Wooden utensils and cutting boards are beautiful addition to your kitchen but they do require periodic maintenance and care. If you maintain and care for your wooden utensils they will last a lifetime. Even though I pre-raise the grain in the finishing process, wooden utensils will eventually develop a fuzzy feel which comes from moisture being absorbed by the wood. Don't be alarmed this is normal for new utensils and once the it is "seasoned" this no longer happens.

1) Hand wash with mild warm soapy water, rinse and towel dry. The easiest way to clean utensils is to do it right after use. Use a nylon scrubbing pad to remove food that does not easily wash off. Do not allow your utensils to soak in water. Do not place in the dishwasher because the heat cycles can quickly crack and warp the wood.

2) Oil utensils frequently with food safe mineral oil also listed as butcher block oil. A beeswax top coat is optional and will make the utensil repel moisture longer than oil treatment alone. Some butcher block oils such as "Howard Butcher Block Conditioner" already have wax incorporated into the mineral oil. For heavily used items such as spoons, oil weekly or as soon as the utensil looks dry until the utensil is seasoned. You cannot over oil your utensils.

3) When a utensil feels rough or fuzzy lightly sand it with 320 to 600 grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain. Once the utensil feels smooth wipe it off and with a clean cloth and oil the utensil as described in step 2, this process will restore the utensil back to a satin feel.

The finish I use for cutting boards and kitchen utensils is mineral oil with a top coat of Clapham's Beeswax salad bowl finish