How To Care For A Cutting Board
Whether you have a solid maple bread board, an edge grain glue up board, or an end grain chopping block, all solid wood cutting boards need to be properly cleaned and maintained.
Care Instructions for Cutting Boards
All CutBord wooden cutting boards come pre-treated and ready to use.
Most wooden cutting board companies pre-treat their boards as well, however, it’s a good idea to apply any good all purpose cutting board oil or conditioner right away and at least twice a month for the first few months, and then once a month after that.
We of course recommend you use CutBord Wooden Cutting Board Conditioner, but you can use any proven brand that you feel comfortable with.
Some people like to condition their new wooden cutting boards every day (or two) for the first week, and then once a month after that. That’s fine.
Using a soft rag (even a paper towel will do), apply a thick coat of cutting board conditioner to one side of the board and let it “soak in” for 2-3 minutes before wiping off. Continue with the same procedure for the other side as well as the edges of the board.
Cleaning A Cutting Board
If your cutting board needs additional cleaning (other than just wiping off with a damp rag), sprinkle table salt on the board, cut a lemon in half (you can also use lemon juice concentrate) and squeeze the juice on the board and scrub lightly. Rinse under running water – dry off – and then re-treat with the conditioning oil.
After cutting vegetables:
Cleanse with 6 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Spray on the board and let stand for 2-3 minutes then wipe the board off with a dry rag (a paper towel is fine) and then re-treat with wooden cutting board conditioning oil.
After cutting meat:
If cutting meat, fish, onions, or other high acid or water content foods:
Cleanse with 6 parts waters and 1 part bleach. Spray on the board and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Wipe off and re-treat with food contact Tung oil, food grade Mineral Oil, or our own blend of wooden cutting board conditioner.
· Never soak your cutting board in water or place in the dishwasher. It is completely fine to rinse your wooden cutting board under running water, just dry it off right away with a dish towel or even paper towel.
· Re-treat the cutting board often. The board is similar to your skin, both need re-hydration often to keep in top condition.
Cleaning A Cutting Board Video
How Often Should I Oil My Cutting Board?
All of our boards come pre treated and are ready to use right out of the box. We recommend that you oil your board on a weekly basis for the first month, and then once a month after that.
If you use your cutting board on a daily basis it is a good idea to treat it with conditioning oil more often.
Wood Cutting Board Maintenance Video
With the above information you should now be able to properly care for your wood cutting board and keep it in great shape for years to come.