- Food and Cooking
Basic Cutting Board Care
Wax On, Wax Off
When you bring home your cutting board, unwrap the plastic packaging and allow the wood to aclimate to your house's internal temperature. Youre going to want to let it sit for about a day and a half. In the meantime, take a trip down to your local restaurant supply store and pick up a bottle of food grade mineral oil. Wood is naturally springy but will dry out over time. The mineral oil will keep the wood fibers healthy and springy, allowing it to push any raw animal proteins and other bacteria out, allowing you to easily wipe it off. After the wood has acclimated, rub the oil onto and into the wood. Allow it to sit and soak n the oil for at least 6 hours.
When Life Gives You Lemons
After the wood has soaked the oil into the fibers of the wood cutting board, grab a lemon and slice it in half. You're going to want want to rub it on the cutting side of the board. Not only will it add a nice touch to thw wood giving it a pleasant aroma, it will also lightly season whatever food you are preparing. Lemon juice is also a great astringent, which makes cleaning your board all that much easier. If you want to take it a step further, sprinkle some fine grain salt on the board and use the lemon half as a scrubber. The salt will help prepare the wood for use. If you prefer not to have lightly salted food, you can rinse the cutting board under cold water. The oil in the wood will repel the water, only allowing it to rinse the surface of the board.
Not Only Beaches Are Sandy
Naturally, using your cutting board is going to make it develop deep cuts and scratches. But that is perfectly ok, because they won't be there for long. Not with my guidelines to look back on. At least once a week, that is if you use your cutting board regularly, you will want to take some rough sandpaper to the cutting side of the board. This will remove all tose deep cuts and scratches. If you do not do this, it will greatly damage the wood. Take care of your cutting board, and your cutting board will take care of you.
Rinse And Repeat
Keep in mind, now, that proper care of cutting boards is mainly repetitive. But you must stay vigillant. Your food will thank you for it. As well as your family, friends and anyone else you cook for. As before, after washing your board, oil the wood once a week because you definitely want that wood to remain springy. Aslo, use the salt to scrub off any food that may be stuck on the surface. Don't forget the lemon. But you don't have to use only lemons. Why not try a lime? Or the sweetness of an orange? Any citrus fruit will work. Even grapefruit.
That is pretty much it. Good and solid care of your cutting board will make it last for many many years. You may even be able to pass it on to your younger ones. Now that yu have the knowledge, put it to work. Go out there and find you a new cutting board and whip up your favorite meal.