What Type of Oils Are Safe to Polish Your Cutting Board?
There are many options to keep your wooden cutting board looking shiny and new. The following list will help you decide which products you can use to sanitize and keep your board looking good as new for many decades.
Mineral Oil Mineral oil is a non-toxic, non-drying product derived from petroleum that is colourless, odourless, and flavourless. It can help in preventing water absorption by the wood. The important thing to remember here is the key word “food-safe”. You can use the same oil that you use for cooking. Regular application of mineral oil will prevent cutting boards from becoming dry and brittle, which can cause a cracked board. A board that is treated with oil also prevents liquids from penetrating the board, which is often the source of germs and bacteria.
Beeswax Beeswax is a good option for those with heavy usage and for those who want to keep their boards last much longer. It’s a natural product, made from bee hives. You can make your own paste by mixing 1-part beeswax and combine with 4-parts mineral oil in a pot and use it on your boards once a week.
Coconut Oil Coconut oils are all the rage these days. They are rich in saturated fats and good for the skin. Use a purer version of the oil to treat your wooden cutting board surfaces, wooden utensils, wooden salad bowls, etc. Note that not all coconut oils should be considered food safe! DO read the label before you use.
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