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Cutting Board Preperation

Love HandlesLove Handles Posts: 253
edited 12:53PM in EggHead Forum
A friend made me a cutting board yesterday. What kind of oil or prep. should I use on it. Thanks & See-Yaa


  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    This is the stuff I use and have been very happy with it....this is also just the first entry from google, you should shop it before buying. I dont remember where I got mine from...HTH[p]

    [ul][li]Mystery oil[/ul]
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,567
    LoveHandles, i oil mine once a month with mineral oil. any hardware store should carry it.

  • GrumpaGrumpa Posts: 861
    LoveHandles,[p]I too use mineral oil to keep mine in good shape. Can be picked up in most drug stores or grocery stores in the drug section.[p]Fairly common inexpensive stuff.[p]
  • LoveHandles,
    When I received a commercial quality cutting board several years ago as a gift it gave the following instructions (from memory).[p]Every few months mix mineral oil and parafin wax together. Melt the wax into the mineral oil. Brush mixture onto board. After a minute or two it will dry to a haze. Take a spatula and scrape the waxy surface off.[p]This conditions the wood with the oil and helps seal the pores in the wood with the wax. Very simple to do and works great.

  • clausenkclausenk Posts: 93
    LoveHandles,[p]John Boos, who makes high end cutting boards and blocks, makes a really nice oil, in the $5 - $6 range, if my memory serves me. I used it on cutting boards that I had neglected for literally decades of use and they perked right up.
  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    Boos just got lucky with a deal with food network and now he is everywhere. His "magic oil" is mineral oil, get it at any drug or hardware store as has been suggested and save a ton of money and hassle.[p]And yes I don't like companies that take something super simple and make it seem like it's a golden new idea that deserves a premium price.

  • PujPuj Posts: 615
    LoveHandles,[p]Another option is to use some freshly squeezed lemon juice and a couple pinches of salt. Rub it in. That's all that we do with our block. [p]Puj

  • LoveHandles,We are lucky enough to live within 25 miles
    of Boos Block Factory in Effingham Ill. We buy quite a bit
    of the blocks that are seconds.We have a large screened porch And on it are 4 antique sewing machines that have a butcher block top. And then our prize and joy, a 5' piece
    that I built a table under, and in it is a Medium Egg and
    a mini Egg. We also have a second that fit our kitchen
    cabinets. We live in butcher block Heaven!!!! Even our kids have benefited. The seconds are cheap. I think the 5' one
    cost us $35. You cannot tell that they are seconds. And we do use the Mystery oil as well as mineral oil. Love them!!!

  • Steve-BSteve-B Posts: 339
    Illinifan,[p]I travel through Effingham every couple of months. Where do you buy the seconds from? Do they have a factory outlet store there? Feel free to email me with the info. just remove the nospam. from the email listed in my profile.[p]Steve-B
  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    LoveHandles, When I took wood shop several decades ago, we used regular veggie oil. I guess Mineral oil is fine, I used it alot for lubicating machinery in food processing plants

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