Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Discovery: Bowl Butter for the Wooden Bowl Collection

 
Bet that got your attention, didn't it?
BOWL BUTTER? . .Yes . . .I've discovered bowl butter. . .and just in time, too. . .
 
Each year when Thanksgiving approaches, I pull out my bowl collection. . .I truly love wooden bowls--on the watch for them everywhere I go. . .When I started collecting, they were fairly inexpensive. . .Every now and then I do find a prize at thrift stores. . .but mostly the antique malls and shows are where I see the vintage bowls. . .All I do is admire them--way too out of my price range. . .Luckily, I have more than plenty. . .I probably need to sell some but cannot part with even one. . .
 
 
It's not officially the holidays without wooden bowls. . .They are so versatile and speak of times past. . .their patina aged over the years. . .something you can't reproduce. . .
 
Every Fall I go about gathering the collection for cleaning and oiling. . .That's the thing about wood, it tends to dry out in our hot summers and does need some care. . .In the past, I've used food grade mineral oil to protect the wood. . .This year I've tried something different. . .something I initially found on Pinterest. . .(How did we live without Pinterest years ago?)
 
 
I call it BOWL BUTTER. . .  Others call it WOOD BUTTER. . .and  some call it SPOON OIL. . . Whatever name you pick, this stuff is fantastic! Only two ingredients--beeswax and food grade mineral oil. . .easy. . .somewhat messy to make but it's worth it. . .I plan to never be without it again. . .I think it would work well on anything wood. . .including furniture. . .One lady uses it on her dry, chapped hands.
 
Look at the difference it's made with my own collection. . .from these very dry bowls. . .
 
 
to these BUTTERED ones. . .
 
 
Look how they shine. . .
 
I could have lightly sanded the original finish on some of them. . .but I didn't. . .I do love the bare spots, stains and dents. . .evidence of much use. . .These were the work horses of every Farmhouse. . .I love to be reminded of that. . .
 
 
For step-by-step Instructions to make your own Bowl Butter,
check out the tutorial at  CREATIVE CULINARY
This would make a nice Christmas gift for someone, too.
 
Speaking of the holidays, I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is this week. . .but there it is on the calendar. . .John will be smoking turkeys and hams at the church. . .The men's group has orders for hundreds of them. . .definitely an over-nighter for John. . .The good news is, I won't have to cook our turkey this year since he'll be bringing one home. . .but I will be cooking and baking all the extras. . .This will be a busy week for all of us, won't it? . .Family, friends, food, road trips, shopping. . .Well, however you celebrate. . .we're sending. . .
 
Have a simply wonderful week
. . .from our FARMHOUSE to yours. . .
 

5 comments:

Old Time Cindy said...

For sure I thought you were going to say you used coconut oil. I've used it on a few pieces that I wanted to sell. Yours sure makes a nice finish on your bowls.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Cindy

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Wonderful! I don't have any wooden bowls, but I wonder what else I could use it on....
Love you collection! They fit your farmhouse style perfectly.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pamela Gordon said...

What a great idea to butter your bowls for protection. I'd not heard of this product and I use the oil on my cutting boards. Your bowls look great all buttered up. Happy thanksgiving. I'm getting ready for Christmas here. :)

One More Time Events said...

What a great idea...love your collection

Jack Heaven said...

What a great idea....Love your collection....Thanks for sharing this post...
wooden bowl

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