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Posted on Advantages of beeswax mineral oil combo on cutting boards

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#1 posted 03-26-2019 10:03 PM

You can find some videos on YouTube for making your own mineral oil + beeswax concoction, if you’re interested. It’s super cheap and super easy. The hardest part for me was finding a good source of food grade beeswax pellets, reviews on Amazon were always mixed (noxious odor seemed to be the common complaint). But I found a bag (I think 1 lb for $10-15) and have made several jars without making a dent in my bag of beeswax. If I remember correctly it was 6 oz. of mineral oil and 3 Tbs of beeswax pellets, but I ended up doubling the batch to fill the canning jars I use. Just takes a few minutes to heat up the pellets in the mineral oil and then let it dry in the jar. You can add carnuba wax if you want more shine, but it also makes the wax thicker and I think adds a yellow color cast.

IF you want to add wax to your routine, and IF you want to save money. It’s very easy and very economical. There is certainly nothing wrong with just using mineral oil, or using the other products commercially available like butcher block oil.

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