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Tuesday’s Tip: How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board!

Sorry I have been MIA for awhile.  Again, lots of summer traveling, weddings, and fun.  I’ll say I have been off getting inspired for you!!!  Last week I was standing in my kitchen staring at my cutting board.  It needed a good cleaning, but I wasn’t sure how to do this.  (Never put your wood cutting board in the dishwasher!  It will warp and crack and you will have to purchase a new one.)  Even though after every use I wash with soap and water, I felt because it is porous, it needed cleaning in the cracks and where I couldn’t scrub.  Just as I was trying to research ways to clean a wood cutting board, I got distracted and went on Facebook.  The people over at Tasting Table must have read my mind because there in my news feed was their article on how to clean a wood cutting board!  I read, followed the directions that I needed, and was amazed by the results.  Follow the directions below!

① Keep it oiled. About once a month, rub the cutting board all over with mineral oil (found in any pharmacy for a couple of bucks). Avoid cooking oil, which can go rancid. And don’t be fooled by upselling: “Some stores sell what they call ‘butcher block oil,’ which is basically more expensive mineral oil,” Raho says.

② Sand out scratches. If imperfections bother you, simply use a small piece of 220-grit sandpaper to buff them out. Go with the grain and be gentle—no need to get all Karate Kid on it.

③ Don’t let it soak. Moisture can warp and age wood so don’t leave your cutting board in the sink and be sure to towel it off after cleaning.

④ Keep it elevated. Raho’s a fan of cutting board with feet. “You can do the cheffy thing and put a damp paper towel or cloth underneath so it doesn’t slide around, but, again, the moisture isn’t great for the board.”  (See my other Tuesday’s Tip for a cutting board HERE)

⑤ Rub it with lemon. Board smelling funky? Onion or garlic odors can linger. Raho suggests sprinkling the board with coarse salt, then rubbing it with half a lemon to freshen up the surface.

Read more: http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/national/17542/How_to_Clean_a_Wood_Cutting_Board_with_Oil_and_Lemon.htm#ixzz39XEPYZmK

If you don’t use a wood cutting board, immediately go to the store and purchase one!  It helps save your knives.  Only don’t put uncooked meat on the board!  I have THIS Madeira board from Sur la Table.

Have a tip you would like to share or are you looking for a tip?  Email me at newsforchews@gmail.com.

Stay hungry…

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