Did you know? Oiling Wood Cutting Boards

5 Jan

Did you know that the best way to extend the life of your wooden cutting boards and spoons is to oil them periodically?

I never did this prior to a few months ago, but it makes a huge difference in the appearance of your boards and spoons and in preventing cracking.

All you need is some food-grade mineral oil.  You can buy it at any drugstore or drugstore section of the grocery store.  This will save you lots of money over the marked up “cutting board oil” sold at gourmet food stores.  And if you buy it in the drugstore section, then you know it’s really food grade.

Simply apply the mineral oil to a rag or towel, and spread it over the cutting boards or wooden spoons until it’s well coated.

See the difference? The left side is untreated, the right side is oiled:

Good as new!  As far as how frequently to oil, it depends on use.  My bamboo cutting board said to oil it once every 2-3 days in the first weeks of using it, gradually decreasing to maybe once a week or less.  Or, whenever they look dry!   It’s a simple and easy way to keeping your kitchen tools looking like new.

2 Responses to “Did you know? Oiling Wood Cutting Boards”

  1. End Grain Cutting Board July 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Oiling your wood cutting board is essential to keeping it looking good and sanitary! Normally I suggest to oil the board once a day for the first week, once a week for the first month, and then once a month from then on out!

  2. Michael's Woodcraft August 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I am glad you posted this, most people don’t know how to care for their cutting boards. I have been using mineral oilor years along with mineral oil and beeswax mixture that I make for protecting the surface and conditioning the wood.

    Check out the couple pictures on my blog of the cutting boards I make.

    End Grain Cutting Boards

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