seem to help but it didn’t soak in as much as my salad bowl did.

  • This is such a simple recipe! Do you think it would work on wood floors? Mine need some love.

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am excited to see what you have to share this week!

  • Nancy says:

    Try it on a small area of the floor, just wouldn’t want it to be too slippery!

  • Florence says:

    Is mineral oil non-toxic?

  • Nancy says:

    Yes, mineral oil is supposed to be non-toxic, it can be used as a laxative!

  • Supreya says:

    Umm scuse me here but mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum production. It is very toxic. In the old days it was used as a laxative before people realised that such things were toxic. I would replace the mineral oil with any nut or seed oil (not canola or soy derivatives). I would also add some essential oil depending on what I was going to use the wood butter on. Fruit and salad bowls would be nice with lemon oil for example.

  • Nancy says:

    I did a bit of research on mineral oil before deciding to use it on my salad bowl. ” Mineral oil is actually involved in the manufacture of food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and exhibits excellent emollient, lubricant, and solvent properties. In most industrial applications, mineral oil is used to ensure long shelf life. Depending on the application, cosmetic-grade, pharmaceutical-grade, and food-grade mineral oils may be used. These types of mineral oil are highly purified and refined to meet the stringent quality standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hence, from their original petroleum derivative form, they undergo numerous purifying and refining processes to be rendered safe and acceptable for industrial use.” You should research what type of mineral oil you purchase, it also goes by many other names: Adepsine oil, Lignite oil, Petrolatum,Albolene,Liquid paraffin,Paraffin oil,White oil,Drakeol,Mineral seal oil and Baby oil.Your suggestion of using lemon oil instead is a good one! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chuck says:

    Do you know what the shelf life would be for this mixture?????
    C

  • Nancy says:

    I don’t know exactly but mine hasn’t gone bad yet.

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