If you’ve ever used wood utensils for cooking, you know that they eventually end up dull and lifeless. This recipe will help keep your wood utensils conditioned and looking great, and did I mention that it’s really easy to make!

Thirsty Spoons

For this recipe, you only need 2 ingredients – Beeswax and some type of food-safe oil – I opted for Coconut oil because that’s what I had on hand. Other oils that you could use are grapeseed oil, walnut oil, fractionated coconut oil. Most store bought wood butter is made with food grade mineral oil, but considering that’s a petroleum by-product, I’d just rather not.

Where Do I Get Beeswax?

I don’t have my own Apiary…..yet…. so I called up my cousin who happens to keep bees, and she sent over some of their beeswax! Now, if you don’t have a bee-keeping cousin, you can always hit up your local Co-op or Farmer’s Market and see what they have. Otherwise, there’s Amazon with a plethora of products right at your fingertips. I dropped a couple options below:

Yellow Beeswax Bars

Beeswax Pellets

Beeswax in Bulk from Bulk Apothecary

You don’t need much for this recipe, only 1/3 cup, so you might not need to go the bulk route just yet.

Pellets melt easily, but I just scraped some off the bar my cousin sent and I was good to go.

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Let’s Make It

  • 1/3 cup of Beeswax
  • 1 cup of Coconut Oil
  • Thirsty Utensils
  • 8oz Half Pint Mason Jar

Now you’ll need a double boiler, but if you don’t have one (like me), you can just make one from a glass bowl on top of a small pot filled with water. Another option is to use a glass Mason Jar. The point is, you want to heat your ingredients, but not directly. This way, the water boils and heats the ingredients above it, thus not cooking your beeswax and oil, just melting it.

Add the 1/3 cup of beeswax and 1 cup of coconut oil, heat on low and stir until completely melted and combined. I would recommend using a wood spoon for this, that way – 2 birds, 1 stone!

Pour your mixture into a mason jar and let it cool. The color and consistency with change and become more opaque as it cools, and an interesting note – your butter will actually contract, not expand while cooling, so definitely pour your liquid pretty close to the top of your jar.

Once cooled, just take a paper towel or clean dish towel, grab a thirsty spoon and slather this stuff on! Your utensils will soak it up and look like new! Once you’ve wiped down all your utensils, let them sit out overnight. In the morning buff away any excess with a towel and you’re good to go!