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Old 04-12-2011, 09:25 PM   #11
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further backing it up..anything for cooking will go rancid
veg, walnut, olive..whatever whatever. oil JUST for your board will not cost you very much, and will last a good amount of time. i oil both mine once a week and i haven't even used half the bottle and had it over a year now.

Amazon.com: Joyce Chen Bamboo Wood Oil, 8 Ounces: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:32 PM   #12
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Don't wash an unsealed board. But I guess you did...

Just buy a bottle of mineral oil. Make sure you wipe off the excess, since it's a laxative.

Don't use vegetable based or animal based oils since the go rancid and put a sticky film on your board
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:55 AM   #13
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If it is getting splintery, try sanding it a little, and then put your oil on.

I have a bamboo board that I use regularly, and I never oil it. I don't oil my wood boards, either.

Guess I will have to turn in my cooking license.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:04 AM   #14
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I only oil mine once or twice a year. But you really should do it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:15 AM   #15
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I didn't even know you were supposed to oil wood/bamboo cutting boards! Just bought two of them, which is why this thread caught my interest. And little bits are flaking off mine, too. Going to sand, then oil and see if that fixes it
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:23 AM   #16
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I use mineral oil for mine, but I don't have a schedule. Our big one gets used most so it gets oiled more often. I get an idea when washing them on when it gets to be time and normally do it before bed so it sits overnight with the oil soaking.

I recently did the wood counter in the kitchen. I started that earlier and had to keep adding oil as it would just soak in, you could almost watch it. That hadn't been done in years.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:07 PM   #17
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I didn't even know you were supposed to oil wood/bamboo cutting boards! Just bought two of them, which is why this thread caught my interest. And little bits are flaking off mine, too. Going to sand, then oil and see if that fixes it

it should. the oil keeps the wood from drying out..once it dries out it will start to splinter. plus if it gets wet while it's dry like that, you really up your chances of your board turning into a twisted bunch of something or other.
i didnt oil my very first board. with in two months it had split in multiple spots and was over all just impossible to cut on.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:23 PM   #18
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it should. the oil keeps the wood from drying out..once it dries out it will start to splinter. plus if it gets wet while it's dry like that, you really up your chances of your board turning into a twisted bunch of something or other.
i didnt oil my very first board. with in two months it had split in multiple spots and was over all just impossible to cut on.
Well then I am glad I stumbled upon this thread!!! I love DC :)
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #19
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wow i never knew any of this. None of my boards have splintered or cracked, but I guess since this is the rule, i'm going out to get some mineral oil!
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:34 AM   #20
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Both of my wooden boards are 20 years old, and I have had no splitting. I am sure they would look nicer if I sanded and oiled them--so I will get right on that.

Right after I plant the garden, wash the windows, paint the baseboards . . . . .
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