Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or you simply aren’t up to date on your culinary skills, caring for delicate wood cutting boards can be tricky for many home cooks. These sturdy, wooden blocks can take quite a beating when it comes to chopping and pounding, but the slightest soak in soapy water can cause them to crack and weaken. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your cutting boards in top working condition.
- Always wash them in hot, soapy water. While soaking a wooden cutting board can inflict major damage, it’s still important to wash it thoroughly after using (especially when you work with raw meat). Simply scrub the surface of the board with very hot water and dishwashing soap, but don’t let it soak into the wood.
- Scrub every so often. About once a week or so, give your cutting board a good scrubbing by sprinkling coarse salt all over and rubbing it in with a sliced lemon. This will remove any caked-on food particles and deep oil stains.
- Oil the surface. To keep the board from drying out, oil it about once per month. Use a food-grade oil that’s won’t become rancid, such as mineral oil or a store-bought cutting board treatment.
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