The Finishes I Use:
For item surfaces made for/and or come in contact with food, I use only friction polishes, waxes, oils or wax/oil combinations that have been made specifically to be food safe.
For decorative items or those designed to be not used to come in contact with food, I use friction polishes and wipe-on-poly that provide the best durable finish.
Finishes on my Peppermills and Salt Cellars:
My peppermill and salt cellars boxes outside bodies are coated with a wipe-on-poly or friction polish finish to provide a durable outside finish.
The recess or any wooden part where the salt, pepper or spices will come in contact with food, I either leave as unfinished or coat with beeswax, mineral oil or combination of beeswax and mineral oil finish that is food safe.
If in doubt on the finish I have applied to a particular item, please contact me.
Care for wooden items that contact food
To maintain the finish of the items where the surfaces may come in contact with food, I would apply beeswax, mineral oil or combination of beeswax and mineral oil finish that is food safe.
There are wood care products marketed as food safe, but please check with their manufacturer to ensure that they are indeed food safe before using.
I would definitely not use furniture polishes as a cleaning or maintenance formulation of these items.
Care for decorative wooden items (non food contact)
To maintain the finish of the items not designed for contact with food (decorative items) I would still apply and buff a food safe type finish.
I would not use furniture polishes as a cleaning or maintenance formulation of these items.
Care for Crush Grind Mechanisms in pepper and salt mills
The information below is provided directly from Crush Grind Website,
1. Clean with salt
It is easy to clean the grinder for residue - simply by grinding coarse salt. This will clean the ceramic grinding stone built into the grinder, as well as the the removable ceramic cone.
Some spices and blends are very oily, e.g. curries and garlic, nutmeg and paprika. These spices may clog inside the grinder. This can be partly avoided by adding a coarse salt in the spice mix.
2. Clean with a brush or water
For a more thorough clean we recommend to clean the grinder by turning the grinder forth and back while keeping the grinder up-side-down. This way the chamber between grinding stone and cone is cleaned. Hereafter you can clean as follows:
a) Use a stiff brush
Unscrew the grey adjusting wheel completely and take out the ceramic cone.
You will then see that the cone is filled with residue.
Clean the grinder stone and cone with a stiff brush.
b) Clean with water
If this is not enough you can put the cone in warm water and the residue will dissolve.
Please remember - ceramic parts need to dry completely before mounting and grinding again - the parts should dry for at least 24 hours!
NB: We do not recommend to use dishwasher!