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How to Treat Oak Cutting Boards

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 7 10

Oak Cutting Board
Oak cutting boards are once again popular. Wood cutting boards in general are seeing a resurgence in popularity because they are considered a "Green Product" when compared to most boards made of plastic materials which are not. Oak wood cutting boards come in various sizes, and shapes. Styles also vary from a traditional one wood type to a butcher block style made from oak and two or more additional different woods. Styles also include cutting boards made using the end grain or the long grain of boards. Caring for oak cutting boards is easy with just a cloth and mineral oil.

Things You Will Need

Soft cloth, mild detergent, food grade mineral oil

Step 1

The first step is to clean the board. Use mild soap and water being careful not to saturate the wood as the glue that holds the sections together can dissolve causing the sections to separate. Some of the newer cutting boards say that they are dishwasher safe, but I would rather clean them the old fashion way and be safe.

Step 2

The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company Mineral Oil

Pour a small amount of food grade mineral oil onto the surface of the cutting board. Using a soft cloth, rub the mineral oil into the wood. Wipe any excess mineral oil off and the cutting board is ready to use.

Step 3

If the cutting board is new or is completely dry, it may be necessary to allow the mineral oil to soak into the wood before wiping off the excess.

Wood cutting boards once again becoming a popular choice among chefs and everyday cooks. Caring for oak wood cutting boards is easy with just a cloth and mineral oil.

Tips & Warnings

Oil a cutting board as often as needed to keep the wood from drying out.

Never use vegetable or olive oil to treat a wood cutting board as they can turn rancid making the cutting board smell and potentially be unsafe.



Feb 12, 2010 6:16am
Good instructions for treating oak cutting boards. Helpful info for many.
Feb 12, 2010 10:41am
Helpful information on treating oak cutting boards.
Feb 12, 2010 12:00pm
Thank you for your wisdom in oak cutting boards. I like to wash mine by hand too.
Feb 15, 2010 7:00am
Very good article, I understand about the oiling as my husband made a large jarrah table and it was trial and error which way to go with the finish.
In the end we had to strip it all of and settled for oiling it. It looked beautiful then.
Feb 23, 2010 3:13am
Great article on treating okay cutting boards.
Feb 23, 2010 3:08pm
I was considering buying an oak cutting board, but was concerned on the best way to clean it. Your article has good cleaning information.
Feb 24, 2010 7:05am
Great article, you can really preserve the beauty of a wooden cutting board this way.
Mar 16, 2010 11:55am
Never thought of oiling a chopping board. Good advice. Oak is very popular right now
Mar 24, 2010 11:56pm
very good advice, going to use it, handwash and oil dry oak cutting board
Jun 6, 2010 1:31am
Excellent article on how to treat an oak cutting board. Thanks for the tips. :)
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