Wood Bowl Care: The Dos and Dont’s of Seasoning Your Wooden Bowl

What better way to bring out the beautiful colors in your salads than serving them on a gorgeous wooden bowl? Wood bowls work with any dinnerware or flatware, adding warmth and texture to your table. 

Plus, it’s easier than you think to take care of wood bowls. In fact, all American Farmhouse Bowls arrive already seasoned and ready to use out-of-the-box.

Each bowl is hand-rubbed with our organic, food-safe wood preserver after being hand-sanded, bringing out the sheen in its natural grain. Since all American Farmhouse Bowls are expertly crafted from a single piece of premium hardwood, we never had any need for sealants, glues, or glazes which means their natural beauty always shines through. If you’re wondering how to care for your wooden bowl after using it, here’s the proper way for their ongoing seasoning to preserve their beautiful finish.

What do you use to treat a wooden bowl?

Use a high-quality, food-safe wood preserver that maintains the natural color, markings, and sheen of your wooden bowl. 

Our organic wooden bowl preserver is made from beeswax and natural oils. Often used to restore vintage wood products, our wood rub effectively penetrates your wooden bowl for a protective coating that’s free from chemicals. 

Avoid using food-based oils, like olive, which can actually attract bacteria to the bowl. A professional oil is always the better choice.

How do you treat a wooden bowl?

After each use, give your wooden bowl a quick rinse with mild dish soap and warm water. Dry promptly.

Don’t allow your bowl to get soaked in water or dry on its own as it can crack and warp. 

For the first month, apply the organic wood preserver weekly as the bowl gets accustomed to how often you use it and to how dry the climate gets. In a dry climate, you may need to treat your wooden bowl more frequently. 

Apply the wood rub liberally and let it soak for about 30 minutes, then rub off any excess.

After the first month, you should season your wooden bowl once every two to four weeks, depending on your frequency of use. 

Wooden bowls are intended for frequent use (they’re so versatile and resilient!), and regular treatment helps keep them in great shape. 

Remember all wooden pieces, not just the salad bowls, require proper care to keep them beautiful and lustrous. By seasoning your bowl with a high-quality wood preserver, you can keep it in great condition while bringing out its natural color, sheen, and unique grain patterns.


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