How to Season Wooden Spoons

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How to Season Wooden Spoons

A well-made wooden spoon is a joy to cook with. I have my great grandmother’s wooden spoon, a couple hand-carved spoons that I bought from a local craftswoman and a couple more oldies that I picked up at estate sales. I love them all. The weight of them. The way they fit my hand. Their beautiful shape. Their wood grain. Using them just makes me happy.

I want them to last a long time – long enough for me to pass them on to my daughters, so I take care of them. I seasoned each of one when I got it, and I re-season them regularly. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s well worth the effort.

Feel the same way about your wooden spoons? Here’s how to season them:

Mineral Oil

Pick up a bottle of usp-grade (aka food-grade) mineral oil from the drugstore or hardware store.

Oiled Wooden Spoon

Step 1: Use a rag to apply a thick coat of the mineral oil to your spoons. Be sure to work with the grain.

Step 2: Give the oil several hours to soak in.

Step3: Then, come back, and wipe off the excess.

Repeat the process at least once a month.

My Great Grandmothers' Wooden Spoon

Seasoning a New Wooden Spoon?

The wood will probably be a lot thirstier. If you find that the spoon has absorbed all of the oil that you applied, give it a second coat. Still thristy? Do a third coat. Keep going until you have an excess of oil on the surface of the spoon.

Washing Your Wooden Spoons

Seasoning your wooden spoons is only one part of caring for them. If you want them to last, keep them out of the dishwasher. Hand-wash them in soapy water (don’t submerge them). Then, dry them off, and set them out to finish air drying.

How to Make Wooden Spoon Butter

Try My Wooden Spoon Butter

It’s made from a blend of mineral oil and beeswax, so it holds up longer and does a better job of sealing wood. Here’s my wooden spoon butter recipe.

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  1. Is there a reason you use mineral oil rather than regular oil (say, cooconut or olive oil) like some people suggest?

    1. Yep, I wash them and allow them to dry first. Some store-bought wooden spoons come with a protective finish and may not have to be seasoned right away. But when I buy hand-carved wooden spoons from local artisans, I always season those before I use them.

    1. I really like wooden spoons made out of hardwoods. They’re just sturdier and longer lasting. I have some vintage and handmade spoons that are really nice. That kind of quality is hard to beat.

  2. Hi:

    Nice website. I am a woodworker and have made 3 wooden tools for my darling wife. Two black walnut spoons and a fork with short tines for pasta. In the past I have purchased an oil which did after a few years start to get rancid. I will try your mineral oil. Thanks, john murphy

  3. I found this site to inquire about the type of oil to use. I have been doing it correctly with mineral oil. Thank you. One more reason to season your wooden utensils is that they are easier to wash, especially with sticky or dried on foods. I like to avoid soaking my wooden utensils and seasoning solves that. I also recommend Dawn Platinum to avoid soaking. I apply some soap and wait a few minutes and the food comes right off.

  4. Hello.
    I am an amature
    I sell wood crafts but no spoons till it was suggested I should try doing so.
    When I made my first wooden spoon . I sanded it so nice and smooth and rubbed it down with mineral oil . It looked and felt fantastic. Used it and then washed it and when I tried to dry it it felt like a Bear Rug.
    On further review I came across and article where the host suggested at first wet , dry ,sand and repeat three times and then oil ” mineral ” lightly and oil heavy at least twice or trice.
    So far this is working for me. I have a nice collection for sale at our local farmers market and I do test them at home to make sure no customer comes back with an unhappy story. None have………………yet.

  5. Great encouragement to all wooden spoon (SPON) users and makers. The spoon is a utensil of beauty to be loved and cared for. Remember! spooning is the spice of life.

  6. Hmmm….my family is Sicilian and we have always used olive oil to season wooden cooking utensils and cast iron cookware. Never had a problem with the olive oil going rancid, but we use everything regularly. Maybe thats the difference.

  7. I received a cute baking set for my birthday that included a wooden spoon and a rolling pin. Seasoning the rolling pin would probably be a good idea, right?

  8. Thanks for the good advice and your to-the-point delivery. It’s tiresome to read some blogs which seem to obscure the topic of the post!
    Keep up the good work, Erin.

  9. Very nice site. I have some of my husband’s grandmother’s wooden spoons. I’m in my 70s so they’ve been with us for 50 years. I love the feel and color of the grain. I have some newer ones of olive wood and use them every day.

  10. I have a set of wooden spoons with etching on the handle &/or the spoon itself. Would I seal it the same way? Or do the etchings need to be handled differently?
    Thank you for your time.

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