Food Safe Walnut Oil and coffee

I coated our ikea wood block counter top with coffee that was steeped overnight. I absolutely love the look and colour. Then in order to keep things non toxic and non combustible, I chose the walnut oil as a sealer for the wood.

I am wondering how long it will take to dry to the touch, do I polish it if, as was said in one of your earlier posts, that it was used as part of the "french polish" in days gone by. How do I keep the coffee colour from wiping off on my hands. I have sealed it three times with walnut oil and am wondering if I need a more determined top coat.

Is it the same as mineral oil with the "once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year" scenario? How many times do I apply the oil before it is good to go for use?


Somebody please help me :(


Arbutus Ron here!

Good questions!
No food safe wood finish will provide a perfect seal for the wood. Any that does contains some form of chemicalized ingredients. French polish had other things in the walnut oil to make it last on furniture with no worries about it being food safe.

That said just do what you are doing... add walnut oil like mineral oil and know that you will have to add oil from time to time. It is not a big deal.

I use walnut oil on my boards all the time. As it dries out from use, I add some in the evening and it is good to use again in the morning.

Relax! Wood is a "living" product and will do great with use and reapplication of your food safe walnut oil.

Best of luck!

Arbutus Ron

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