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Treating a wooden cutting board before the first use

You want to enjoy your cutting board for as long as possible. That's why you treat it with oil before its first use. Find out how to do this here.

Why the treatment?

Before you use your cutting board for the first time, we recommend you treat it with oil. With this, you form a protective layer and prevent the cutting board from becoming dry. If the board becomes dry, it could warp or even break. Below, I explain how to treat your cutting board.

What kind of oil

To treat the board, use special cutting board oil. If you don't have this at home, use other oil such as peanut oil, walnut oil, and grape seed oil. Don't use olive oil to oil the cutting board, as olive oil has the tendency to stick and will eventually attract flies.

How to treat with oil

Step 1

Grab a lemon and squeeze it on the cutting board. Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt on top and rub it in with paper or a clean cloth. Let everything soak in for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Rinse the cutting board with warm water and let it dry completely. The drier the cutting board is, the better the oil is absorbed.

Step 3

Spread 2 tablespoons of oil on the cutting board and rub it in well with paper or a clean cloth.

Step 4

Let the oil soak in for 20 minutes.

Step 5 Repeat step 3 and step 4 a total of 4 times. After this, your board is ready for use.

How often do you treat the cutting board with oil?

If you use the cutting board daily, you treat it once every 2 months. You simply repeat the steps that are described above.

How do you maintain the cutting board?

  • Don't let the cutting board dry in a warm place such as the on a heater or in the sun. If you do this, it may bend and/or break. This risk is still true, even if it's been treated with oil.
  • When you finished using your cutting board, wash it immediately. This way, you prevent any food leftovers from damaging the wood.
  • Don't wash your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher. The cutting board will be washed with too much and too hot water. The corrosive substances in the dishwasher detergent aren't good for the cutting. Cleaning it is best done with warm water and a sponge.

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