Care of Collectibles Taught To Me By My Grandmother

United States
February 7, 2007 12:37pm CST
When my grandmother was still walking the earth in her form she did not know she was teaching me the care for what would, in the future become a hobby of mine. I collect used wooden spoons, rolling pins, and mortar & pestle sets. The reason for collecting them is my passion for what the women of different eras were doing and thinking when they were using them. My collections are treasured but don't sit around on display. I use them as they are meant to be used; but I take very good care of each and every one of them. Left alone these items will eventually warp and crack. Some of the ones that I have are well over 100 years old. The first thing that is an "absolute" is to NEVER put anything wooden in your dishwasher as the high heat will warp it very quickly. Once a month I have my "happy day" with my "treasures". The following is my recipe for the love and care of wooden objects that are going to come into contact with food. 1.Gather all of your wooden items in one comfortable place. -sometimes I go to the living room and watch TV, sometimes I sit in the rocker by the kitchen table 2.Take with you a soft rag (washcloth) and a bottle of mineral oil (this is the ONLY kind of oil you can use) Baby oil is mineral oil but has fragrance in it - even the ones without fragrance; canola, olive, corn oils all can turn rancid. Mineral oil is available at your pharmacy in the laxative section. Depending on how many wooden objects you are oiling, you will also need cookie sheets to put them on 3.Preheat your oven to about 400+ degrees while you are oiling and then turn it off 4.Gently and generously rub oil over each one of your objects and place them on your baking sheet. It is okay to stack them on each other. 5.Place them in your still warm oven and let them sit there overnight. If you follow these directions you will not see any of your wooden spoons crack and they will stay new and supple. `Donna
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Sounds like you have an interesting collection. I collect barbies, NO I don't oil them and put them in the oven! I do value my collection and I'm glad to see that you take care of yours too! Enjoy it and pass it on to your children.
• United States
8 Feb 07
It is quite amazing to see the things that have lasted literally hundreds of years, yet we can sometimes purchase something in our world today and it's broken within weeks! Makes u realize the value of a well made product and how well made products used to be!
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thank you, Donna. That's good advise. I'd actually heard not to use oil oil but the rest of the cleaning process is new to me. I've actually accumulated a collection of wooden utensils at various auctions including a number of older hand carved onew. At first I just used them for display but I also collected some Dansk enamelware casseroles which I love to use to cook and serve. The wooden utensils work well with the Dansk since metal scratches the enamel on the pots and the wood does not.
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@Julia1970 (410)
• United States
8 Feb 07
WOW!!!! I was wondering how to take care of wodden spoons. I love them but mine keep breaking and slpintering. Thanks for the tip :-)
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I can underswtand just where you are coming form about the teaching form your grandmother ... mine taught me to make quilts and to hand quilt all mine and they are very dear to me i even have started to buy quilts i see just because someone took all that time and care to make it ...I can't bear to see it not being use dand thrown into a flea market or yardsale ... You take great care of your hobbies and that is so awesome ... I remember years ago having a beautiful wooden salad bowwls and the mathcing smaller serving bowls ...I wish i had know how to take care of it back then ... needless to say it is no longer around now ...thanks for sharing how to care for wooden objects...
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
8 Feb 07
This is great info. I had never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing. How many do you have?
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• United States
7 Feb 07
That's good information to know. Thanks for sharing. I don't have any wooden collectibles at this point, but know women who do and will be glad to know that.
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@sunsham68 (1378)
• India
19 Mar 07
wow. that is some profound stuff. I wish more people would post discussions of this caliber. Amazing Info. I have only one wooden chopping board and some ladles, but that info is a saver for whenever I get more of those wooden things in my collection - love wood cos its so eco friendly!Thanks for sharing!