Olive wood bowls and utensils from the Holy Land Gift Shop.
Many who purchase olive wood kitchenware and utensils at the Holy Land Gift Shop ask about caring for the wood. There are many advantages to having kitchenware made out of this type of wood, but it does require a certain kind of care; olive wood products definitely don’t get thrown in the dishwasher with the rest of the dishes!
Michele Howard from HomeHacks on Hunker has more:
Olive wood, with its interesting grain patterns, is hard, dense and resists odors and stains better than other types of wood. In addition, olive wood is very durable, which makes it a good choice for cooking utensils and flooring.
Even so, proper care and maintenance is required to keep your olive wood products in good condition for a prolonged life.
Only use food grade mineral oil on olive wood.
Step One: Seasoning Olive Wood
Season new utensils with food-grade mineral oil. Avoid using vegetable or olive oil because these products can go rancid. Mineral oil is a safe product that is easily absorbed and doesn’t leave the utensil feeling greasy.
Place a small amount of the oil on a soft cloth, rub the oil over the entire utensil and allow it to soak into the wood. After the wood has dried, apply a second coat of oil. Avoid using the utensils before they are fully dried.
Olive wood utensils – nut cracker, lemon squeezer, and honey dipper.
Step Two: Cleaning Olive Wood Utensils and Kitchenware
Clean utensils and kitchenware in warm water using a mild liquid dish detergent. Use a nylon scrubbing pad to remove all bits of food. Avoid soaking in the water because this could raise the grain and cause the wood to swell, which could lead to cracking or splitting over time.
Rinse with warm water and instead of air drying, use a drying towel to wipe them dry.
Step Three: Using Mineral Oil
Rub kitchenware periodically with mineral oil — when the wood appears dull and the last oil treatment has worn off. This helps to prevent liquid from soaking into the wood and keeps it in good condition.
After applying the oil, let sit for a few hours, and then wipe off the excess. How often you treat with oil depends on how often they get used.
Step Four: Sanitize Options for Olive Wood
Sanitize your kitchenware every few months. Clean in warm, soapy water, and then spread them out on a flat surface. Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide over all sides and let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse in warm water and then wipe them dry with a towel.
In addition to cleaning, many also ask why olive wood kitchenware at the Holy Land Gift Shop can be pricey. The reason is because each piece is carved out of one piece of olive wood, which has to be quite large.
Additionally, Franciscan Holy Land Gift Shop olive wood is sourced straight from the Holy Land. If you’re shopping online and see olive wood kitchenware priced for significantly less, we guarantee that it’s probably not from the Holy Land.
You also may have no way of knowing if the people who made the product were fairly compensated. Because we purchase our olive wood directly from Christian artisans in the Holy Land, we are able to guarantee that our kitchenware is not only from the Holy Land, but it was purchased from Holy Land Christians at a fair price.
Original post here.