By Texas Homesteader ~
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I have a couple of large wooden cutting boards. And many wood utensils too. I’ve owned and used them all heavily for years.
But I’m mindful in taking care of them. They’re always hand-washed and dried before putting them away.
I don’t put anything made of wood in my dishwasher. Doing that could ruin your wooden items. Even utensils that are steel but have a wooden handle need to be hand-washed.
But even with proper care, over the years your wooden items might need a little extra love. Maybe they start drying out a little. So they might benefit from a little conditioner.
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Making My Own Wood Conditioner
There are all manner of wood-conditioning products you can buy of course. But I’m always looking to make things myself instead of buying them. Plus, who knows what chemicals may be in those types of products??
So to keep my wood cutting boards and wooden utensils properly conditioned I use a very simple, very gentle and all-natural mixture.
And it includes only TWO ingredients: Natural beeswax and coconut oil. You don’t get any simpler than that!
Making my wood cutting board conditioner mixture is super simple too.
For my conditioner I use 1 part natural beeswax from our own apiary and 3 parts organic coconut oil.
Here in our area of NE Texas, during those hot summer months my coconut oil is liquid. But in the cooler months it’s often solid. No worries – liquid or solid, here’s what I do.
I pull out my *Digital Scale that I use for so many things in my kitchen. That scale has been game-changing in this Bread-Making Shortcut, y’all! But today I’ll be using it for measuring my beeswax and coconut oil.
How much wood conditioner you decide to make is up to you. I don’t really want to make more than I need today. I only want enough to treat my two large wooden cutting boards and my wooden utensils. So I’m making just under an ounce. But you can adjust the measurements below based on how much wood conditioner you’ll need.
To begin I’ll bring out a small ¼ pint canning jar. Then I put it on the scale and tare the weight to zero to remove the weight of the jar itself. Then I drop beeswax in until it reaches .20 oz.
Afterwards I add coconut oil until it reaches .80 oz. This will give me .2 oz of beeswax and .6 oz of coconut oil for a total of .8 oz.
Now I set the canning jar with my beeswax & coconut oil into a pan of water (make sure not to submerge the jar and get water in your mixture) and turn on the heat to simmer the water.
The water heats the jar, the jar heats the oil and beeswax. In no time both coconut oil and beeswax is all melted.
I give it a quick stir to blend everything together and now I’m ready to go.
Applying Simple Homemade Wood Conditioner
As the mixture cools it will thicken. So it’s easiest for me to dip a clean cotton cloth into the mixture while it’s still warm but not hot. That way it’s soft enough to scoop up what I need and slather it on my wooden items without being too hot to burn me.
But if the mixture has cooled and solidified too much for my liking I just firmly press my thumbs into the hardened mixture to break it up. It breaks up easily and then it’s much easier to dip out a small amount of my wood conditioner with a cotton cloth.
So don’t worry if it cools and hardens too much. It’s easy to make it scoopable again.
I’ll rub my wood conditioner mixture along the entire surface of my cutting board and wood utensils until they are fully coated.
Then I just allow it to sit. Most times I’ll go ahead and allow it stay on the wood surfaces overnight.
Then in the morning I take another clean cotton cloth and polish everything up. That removes any extra conditioner that might make the surface feel somewhat sticky.
Simple. Homemade. Protected.
Everything is now nicely coated and protected. Plus, the addition of beeswax helps make the wood a little more waterproof too.
And with such natural ingredients I don’t worry about what chemicals may be making their way into our food by way of this cutting board wood conditioner.
Heck – it’s made with only two edible ingredients – beeswax and coconut oil!
Wood Cutting Board Conditioner
I have a couple of large wood cutting boards and also several wooden utensils I use almost daily. Here's a simple recipe for a conditioning balm to keep them protected. #TexasHomesteader
- 1 part Beeswax
- 3 parts Coconut oil
Measure out 1 part beeswax to 3 parts coconut oil into heat-safe container, such as a canning jar.
Using double boiler, lower heat-safe jar into water, being careful not to allow water into your jar. Then on medium heat, allow water to simmer and heat jar with coconut oil and beeswax until melted.
Carefully remove from double boiler and stir to fully incorporate ingredients.
When slightly cooled, lightly coat wooden cutting board or utensil surface with wood conditioner and leave overnight.
Buff with cloth the next day to remove any extra conditioner.
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