Cutting Board Care Instructions

How To Care For A Cutting Board

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Proper care of your cutting boards will make them last longer and look better.

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.

Application Instructions

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.

Helpful Reminders:

· 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.


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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.


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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.

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4 Reasons To Love A Solid Maple Cutting Board

Solid maple cutting boards have a special charm.

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The pure beauty of a natural piece of wood in the kitchen that you can use in your everyday kitchen cutting tasks makes one feel a little bit more connected to nature.

Four Reasons You Should Own A Solid Maple Cutting Board

1) A cutting board made from a single slab of hard maple goes easy on your expensive cutting knives.

2) They are easy to clean and maintain if you follow the proper cleaning and maintenance protocol for solid wood cutting boards.

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3) Solid wood cutting boards are reversible!  You can use both sides.

4) They can also be used as a serving tray after you get done cutting up whatever you are serving.  I always appreciate anything that can be used for more than one purpose.

So there you have it.  Four good reasons to use a solid maple cutting board.  If you would like more information about cutting boards check out this article on Wikipedia.

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