Natalie Wise
July 18, 2011

So many of the good things in life take some extra care. A garden, a special meal, tea time...they all take a bit of extra time and attention out of your day. But if you do them, and do them with a bit of extra love as well, you will be greatly rewarded. The same goes for woodenware--it is a workhorse in the kitchen, constantly at the ready to do battle with thick stews, or to carefully coax beaten egg whites into a batter. But if we take a bit of extra time to take extra care with the woodenware, it shines so beautifully! A well-oiled, well-seasoned wooden spoon feels so nice in the hand, and keeping your woodenware in prime condition will help it last for decades.

Tools for the job: A food-safe wood oil, a Scotch Brite heavy duty scour pad {or wet/dry sandpaper}, two soft rags, a shady spot outside under the tree, and some time.

Step One: Wash the woodenware thoroughly, scrubbing with a heavy-duty Scotch Brite pad, or a piece of wet/dry sandpaper. But do not let it soak, and do not use bleach. Be kind!
Step Two: Let the woodenware dry thoroughly.
Step Three: Pour a small amount of oil onto the soft cloth, and buff the oil into the woodenware. Use a bit of elbow grease! Let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. Then, using another clean rag, wipe off any excess oil. Your woodenware should gleam now!