Butter fer yer Boards

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This “recipe” comes from The Art of Doing Stuff and is so easy and nifty that I almost feel like I’m doing something wrong.  I love my wooden kitchen tools and cutting boards but I’m really bad at taking care of them.  This is an easy solution.  You need two things: beeswax, which you can get at any health or craft store; and mineral oil, which you can pick up from pretty much any decent kitchen store that sells wooden cutting boards.  And IKEA.

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Start by chopping up 2 1/2 ounces beeswax.  

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Plop that in a double-boiler and melt it good.

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Such a happy colour.

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Then pour in 1 1/2 cups mineral oil and stir that around for a while, about five minutes. Just for your edification, I had a bottle with only 250mL (1 cup) of mineral oil, so I adjusted the beeswax amount to 1 2/3 ounces. When you first add it in, the temperature differential will cause it to curdle, but it will melt again.

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Alternatively, you could melt the beeswax in the mineral oil in the microwave, similarly to how I did it with the lotion.

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Then you can pour it into cutesy containers and let it solidify.

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It goes solid from the bottom up.

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Finished and fragrant!

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To use, scoop some out with your fingers (it’s quite soft) and rub it into your cutting boards and wooden utensils.

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Leave for a few hours or overnight and then buff with a dry cloth.

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Some of my spoons before buttering.

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And the same spoons after.  TADA!  Makes a cheap and easy gift for the kitchen-minded hostess.

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