I send these instructions out with all my wooden spoons. So in case you lose your sheet with that little piece of sandpaper stapled to them, here they are:
Dishwashers and wooden utensils are mortal enemies. Dishwashers always win, bleaching away the fabulous colors of your wooden utensil and causing it to dry out and crack.
Think of caring for wooden utensils as you would a cast iron pan: go light on the soap and re-oil often. You can purchase tins of spoon oil from me, or you can make your own by melting 3 parts mineral oil to 1 part beeswax in a double boiler. Alternatively, you can substitute walnut oil, flax oil, or sesame oil if you’d like to get off the petroleum product bandwagon (I’d do this too, but no one is allergic to mineral oil and I make baby spoons. I doubt many new Moms would want me slathering baby spoons in walnut oil.) Don’t be tempted to use that olive oil on your counter, albeit so close by. It can go rancid. Have you ever smelled rancid olive oil? No? Count yourself lucky. It is not of this earth.
When breaking in your new spoon you may find that the grain fuzzes up after a couple of wet/dry cycles. I try my best to make sure this won’t happen prior to oiling, but, still, it can happen. That’s what this little black square of sandpaper is for. Use it to sand the fuzz away until it is buttery smooth and then re-oil. After a short while, even a hickory spoon will stay smooth and remain that way for the rest of their lives.
As always, if you see me at a craft fair you can always bring back your wooden utensils to me at and I will perform this process for free.
Hope this helps. Now, put this letter in your kitchen drawer. As you do, look at your spoon and repeat after me: “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.” Quirky, I know , but now if your spoon fuzzes up, you’ll remember where you put this letter and you’ll find this little piece of sandpaper.