How To Make a Quick and Easy Food Safe Wood Finish

When you find your wooden kitchen items looking a bit dull it's time to butter them up.  All of our kitchen items get 3- 5 coats of Tried and True's oil and finished off with a coat of this homemade wood butter. The Tried and True oil is great, it's all natural, completely food safe, it has no metal dryers added and adds a good layer of protection.  The down side is it's a bit expensive and it has a long curing time.  Enter wood butter....This home made, food safe wood finish is a great way to keep your wooden goods looking their best.  Here's how to do it.

A homemade mix of food safe mineral oil and bees wax is a quick and easy way to keep your wooden kitchen goods looking like new.  


  • 1 1/2 cups of Food Grade Mineral Oil (can be found at the local pharmacy or online, it's used as a laxative so don't drink it unless your looking to have a toilet party)

  • 2 3/4 ounces of bees wax.  ( Get it online or ask a local bee keeper)


  • Pour the oil into a pot (I use an old one I got at the thrift store)  Put the pot on the stove on low.  Some people use a double boiler for this instead.

  • Add The bee's wax to the mix and stir every few minutes until all of the wax is completely melted.  The result should be a thickish yellow oil.

  • Remove the pot from the heat and let cool for a few minutes before pouring into a jar.  After pouring into a jar let it cool until it gets completely solid before sealing it up in the jar.  

This recipe makes about 2 cups of wood butter, I store mine in a wide mouth Ball Jar.  You can add more or less wax and oil to get different consistencies but I've found this ratio works great.  So churn some butter and keep it in your kitchen. Rub a bit into your cutting boards and utensils with a clean cloth to keep them looking fresh.