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Old 08-18-2005, 01:38 AM   #11
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Quick question, after fully oiled for a few days, and used, it is regularly washed with soap and water right? Sounds dumb, but I just wanna double check before I ruin anything. Thanx!
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:53 AM   #12
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Cutting Board Care

Please, if anyone wants to comment on this write-up, I would love to read opinions on this subject.

from: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/cuboca.html

"Cutting Board Care"
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Old 08-18-2005, 09:16 AM   #13
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Quick question, after fully oiled for a few days, and used, it is regularly washed with soap and water right? Sounds dumb, but I just wanna double check before I ruin anything. Thanx!
Your question is not dumb at all. You won't know unless you ask.

Yes wash with soap and water after using, but never under any circumstances should you soak the board in water or put it through the dishwasher. This is true for any wood kitchen tools.

What some people do is use a bench scraper to scrape and gunk off the board first and then just lightly wash with soapy water then rinse and dry. Every week or so give it some more oil. You should not have to give it nearly as much as when you oiled it for the first time.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:06 PM   #14
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Wow, they practically gave it to you gift wrapped! That's a great price, I am going to have to go look to see if I can find any that are mismarked or on clearance...
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Old 08-18-2005, 09:15 PM   #15
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That's some good advice on that site Charlotte. I do kinda-sorta the same thing. Here is how I do it:

Did you ever watch Martin Yan prep food? Other TV chefs do the same thing ... clean off the board as you use it. Have either a clean kitchen towel (well, clean to start with and ONLY used for wiping the board and knives) or some paper towels to wipe the board off as you go along. Cut your veggies, wipe it off ... cut your meat, wipe it off ... etc. This way moisture doesn't sit on the board - and you don't have food particles drying and sticking to the board.

For clean-up ... I use a sponge with a green-scrubby on one side and some dishwashing soap. Scrub it with the scrubby side and soap to get rid of any particles that might be attached to the board and let it sit for about a minute (I generally scrub and rub for a minute so waiting isn't really that important) before rinsing off with clean water using the sponge side. Now, dry it with a clean towel (NOT the one you used during your prep work) or some paper towels and let air dry. Your board is now clean and disinfected.

The next step is to sanatize your board - some people use a mixture of bleach and water, some use plain old 5% acidic white vinegar. Both do the same thing and work equally well .... I personally prefer the vinegar. I just wet a clean paper towel with some vinegar and wipe the board down ... let it sit for a minute and then wipe dry with another paper towel.

Once a week I oil my board. After cleaning with soap and water and vinegar as above .... I allow the board to dry for a couple of hours and then give it a heavy coating of mineral oil and let it sit over night - then wipe off any excess the next morning with a paper towel.

NEVER soak the board in water in the sink .... NEVER put it in the dishwasher ... NEVER pour (above about 110-130 F - hot tap water) hot water over it. These things can warp the wood and break down the glue holding it together. Keep it dry, and clean, and well oiled and it will last a very long time (your grandchildren and beyond).
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:27 PM   #16
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Man, Finally got the oil to fully soak in! I tried it last night, it is wonderful. Very different feel than a $5 hardwood wal-mart board! I didnt even see knife marks after I was done. Thanx for everones help!
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:40 PM   #17
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To add to Micheal, I found a couple of mine over the years [Yeah, I'm a slow learner] would start to split.

After a while I figured out that the boards were being washed and laid back on the counter in their own water drippings. I solved this- no I didn't get divorced- by gluing a small block of wood on each corner of the blocks underside to hold it with about an 1/8 inch gap from the counter. Later I added the felt pads that are sold for chair legs to stop the chairs from scratching the floors because they stopped any sliding around the counter.

Want to change sides, remove the "feet" and glue to the other side. For the glue I use the silicone they caulk around the sink with.
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