How to Make Your Own Spoon Oil and Board Butter

Just like your skin, which feels fabulous and smooth after some silky conditioning, your wooden utensils are healthier, sturdier, and lovelier after a swipe of some spoon oil (also called spoon butter or wood butter).

The mixture helps protect the wood from splits and cracks, and regular oiling offers a layer of water resistance.

Here's how to make your own spoon butter—the best way to oil all your wooden kitchen workhorses.


8 fluid ounces Walnut Oil 1/8 pound Beeswax, cut into chunks 1 vitamin E capsule (optional)


Pour the walnut oil and beeswax into a pint-sized glass jar, then place the jar in a saucepan filled with 2 to 3 inches of water.


Heat the jar over medium heat, stirring until the oil and wax are well mixed. (I use one of my wooden spoons to get ahead of the game!) You want the water to be simmering, not boiling.


When the mixture has liquefied, remove the jar from the pan. If using, break the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil into the mixture. Stir to combine, then wipe down your stirring spoon to ensure it’s evenly coated with the spoon oil.


Allow the spoon oil to cool before using; it will thicken and solidify to a balmy texture.

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