Cutting Board Natural Red Oak

How To Properly Maintain Your Red Oak Kitchen Cutting Board

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To properly maintain your red oak kitchen cutting board from Mountain Dog Millworks, follow these steps to ensure its longevity and hygiene:

Cleaning:

  • Daily Cleaning: After each use, wash the cutting board with hot, soapy water. Use a brush or sponge to scrub any food particles and stains. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Sanitizing: To disinfect the cutting board, mix a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water. Spray or wipe this solution onto the board, then rinse with clean water.
  • Removing Stains: For stubborn stains, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply it to the stained area, scrub gently with a cloth or sponge, and rinse.

Drying:

  • Air Dry: Allow the cutting board to air dry completely before storing it. Do not stack other items on top of it while drying.
  • Vertical Storage: Store the cutting board in a vertical position to ensure proper air circulation and prevent moisture buildup.

Oiling and Seasoning:

  • Regular Oil Application: To keep the wood hydrated and prevent it from drying out or cracking, apply food-grade mineral oil or cutting board oil every few weeks or as needed. Use a clean cloth to spread a thin, even layer of oil over the entire surface, including the edges. Let it soak in for a few hours or overnight before wiping off any excess oil.
  • Beeswax Finish (Optional): If you prefer, you can also use a beeswax-based wood conditioner to add an extra layer of protection and a beautiful sheen to the cutting board.

Tips:

  • Avoid Dishwashers: Never wash your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher, as the high heat and moisture can cause warping and cracking.
  • Avoid Soaking: Do not soak the cutting board in water or leave it submerged, as this can cause the wood to swell and warp.
  • Use Separate Boards: Use different cutting boards for raw meats, fruits, vegetables, and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Rotate Sides: To ensure even wear, periodically flip and rotate the cutting board.
  • Resurface if Necessary: If your cutting board develops deep cuts or gouges, you can sand it lightly to smooth the surface. Follow up with oiling and seasoning.

By following these care and maintenance guidelines, you can keep your red oak kitchen cutting board from Mountain Dog Millworks in excellent condition for years to come.

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