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How to season a wood salad bowl???

soupereasy's picture

How to season a wood salad bowl??? (post #55731)

Have one inherited from DH parents. Has not been used for 20 years that I know of. No idea what kind of wood it is, though it has a rather pretty grain. No idea what kind of finish, if any other than salad oil, it has ever had. Would like to be able to use it for salad. Help!


 


 

Glenys's picture

(post #55731, reply #30 of 41)

Certain styles of wooden bowls have certainly gone by the wayside but not the style of those wonderful one-piece bowls. Thanks for the link, I just might get one or two of those 17" bowls.
I love the catalogue photo of the tri-pod bowl standing in the snow.


Edited 7/11/2007 10:45 am by Glenys

Glenys's picture

(post #55731, reply #31 of 41)

You should check out the link for wooden bowls. They have colours matching your Luna. Very nice.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55731, reply #34 of 41)

I've got a wonderful set of cherry bowls, including one that's 17 inches across. They've been in a sunny spot for years; they have turned the most beautiful color over time. I use them all the time.

Marcia's picture

(post #55731, reply #36 of 41)

I adore the look of cherry wood and have since I was a child. There is a richness about it that just makes me happy to see.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55731, reply #37 of 41)

It's almost a perfect match for the fir in my house (it's a little darker.) You can see the 3 bowls next to the fir here (plus there's one more on the counter in the pantry.):

http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l77/marie-louise2006/Oakland%20kitchen%20remodel/?action=view&current=14.jpg

Marcia's picture

(post #55731, reply #38 of 41)

The fir's beautiful; is it stained?

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55731, reply #39 of 41)

Yes-and the mouldings are 12 years old, so they're colored a lot from the sun. They had a heck of a time getting the cabinets to look remotely like the moulding (and the baseboards were replaced & butted up against the aged door mouldings.) I'm waiting somewhat impatiently for all the "stripes" in the fir grain of the cabinets to turn color. They tell me it will take 2 years. Sigh...

Napie's picture

(post #55731, reply #33 of 41)

They haven't went out of style here either.

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Frankie's picture

(post #55731, reply #25 of 41)

I would not let the salad oils season it because they will become rancid if you do not use the bowl regularly.

Instead you can/ should use mineral oil, available at most drug stores. Be sure you do not get the scented oil. Yikes! You will need to reseason it on a regular basis, especially if you use soapy water to wash it. Definitely use soapy water.

A better (best) way to go is to use Behlen's Salad Bowl Oil Finish. The oil is safe to use with food once it has dried/ cured for 72 hours. Then, you can treat it like any other bowl. It will not break down with use or with soap. It is perfect for your situation.

http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/SaladBowl.html

Hope this helps,

Frankie


Flay your Suffolk bought-this-morning sole with organic hand-cracked pepper and blasted salt.
Thrill each side for four minutes at torchmark haut. Interrogate a lemon.
Embarrass any tough roots from the samphire. Then bamboozle till it's al dente with that certain je ne sais quoi.

Arabella Weir as Minty Marchmont - Posh Nosh


Flay your Suffolk bought-this-morning sole with organic hand-cracked pepper and blasted salt. Thrill each side for four minutes at torchmark haut. Interrogate a lemon. Embarrass any tough roots from the samphire. Then bamboozle till it's al dente with that certain je ne sais quoi.

Arabella Weir as Minty Marchmont - Posh Nosh


Napie's picture

(post #55731, reply #32 of 41)

The bowls and rolling pins I turn get and initial treatment of beeswax and mineral oil, but after that just use them, wash them and let them dry.  What ever dressing gets on them is fine, but they really don’t need anything else. 

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55731, reply #35 of 41)

I just remembered something!

When I bought my cherry bowls, I asked the woodworker to sell me something in case I ever needed to refinish my bowls. I'd had a terrible time w/ a set of maple ones getting so gummy they'd become useless. I finally gave them away. He said I probably wouldn't ever need to, but send along a can of this just in case:

http://www.sutherlandwelles.com/millies.htm

Tung oil is one of the components of John Boos's Mystery oil. It makes the wood darker.

My bowls have a wonderful water-proof quality that my others never had.