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.
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.
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