Food safe mineral oil from Smead Woodcraft
Instruction For Maintaining W00den Ware
Wash your wooden utensils once you have them home from the store. Do this by using a mild dish-washing detergent and warm water. Rinse well, and dry with a clean towel and then allow it to air dry for a few hours.
Purchase food-grade mineral oil, as suggested by the New Hampshire Bowl and Board website You can purchase food grade mineral oil at pharmacies, groceries and discount stores. You will probably have to look in the area with the laxatives, this is a common use for mineral oil, but don’t worry, it won’t affect your family’s health. Mineral oil has no taste or odor and will not turn rancid, so it is a perfect seasoning for wooden utensils.
Pour the mineral oil onto a clean cloth or paper toweling. Use a generous amount.
Rub the oil into the wooden spoon or other utensil, until it is thoroughly saturated and will not absorb any more oil.
Allow the oil to soak into the wooden utensils for at least five minutes, or even as long as overnight, as suggested by the Crafty–Owl website. (see ref 2 step 4 last 3 sentences)
Wipe the excess oil off the utensil and it is ready for use in cooking. If there is no excess oil to wipe off, the utensil may have very dry wood and the process needs to be repeated.