Ghee (clarified butter) as food-safe wood finish

by McKay
(Greenville, SC, USA)

I have considered using clarified butter (milk solids lightly browned, strained through a coffee filter) as a finish. While a visually food-safe at the start, I was wondering if you know of its properties in the long-term. I've heard that it does not spoil, or at least not very quickly, but nothing has been tested yet. Any thoughts on this?


Arbutus Ron here:

Interesting idea. I love ghee for cooking and it just may be an option.

Just try it on a small piece of scrap and see what you think. Leave it in the sun or near heat and see what happens with it.

Of course ghee will have a strong flavor compared to walnut or mineral oils. But if you like that flavor then enjoy!

Let us know how it goes.

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