Cutting Board Care

 

All boards come seasoned with food grade mineral oil and finished with a mineral oil beeswax mixture.   We recommend you to treat the board with mineral oil and/or a food grade mineral oil beeswax mixture.  This procedure is advised to prevent mold, growth of bacteria and odor absorbing.  


To treat the board with mineral oil just pour a liberal amount on and rub it on all surfaces with soft cloth.  If the wood appears to be dry in spots add more mineral oil.  Let sit for 10 minutes then wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

 

It is possible to improve the board with adding mineral oil and beeswax mixture.  The beeswax for a long time is used to make wood smooth, soft, waterproofing and more durable. We offer this product in our store, or you can find at a local supplier of home goods. Our product comes with detailed instructions. 

General service rules:

When to treat your board? 

   There are no strict rules on how often you should treat your board, but we can offer some advise.  When a board becomes noticeably brighter like lighter spots start appearing in some places of a board;  the touch of the board feels dry and rough; water and/or liquid does not stay on the surface of the board, but appears to be absorbed. All these are signs that it is time treat your board with the above mentioned products. 

How to disinfect your board?

There are other ways but I recommend using either of the below methods.

Vinegar - strong white vinegar can be used to disinfect your cutting board. Pour a small amount on the board and spread with a soft cloth.  Let stand a few minutes before rinsing and wiping clean. 

Salt and Backing Soda - spread Salt or Baking Soda over the cutting surface of the board. Allow it to stand on the board for a couple of minutes before brushing off and rinsing.
 

Lemon juice – rub the board with the juice. In a few minutes wipe, wash and rub the board with dry cloth. This way neutralizes strong odors like onion, garlic, fish etc.

Other do's and don'ts include: 


Do not leave the board wet and even more so in the water for a long period of time.
Do not wash any wood Cutting board in the dishwasher and do not place in a microwave oven or broiler.
At least once a month and more often in the winter due to heating, treat the entire board with mineral oil to prevent drying of the board.
Use a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax for a more stable and reliable cover.
Do not use edible oils for board treatment, such as sunflower, olive, etc., because over time they will become bitter and impart the into the taste to your food.