Another suggestion for feast gear.
If you have found some bowls or plates you like that are made of wood. Look
at the finish on them.
If it's cracked, varnish or wax your best bet is to remove it. I have a few
wooden bowls I have dealt
with this issue by taking time, sometimes painstakingly long, sanding off
the finish with gradually smaller
grit size sandpaper until I have a clean and nearly polished wood finish.
After doing this heat your item
in the oven at 250 for an hour or so. Take it out and rub it down with
cooking oil of some kind, I use
canola oil because it makes the bowl smell like popcorn! :-)
Put it back into the oven and bake the oil in, or if you're in a sunny zone
you can leave it in the sun for
a day. Wipe off the excess oil and let dry. Not only will you have a good
looking bowl, but it will be
waterproofed with a finish you don't have to worry about cutting through.
If you do? Add some oil
and reheat. If it's really bad, sand again and oil. Works great and always
gets a laugh or raised eye
brow from a cook when I ask "May I borrow your oven? I need to bake my
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