Maintaining Wooden Bowls
1.Purchase food grade mineral oil. Wood bowls can become dry and may eventually break, so it is important to treat them with oil sometimes. When you look for oil in the store, make sure it is labeled as food grade. You can also find mineral oil, specifically it is used for cutting boards, meat pieces or wooden cutlery.
You may find mineral oil that is not specifically labeled as food grade. Some of them are safe consumption, while others are not. If you are not sure, look for "white mineral oil" because this is the kind that is already enough to refine consumption.
2.Wipe the entire surface of the bowl with mineral oil. Take a clean, dry paper towel and pour a small amount of mineral oil. Thoroughly scrub the inside and outside of the bowl with mineral oil. Apply oil in a pattern to make sure there are no spots.
Don't be afraid to put too much oil on the bowl. If it looks like the first application is soaked in a bowl, put on the second and even the third coat.
It depends on how many times you use the bowl. Treat them with mineral oil every few months or at least twice a year.
3.Let the bowl sit overnight. Place the bowl on a counter or table in a clean place and place it overnight. The oil penetrates partially into the wood, moistens it and smears the surface. If you are in a hurry, try sitting in the oil for at least 30 minutes.
Allowing the mineral oil to stand for a short period of time still helps the bowl last but does not allow the oil to soak longer.
4.Wipe off excess oil from the bowl with a clean paper towel. After the bowl has been sitting and immersed in most of the oil, wipe the entire surface of the bowl with a dry paper towel. There will be some oil that does not penetrate into the wood and it is best to remove this excess. Discard the paper towel afterwards.
Put them back in the cabinet for later use or continue to use them. The purpose of using food grade oils is to eat safely.