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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Oiling Kitchen Woodenware

This morning I was wanting to oil a few wooden bowls that needed refreshing. Along with the bowls I ended up oiling most of my wooden utensils!! Quite a number of them! They are my kitchen helpers for sure.

Included are a few vintage pieces that I picked up at auctions while living in the South. They feel so good in my hands. You can see the one in front has a turned handle. So pretty! Who made it? Was it a special gift for someone? Fun to have it in my care now.

I also have this WELSH LOVE SPOON that I so enjoy. You can read about them online. This one comes from Goodhue, Mn. Sandy Cookman from had a number of them for sale at her Hobnobbers Sale last Fall.

For me woodenware has such character and a wholesomeness that I enjoy when using my utensils in the kitchen.
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  1. I just oiled some woodenware the other day. What kind of oil do you use? I used olive oil because at least I'd know it was safe! How often do you oil your spoons -- and do you put them in the dishwasher? Just curious...

    Praying for you tonight!

  2. Hello Susan!
    So glad to have you contact me concerning the oiling of your woodenware! It is such a pleasure to see one's wooden spoons and wooden handled tools(garden tools included!) gain a new patina and feel good to the touch~not dried out!
    Be sure to use FOOD GRADE mineral oil as it is easily absorbed and will not turn rancid. I find mine in the pharmacy department at most stores for a few dollars. A small bottle will do to begin with. Most vegetable and olive oils can turn rancid and sticky. To better care for my woodenware I never put them in the dishwasher or let them soak in dish water. The wood gets over saturated and soft from water and dish soap. Once you have your wooden spoons, etc. well cared for it doesn't take much to clean them of food. Just give them a good rinse with your soapy dish water and then rinse with clear warm water. Be sure to let air dry before storing them away. Crocks work well for displaying and keeping your utensils in good shape. Depending on their usage I oil mine woodenware twice a year or at least once a year. Good quality wood in your utensils makes a nice difference too! Cheaper soft woods are not worth having. Sure hope this helps you!
    So enjoy your blog, Susan! Sharing one's love for our Lord is so rewarding! How wonderful to find kindred spirits where God's Word is shared!
    THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness through prayer! You have touched my heart! May God in turn richly bless you for your faithfulness!!!