There are many advantages for choosing a wood cutting board including the fact that they harbor less bacteria than plastic cutting boards, they are beautiful, and they can add a lot of style to a space. However, wood cutting board care is very important if you want to keep your cutting board looking great and functioning well. You want to make sure that you do everything you can to keep the wood cutting board at it's best.
Bamboo Cutting Board Care
While bamboo isn't technically a wood (it's a type of grass) and it is often seen as superior to many other types of wood cutting boards, the bamboo cutting board care is the same as any wood cutting board. By making sure that you take care of your cutting board you will keep it functioning well long into the future. You will have it looking its best and you will protect your family from harmful bacteria.
How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board
Cleaning a wooden cutting board is important. By choosing the best option for each circumstances you will be able to keep your cutting board clean and give it a long life.
- Fruits, Vegetables, and Cooked Foods – You should always have a separate cutting board for raw meats and fishes to reduce the risk of contamination from those foods with high bacterial content onto foods that don't have bacteria or even may not be cooked before being eaten. To clean the cutting board you use for fruits, vegetables, and cooked foods you only need a damp cloth to wipe it clean. This will protect it from warping, from boards splitting, and other damage caused by water and heat.
- Raw Meats and Fish – These foods have a lot more bacterial issues and must be handled with care. You should always use a separate cutting board for these foods. It is a good idea to clean this wooden cutting board with antibacterial soap and water. You should scrub it well to get into any scratches or cut marks on the surface of the board. You should also rinse in warm (not hot) water. You also want to make sure that you are drying it by hand or you are propping it up sideways to dry.
How to Sanitize a Wooden Cutting Board
If or when you want or need to sanitize your wooden cutting board you have a few options. You can mix a very small amount of bleach (about 1 teaspoon) to a three or four cups of water. However, you can also use distilled vinegar at ½ cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water. In either of these methods use a cloth to rub the solution into the cutting board and allow it to air dry. Don't get it really wet.
Another option is to cut a lemon into wedges and use that to “scrub” the cutting board. You will then allow this to dry.
Stains can happen to your cutting board. When they do the best option for getting them out is to sprinkle with salt. Squeeze out some lemon juice and allow it to set for a few minutes. You will then want to use the wedge of lemon to scrub the board. You can then rinse it with warm water or use a damp cloth to wipe it clean. This will depend on how much salt you add while scrubbing the board.
Garlic and onions are common culprits for leaving odors in the cutting board. The quickest and easiest way to get rid of these smalls is to cut open a lemon or a lime and rub it along the surface of the cutting board and allow it to dry. If you want you can use a damp cloth to wipe it “clean” afterward, but you don't have to.
How to Store Your Cutting Board
Your cutting board needs for you to take care of them to keep it looking great. Storing is a very important aspect of keeping your cutting board nice. You will want to keep your cutting board flat or standing straight up for storage. This will help keep your board straight and it will also help prevent warping or splitting of the board.
Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Cutting Board
When you spend some money on a cutting board you want to make sure that you get the most out of it. To do that you can follow these tips as well as the general care above to make sure that you get the most out of the life of your cutting board.
- Never put your cutting board in the dishwasher. The dishwasher offers two elements that are dangerous for the life of your board. The water and the heat of the dishwasher are both very bad for it.
- Never soak it. You don't want to let the wood sit in water. This will increase the risk of warping and of the boards splitting and will make it important for you to condition the board more often.
- Make sure that you are being careful with washing and storing your board.
- You also want to make sure that you are conditioning the cutting board every three or four weeks.
Cutting Board Oil
To keep your cutting board really nice you should oil it every three or four weeks or whenever it starts looking dull. To do this you should use a high quality food grade mineral oil to rub into the board. After you have rubbed it into the board you should let it sit over night to soak in. Then use a damp cloth or a piece of paper towel to wipe it dry. If it is still looking dull or has dull spots then you should add some more the next night and let it soak again.
Another conditioning product that can also help is a beeswax or beeswax cream. The cream is usually a mix of oil and cream. If you are using just beeswax then you should add that on top of the oiled board after it is thoroughly soaked in. If you are using a cream then you can choose to use this produce instead of oil or you can combine the two. To apply the cream you will want to rub it in with your hand and then let it set over night. Use a cloth or paper towel to rub it into and to remove any excess.
By knowing and practicing the best wood cutting board care you can you will prolong the life of your cutting board. You can enjoy using it again and again for years to come. Care is easy and quick, but you do need to do a little work.