Handmade Christmas #6
Handmade Christmas #6
Handmade Christmas #6 is a bit on the unusual side. I love to cook. When I first learned how, wooden spoons were a staple utensil. Well-made wooden spoons could hold up even under the abuse a child learning to cook can dish out. Some of the spoons that I still currently use are almost as old as I am. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to dry out and become brittle. Some even splinter. My heart has been broken a number of times when I have had to toss a broken one in the fireplace.
Last year, my brother requested a quality set of bamboo utensils for Christmas. Almost immediately my mind flashed with all those that I had in my drawer, and lamented that he might go through the same things I did. And then I came across something called ‘Spoon Butter’. There are any number of recipes out there for them, but my one issue with most were that some of the oils used might not be as healthy as I preferred, considering they were to be used on cooking utensils. So I played around, and finally came up with this one:
Wooden Spoon Butter
1 cup of Avocado Oil
1/3 cup of Beeswax
Add oil and beeswax to a quart canning jar. Set the jar in a pan and fill the pan with enough water to come half way up the jar. Turn the burner on low. Allow all of the beeswax to melt, then stir to completely blend. Pour the butter into decorative jars and allow to completely harden. Secure with lids. This recipe makes 4 to 6 jars, depending on the size.
That’s it. That is all there is to making spoon butter. The only thing left is how to use it:
Clean and completely dry your boards or spoons. Using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, apply the oil in an even layer over the wood. Leave the oil to soak in for several hours or overnight. Remove the excess. If the board or your spoons feel oily or sticky, buff off any remaining oil with a clean dry cloth.
You can use solid beeswax for this recipe, but I have found that using the ‘Pastilles’ makes for a quicker melting process. You can find those here at Amazon:
For my jars, I used half-pint wide mouth jars from the Ball Collection Elite Design series, but you can use any decorative jar you choose.
Now, for the gift idea: Print out the directions for how to use the butter on an index card or other paper. Punch a hole in one corner. Thread one end of a piece of ribbon or raffia through the hole. Tie a wooden spoon and the directions to the lid of the spoon butter. Done!
As you finish a project, be sure to post a photo in the Comments website so everyone can enjoy! Be sure to include your name so you can get full credit for your creativity!!!
Don’t Miss the rest of the posts in the Handmade Christmas Series. Get started with Handmade Christmas #1!