Cutting Board Care
Cutting Board Care
While normal wear is expected on any cutting surface, with proper maintenance our cutting boards should last a lifetime.
Your new cutting board will act very much like a living thing and will be impacted by the way it is cleaned and stored. Some things to never do:
- Never put a wooden cutting board in the dishwasher.
- Do not submerge the cutting board in sink water.
- Do not clean with bleach.
- Do not use vegetable oil, peanut oil, corn oil, olive oil, alcohols, or any other cleaning solvents on your cutting board.
- Do not store on a flat surface (unless it has feet on one side).
Wash your board after use by simply cleaning with soap and water and rinsing off with the sink faucet. Always wash both sides to prevent uneven water absorption which can cause warping. Be sure to dry your board and do not store it lying flat since this will cause uneven drying.
It is normal for the wood grain on a new board to rise from time to time after coming in contact with water and acid foods. This will give the surface a “gritty” feeling. While we take great efforts to raise woodgrain between each and every sanding grit, it is normal to expect the grain to rise from normal use in the first year. If this happens with your new board or at any time, you can easily bring the smooth surface back with 220 grit sandpaper. For your convenience we have supplied a small amount of sandpaper with your shipment. After sanding and cleaning, be sure to apply a fresh coat of food-grade mineral oil or butcher block conditioner.
If you purchased an end-grain board, you may feel raised ridges from time to time between the individual blocks. These ridges are from the wood swelling and then drying from different humidity levels and from water absorption. There are many different pieces of wood in an end-grain board and each piece has a slightly different fiber density, even if cut from the same tree. The way to treat this issue is the same as with raised woodgrain described above. If you experience this with your board, it is usually best to wait for several weeks and uses before sanding. Again, be sure to condition after sanding as described above.
How to sanitize your cutting board
From time to time consider wiping your cutting board after use with full strength vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid and is a great disinfectant. You can also remove odor by spreading baking soda evenly over the surface of the board and then spraying on a diluted solution of white vinegar. Let foam and soak for 10 minutes then rinse with a water wet cloth.
A scrub using half a lemon dipped in salt is also a good way to remove odors. Follow this with a good rinse and dry as recommended above.