There’s something wonderful about using a wood cutting board. However, there are some care and maintenance tasks that must be done to extend the beauty and life of your new kitchen tool. These are general rules that can be applied to all cutting boards but apply specifically to the cutting boards that I sell.
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- I make and sell end-grain cutting boards. End grain cutting boards are much more kind to your expensive knife blades.
- Each board that I design has been sealed with 2 coats of a salad bowl finish that is food safe (you can also order mineral oil instead.)
- I seal each board with paraffin wax that is also food grade.
- While cutting on the board, some wax may flake off; this is normal. The wax is food-grade and non-toxic.
- Don’t set hot pots or pans on your cutting board. The wax coating will melt due to the heat.
- As you use your cutting board, the protective coatings will wear away over time.
- You can re-seal the board using food-grade mineral oil. You can get this in a pharmacy department at Walgreens, Wal-mart, etc. Just wipe it on, let it soak in for 20-30 minutes, and then wipe off with a dry paper towel.
- Your cutting board should never be washed in a dishwasher.
- When cleaning your cutting board, wash it with dish detergent and a soft cloth. Don’t use harsh abrasives or scrub pads.
- If your cutting board picks up any food smells, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar to remove them. Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, 409, etc.
- After cleaning your board, dry it well before putting it away.
- The final key to wooden cutting board care is storage. You must have proper storage to extend the life of your board. Extreme temperatures of heat or cold can cause the board to crack or break.
If you have any questions about your cutting board please let me know.
Enjoy the beauty of your wood cutting boards and with proper care they will last for many years to come.