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Old 04-12-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Olive oil on Bamboo Cutting Board

Hi all!
I just got a new bamboo cutting board and the instructions tell me to use a mineral oil. I've never heard of this oil and I am highly suspicious that this is another one of those unnecessary products that we are told to buy.
Is it ok to just use olive oil? I plan to use these boards daily. I just don't want to buy something I really don't need. Why is it that these days the responses for everything seem to be "just buy ____"?
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hi all!
I just got a new bamboo cutting board and the instructions tell me to use a mineral oil. I've never heard of this oil and I am highly suspicious that this is another one of those unnecessary products that we are told to buy.
Is it ok to just use olive oil? I plan to use these boards daily. I just don't want to buy something I really don't need. Why is it that these days the responses for everything seem to be "just buy ____"?
Thanks!
No use food grade mineral oil. You buy it at the drug store; its cheap. You'll need to re-oil it from time to time so it's not unecessary.

Oilve oil will leave a sticky film.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:13 PM   #3
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Also, olive oil will eventually turn rancid.

Mineral oil, found in pharmacies, is a general purpose oil that can also be used as a laxative, general lubricant (door hinges, etc.), and wood moisture barrier/sealer. It generally runs about $2.00 a bottle - not exactly a pocket book buster.

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Old 04-12-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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Use mineral oil, a mixture of mineral oil and bee's wax, or a mixture of mineral oil and food grade paraffin wax.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
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What about walnut oil? I heard some people use it too.
Oh, i just used the board and i gently rinsed with soap and water after using and tiny fibers of bamboo seem to be peeling off. Is this normal?
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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Any sort of food-based oil will eventually go bad.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:18 PM   #8
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I've had my bamboo cutting boards for over a year now and have never had any shredding or bits come off. They weren't expensive either.

Like Dave said food based oils will eventually go rancid.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:49 PM   #9
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You can buy food-grade mineral oil at any drugstore and in most supermarkets. It's the best oil for wood or bamboo (which is actually a giant form of grass, technically not wood) cutting boards. As others have said, olive oil and other cooking oils will spoil if applied to the board, but mineral oil will not.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #10
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We always used mineral oil on cutting boards and butcher-block cabinets. It is completely edible, as noted, used as a laxitive and bought in the drug store. The main thing is unlike other oils it isn't as likely to turn rancid.
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