Cutting boards must be one of the hardest working tools in the kitchen. And given how much time I spend in the kitchen, it’s not surprising that I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to my cutting boards.
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I like big, big cutting boards (the bigger the better because I’m a tornado in the kitchen and even a giant cutting board can’t contain the mess and keep it from falling on the floor). I like real wood and preferably one piece. I like darker wood so stains don’t show as badly but I’ll take a light wood (like my board below) if it’s BIG.
Given how picky I can be, it’s surprising how often I abuse said cutting boards.
Sometimes I leave them sitting in water…
Sometimes I use abrasive cleaning pads on them…
Sometimes I even leave food (scraps) on them for hours. Gasp.
(Yes, I know how bad this is. Poor cutting boards. I feel like a bad culinary nutritionist or at least, a bad kitchen cleaner… that’s probably the truth!)
The good news is that most of the time wood cutting boards can be restored to some or all of their former glory depending on damage. Oiling your wooden cutting boards and kitchen tools (think spoons, knife blocks, butcher blocks, salad spoons, whisks, tongs or any other utensils with a wood handle, etc.) can help condition and protect them, add extra moisture, prevent or reduce cracks and splinters, help keep germs and bacteria from penetrating the surface, and generally extend the overall lifespan of your beloved kitchen tools and cutting boards.
Food-grade mineral oil is commonly used and recommended to protect wood and add shine but it’s not my favourite. It’s petroleum-based so the potential for toxicity far outweighs its usefulness for me in the kitchen.
So how about an alternative?
This Cutting Board Oil by Canadian company Caron & Doucet Cuisine is 100% natural and made from coconut oil. It provides a high degree of moisture, shine and added protection. It doesn’t smell like coconut at all if that’s a scent you don’t care for. This plant-based Cutting Board Oil includes essential oils, which help give it a lovely, irresistible lemony scent.
Coconut oil is ideal for uses like these because it’s high in saturated fat, a stable fat and one that is much slower to oxidize than other types of vegetable-based oils. Most vegetable oils should be avoided precisely because they go rancid quickly and can leave your cutting board and food smelling funky… to say the least.
An extra bonus is that I could apply this oil with my bare hands (with no health worries) and it left my hands feeling soft and smelling fresh for hours.
You can click the link for all the details about this coconut oil-based Cutting Board Oil.
I used it on my giant 21 x 14 cutting board as well as several other wooden pieces, like my beloved wooden spoons, my knife block and a smaller wood cutting board that was a bit more pristine (in other words, less abused).
Here are a few pictures of my results.
My wooden cutting board (before and after – completely raw, no touch-ups or photography adjustments):
This cutting board is over five years old, undergoes heavy use and I was surprised at the improvements.
My wooden spoons (before and after – completely raw, no touch-ups or photography adjustments):
I noticed a dramatic difference. In particular, extra luster, shine and they also feel a lot softer (no rough dry surfaces anymore).
After oiling my cutting board and my wooden spoons, I left them for a few hours to dry and fully absorb the cutting board oil. The After pictures were taken after one oiling and for the cutting board, after a full week of my normal day-to-day use and washing/cleaning.
Never oiled a wood cutting board before? Here are a few of my tips:
1. Apply a small amount of your cutting board oil to a soft, not piling cloth and stroke with the grain of the wood, working the oil in.
2. Leave your wooden board or utensils to dry and let the oil absorb for a few hours. This is not required but I find the results are better when I take the time to do this.
3. Make oiling your cutting boards a regular habit (and take proper care of your tools in-between!).
Would you like to get your hands on some of this 100% natural cutting board oil? Hop on over to the Caron & Doucet Cuisine website and discover this plant-based cutting board oil for yourself. Pick up a bottle for yourself, your favourite pal or family friend. Your cutting boards and kitchen tools won’t be able to thank you enough.
You can also check out the company’s full suite of products at their Shop – I intend to check out the Cutting Board Wax next and compare!
Life is a plate… Eat up!