There are days when I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to start a post. This is one of those days.
Remember when you were in school and you had to write an essay and the first sentence was the hardest part? That is now my job. Every single day of my life I have to write a first sentence.
Normally it comes easily to me, but not today. It could have to do with the fact that I’m tidying the living room, browsing the Internet for flea markets in my area and brushing my cat, while watching American Pickers.
Plus I’m experimenting with typing with my toes.
So this whole first sentence thing’s a struggle today.
I guess I may as well just get right into it without any fanfare or sparklers.
I ordered a few vintage/antique wooden spoons off of Etsy a few weeks ago. It’s hard to believe a) that I only discovered Etsy a couple of years ago and b) that I bought 3 dirty old spoons on it.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find antique wood utensils. They’re beautiful spoons and I love them, but when they arrived they were really pale and dried out, a little sad looking. Like old wood often is. Just ask Burt Reynolds. (He’s old right? And alive?)
I normally don’t like to mess with the patina of old wood, but these spoons actually looked malnourished.
So I stirred things up a bit (spoon humour) and conditioned my wood. To revitalize old wood spoons, bowls or any unfinished wood, just give it a wipe with oil. In the case of cooking utensils or things that you’ll eat out of, I generally use olive oil. If I don’t have any handy for some reason, I use vegetable oil.
You can also use food grade mineral oil. But I don’t. I have no idea why, but I reserve the mineral oil for the chopping blocks.
In the near future I’ll be showing you a more advanced version of wood nourishment that *does* include mineral oil.
Just saturate the utensil or bowl with olive oil. I just pour it on and rub it in with my fingers. Then let it rest until it’s all absorbed. It could take 15 minutes, or it could take an hour. Depends on how dry and soft the wood is.
Keep doing this until the wood doesn’t absorb any more oil. Some spoons (like the spatula above) will darken a lot, and some will darken only a tiny bit. Anything you do this to will become less brittle.
Even your hair. Yeah. You can condition your hair with olive oil. In fact, when I hosted a hairstyling competition show I asked every single judge who was on the show about what their #1 hair tip would be. They ALL (independently without eavesdropping on each other sneaky style) said to condition your hair with olive oil and then wrap your head in a plastic bag for half an hour. O.K., just wrap your hair actually, not your head. If you wrap your whole head you’ll die. You will die with luscious, glossy hair … but you will nonetheless die.
Yup. It’s like a miracle solution, this Olive Oil stuff. Who knew!
Olive oil … it’s not just for enemas!
I think I just found my first sentence.