How to Oil Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards in the Shop

One of the questions that we get asked most often is how to oil cutting boards. That’s probably because cutting and bread boards are one of our best sellers in our shop, From: Susie. Specifically, our Made in Texas cutting boards, which are handmade by local craftsmen, at 8FD Designs, are a shop favorite. Here are a few that I love!

Not only are wooden boards beautiful to decorate with, but they are a kitchen necessity. In addition, creating charcuterie style food boards are very popular for parties, holidays and shareable snacking! For example, I love to make charcuterie boards for family game or movie night and afternoons spent at the lake or pool. Click here for 5 ingredients that I always include on a charcuterie board!

Please note that some of our repurposed wood boards are not food safe, so use only for decoration.

How to Care for Boards

  • First, hand wash boards with warm, soapy water immediately after use. Then, pat dry with a towel and allow to air dry. Never put wood boards in the dishwasher.
  • To remove any smells, rub the board with a half of a lemon.
  • If boards are used for cutting raw meat, use a non toxic sanitizer spray and scrub brush. Then, rinse thoroughly with hot water and towel dry.
  • When serving food on boards, it is a good idea to lay down a piece of parchment paper. This prevents some fruits, like strawberries, from staining the board. However, if stains arise, make a baking soda paste to remove.

How to Oil Cutting Boards

Treat dry or worn boards with food grade mineral oil once every month or two. For example, Howard makes a great cutting board oil. A conditioned board prevents the wood from cracking and warping. Plus, wood that is moisturized tends to be waterproof which prevents odors & bacteria from penetrating into the wood.

  1. Pour and spread the cutting board oil evenly onto the wood with a soft, lint free cloth.
  2. Then, allow oil to sit on the surface for 20 minutes.
  3. Repeat first two steps.
  4. Wipe off excess oil and buff in circular motions with clean cloth.

For an extra layer of protection, use a food grade beeswax and mineral oil combination, like the Boos Block Board Cream. This can be applied after oiling a few times a year.

Thank you for stopping by the blog to learn how to oil cutting boards. If you have any questions over any products in our shop, Shop From: Susie, leave me a comment! But first, save this to your ‘Cleaning Tips’ Pinterest board.

Susie serving wine and cheese on bread board.


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