I was recently given a jar of homemade spoon butter, and it rules. What does one do with spoon butter, you ask? Slather it onto your wooden spoons, let them sit overnight, and then buff with a dry cloth. It brings the sheen back to your spoons, and protects them from drying, cracking, and staining. (And bonus points for leaving your hands soft.)
The recipe is simple to make according to 3191 Miles Apart:
In a large sauce pan of boiling water, I placed a quart mason jar with my beeswax (a quarter of a pound) cut into small chunks. Once the wax was melted, I placed another jar with the 16 ounces of mineral oil in the water to gently heat. Then I poured the mineral oil in with the beeswax and allowed them to continue to heat and emulsify, gently stirring until smooth and even. Take your jar out of the water bath, allow to cool and it's ready to use.
The recipe yields about a quart jar of butter.
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