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TLC : How to Properly Care for Your Cutting Board

A well made cutting board is a necessary tool in the belt of every kitchen. Your companion will treat you as good as you treat it. To help maximize their lifespan and maintain proper hygiene, it's important to give your cutting board some tender love'n care (TLC). Here are some basic guidelines that you can follow to properly care for your luxury handmade cutting board.



It is important to know the background of your cutting board. What kind of wood is it? What was the finishing process? Knowing just some basic information will help get you going in the proper direction. More than likely your board is being protected by a food-grade oil and wax combination. This process helps preserve the natural beauty of the piece while protecting it from all of the wear and tear it will go through.



Regular Cleaning

In light use cases you can get away with wiping the board clean with a lint free cloth. Be aware that some items might stain your board, beets would be a good example of something you might want to avoid. You should regularly wash your cutting board, making sure to wash both sides equally and allow both sides to air dry completely. This processes helps ensure the boards do not cup or warp. Avoid using harsh chemicals, as this will damage the surface or your board. A mixture of vinegar and water or even lemon with salt can be a good alternative to naturally disinfect and neutralize odors.


Oil application

For wooden cutting boards, oiling is crucial in maintaining a long lifespan. This helps protect the natural wood, over time this finish will wear away so it is necessary to apply oil or a regular basis. Simply rub a food-grade mineral oil into the board and wipe away excess. Beeswax is a good natural protective barrier that can be applied over the initial coat of oil to help combat moisture and bacteria.


Resurface When Needed

Over time, cutting boards can develop deep cuts and groves from knife use. The beauty of natural wood is you can restore it to its former glory and any time. At some point it might be a good idea to consider lightly sanding it to restore a smooth and even surface. Be sure to clean the surface and oil the board afterward to protect the newly recharged kitchen companion.


Overall

Caring for your cutting board is not only a matter of kitchen aesthetics but also a crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and healthy cooking environment. By following these simple steps you'll be well on your way to extending the lifespan of your cutting board and enjoying its service for countless meals to come.


Remember, a little TLC goes a long way in keeping your cutting board in prime condition. Happy cooking!



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