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From: Jo Stepaniak (jo.vegsource.com)
Subject: Re: oiling cutting boards
Date: September 16, 2011 at 5:34 am PST

In Reply to: oiling cutting boards posted by Silvia on September 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm:

Hi, Silvia. Yes, cutting boards should be oiled. Mineral oil is a good neutral oil to use. It's important to use an oil that will not get rancid. The oil is soaked into the wood and doesn't go into your food. Don't rinse off the cutting board after oiling it (oil and water don't mix, and the oil needs to be absorbed fully by the wood). Let the oil soak into the wood for at least 24 to 72 hours. If it gets absorbed quickly and the wood still seems dry, oil it again. Once your board is well oiled and no longer seems dry, you should be able to get away without oiling it for several months. Oiling a cutting board will keep it from drying out and cracking (at which point, it should no longer be used), so it's smart to do that on a regular basis (even once a month, if you like, whether or not the board looks like it needs it).

~Jo



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