Caring for your cutting board
The most important thing to know is this;
1. Wash them by hand
2. Never put them in the dishwasher
3. Never let them soak in water
Do your wood cutting boards and wood utensils see some heavy use? If so, they could probably use a little TLC by now. Here’s what we suggest:
The first thing to remember is that water is not a friend of wood. Avoid water as much as possible. But also let's remember...it's a cutting board. We cut food on it that is wet. We must wash it to keep it sanitary. It will get wet. When the board gets wet from food placed on it wipe it off frequently during use. Water can cause your cutting boards to swell, warp, fade, and crack. To prevent this, hand wash your cutting board with hot soapy water then wipe off with a towel immediately and dry in a rack. NEVER put it in the dishwasher or let it soak in water. And never lay it down flat.
After the first few times you used your cutting board you may have noticed it looking or feeling a little fuzzy along the joints. That’s to be expected as the grain of the wood is raised by exposure to water. If that hasn’t worn off by now, rub your cutting board with a Scotch-Brite pad, the green scratchy part...or the scratchy green side of your dish sponge. A one-time scrub should remove the fuzz. Keep the pad; it can be used again and again on your other wooden utensils.
Every now and then give your cutting boards a good coat of oil. We prefer mineral oil, it's not very expensive, easy to obtain, has no scent and soaks in quickly. The oil will repel water and thus reduce the number of times your cutting board goes through the wet/dry cycle. A top coat of wax will further repel water during use. Use beeswax.