Here’s A Quick Cure For Wood Cutting Boards

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My daughter was looking for a wooden cutting board. I’ve stayed away from wood cutting boards for a while now since germs and such can stay in the grain. 

I did plastic for a while, but I’ve been trying to get rid of plastic. Then I tried glass because it is more sanitary, but it was ruining my knives.

I stumbled across an article today about how to not only keep your wood cutting boards clean and sanitary, but looking good too –

Here’s how it’s done:

1. First, clean the board. Rinse it off with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water, and if you think the board needs some extra cleaning (after cutting raw meats, for example) wipe it down with hydrogen peroxide.

2. Next, liberally sprinkle coarse salt all over the surface of the cutting board. Cut a lemon in half, and rub the open half of the lemon all over the surface of the wood. Squeeze some juice out of the lemon while you’re rubbing the board down.

3. Once you’re done scrubbing, let the lemon and salt sit on the board for a few minutes to remove any lingering odors from the wood.

4. Wipe off the wood with a damp cloth and start the conditioning process. According to Apartment Therapy, either walnut oil or almond oil will work. Pour a few drops onto a clean cloth, and gently wipe your board, going with the grain.

5. When you’ve covered the whole board, wipe any excess oil off the surface of the board.

Depending on how often you use your cutting board, and the type of climate you live in, you should condition your cutting board as often as once a month or as infrequently as twice a year. Do some research to find out what’s best for your specific cutting board!

By Annalise Mantz, Thrive Market

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-clean-deodorize-your-cutting-board-in-5-steps.html#ixzz3adjtFtHX

 

I think I’ll go back to wood too.

What kind of boards are you using?

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