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Wooden Cutting Board Care

The Dos and Don'ts of Caring For Wooden Cutting Boards

Although some people prefer plastic cutting boards because they can be put in the dishwasher, I've always loved large wooden chopping blocks. Perhaps it's because I have fond memories of my father chopping on his custom-made wood cutting board, but there's something that's rustic and cool about old-school boards. Since I'm the proud owner of a giant (and incredibly heavy) new wooden cutting board, I figure it's high time I learned the proper technique for cleaning it. To find out the dos and don'ts of wooden cutting board care, keep on reading.

  • Do scrub it clean with mild soap and water. Dry it thoroughly with a dish towel or cloth.
  • Don't leave the board out for a long period of time dirty. It's best to clean it directly after using it. If too much moisture sits on the board, it could become damaged.
  • Do keep the cutting surface clean by scraping off food residue with a steel scraper.
  • Don't use it to cut raw fish and poultry. Err on the safe side and cut fish and fowl on plastic boards.
  • Do apply a small amount of mineral oil to the board. Rub it in, then sponge away the excess with a rag. Allow it to dry before using.
  • Don't soak the board, wash it with harsh detergents, or stick it in the dishwasher.
  • Don't always cut in the same place on the board. Distribute the cutting over the entire work surface so it wears evenly.

How do you clean your wooden cutting board?

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Jacek77 Jacek77 5 years
Great tips for cutting board. I create custom cutting boards, check the blog on my website also you can win a one of them if you like my facebook page.Iam also building a custom wood furniture for Westchester NY and New York area.
Angeleen Angeleen 5 years
I was very happy to read that i have been caring for my cutting boards exactly right including rubbing with mineral oil periodically. one thing i also do that was not mentioned, is set in the sun from time to time. slightly bleaches stains out and leaves them smelling like new.
mmsalg mmsalg 5 years
You can get some beautiful custom cutting boards here..
drumacc drumacc 5 years
This site has some good cutting board maintenance tips - We bought one of "The Pigs".
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 5 years
Ah this is super helpful. I never know exactly what to do to keep my cutting boards in tip top shape!
Sweet-Melissa-111 Sweet-Melissa-111 5 years
Water warps wood. It should be common sense to give your wooden cutting boards as minimal contact with water as possible. They'll last much longer if you do. If you have to put your cutting boards in the dishwasher, switch to plastic.
Catipa Catipa 6 years
I always put mine in the dishwasher, never have a problem
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