Conditioning your cutting board is an essential step to ensuring your board will stay clean and last a long time. Whether it’s a new or not so new cutting board or butchers block, it needs to be oiled. Every knife stroke and chop along the boards surface and with every rinse of soapy water will add to the wear and tear.
Conditioning your cutting board isn’t an everyday thing. But occasional maintenance helps prolong the board. Oiling the board will help seal the board deep into the fibers. It creates a moisture barrier deep from within. Adding a wax to the top surface further protects the board from bacteria getting inside the wood fibers.
There is a ton of information out there talking about which oils and which rubs are best for maintaining your cutting board or butcher block. Hopefully the following list will help shed light on the options available for sanitizing and keeping your board lasting for years to come.
Safe Cutting Board Oils
Mineral oil, also known as liquid paraffin, is a non-toxic petroleum. It’s colorless, odorless, and flavorless. Mineral oil prevents water absorption which makes food-grade mineral oil a popular choice. Not all mineral oils are food-safe. When looking for mineral oils avoid the ones used as lubricants for machinery and look for food-safe options. If you are worried about selecting a food-safe mineral oil, products labeled “white mineral oil” are considered food-safe. Mineral oil should be applied to your butcher block or cutting board on a regular basis. It is recommended to oil a board once a month. This prevents the board from becoming dry and helps keep bacteria from building up. Mineral oil prevents liquids from penetrating the board which is often the source of germs and bacteria.
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