Most cutting boards are a significant investment at places like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, so why not take care of them? There are actually a few things the home cook should be doing to clean and care for a wooden cutting board that will help prevent foodborne illness and prolong the life of the cutting board.
Wooden boards can be made out of acacia, walnut, maple and bamboo – to name a few. For a good understanding of how bamboo boards are put together you can check out The Cutting Board Company which primarily serves the restaurant industry and wholesale distributors, but also the home cook.
Cleaning Your Wooden Cutting Board
- Thoroughly clean board with hot, soapy water.
- Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
- Store clean, dry board upright when not in use.
- Apply a USP-grade mineral oil (tasteless & odorless) once per month with a soft, dry cloth in the direction of the grain. Allow to soak in for 2-3 minutes. Remove excess with a clean, dry cloth.
And, to prevent your wooden cutting board from warping, cracking or splitting:
- Do not immerse in water or any period of time.
- Do not place in the diswasher.