Take care of your wood cutting boards and someday they’ll be heirlooms. It only takes a few minutes each month to keep them in tip top condition.
Just pick up a bottle of usp-grade mineral oil (also sold as food-grade mineral oil) from the drug store or hardware store, and follow these steps:
Use a rag to apply a heavy coat of mineral oil to your cutting board, following the direction of the grain.
Give the oil a few hours to soak in.
Then, wipe off the excess.
Repeat the process monthly, or whenever your cutting boards seem a bit dry.
Oiling your cutting boards will prevent them from…
- warping or separating at the seams
- absorbing foods, odors and bacteria
- growing mold
Have a New Cutting Board?
Season it before you use it for the first time by applying a heavy coat of mineral oil; allowing it to soak in for several hours; then repeating the process again and again until it stops absorbing oil.
Washing Your Wood Cutting Boards
How you care for your cutting boards in between oilings is just as important. Never submerge them in water or run them through the dishwasher. Just wash them off with warm, soapy water after each use; dry them with a towel; and allow them to air dry before putting them away.
Want Your Cutting Boards to Stay Seasoned Longer?
Try my wooden spoon butter recipe. It includes a blend of mineral oil and beeswax, so it holds up longer, and does a better job of sealing the wood.