Consider this a tip NOT JUST for the kitchen, but anyplace you need to condition or moisturize your wood furnishings (use it in your January Jumpstart project!). We've been trying to preserve our butcher blocks and tables forever and New York being SO DRY, we go through bottle after bottle of food-safe mineral oil, and we still get cracking if we don't keep up with it. This weekend SKGR brought home something new, Bees Oil, which was recommended to her...
This is a regular, cheap IKEA butcher block, but after multiple sandings and treatments with food safe bees oil and mineral oil, it's super smooth and a bit shiny
Bees Oil is a thick paste that you rub into your wood and then let soak in. After 20 minutes of sitting, you buff off the top and can follow it up with regular wood oil.
Using it this past weekend, we were extremely impressed. I soaks in and really seals the wood in a whole new way. In fact, after two treatments, water was beading on top of our IKEA butcher block. In searching around for sources online, we came across this great pitch over at the Holland Bowl Company:
If you really want to take care of your wood utensils and surfaces, we recommend starting with Bees Oil from now on.