Investing in a personalized cutting board for your kitchen is always a good idea. Wooden cutting boards are classy, and they can give you more satisfaction while you are tinkering around in the kitchen simply because they feel more “professional”. However, wooden cutting boards also need more care, especially if you want them to last for a long time.
Properly washing your Personalized cutting boards ensures that they are clean and primed for treatment. You just need some regular detergent, flowing water, a nice sponge and some elbow grease. If your wooden cutting board looks fresh and clean right out of their packages, then you just need to run your sponges over them like you would a plate. Used wooden cutting boards or those with impurities from the factory will need more time with your sponge and running water, though. You only need to use a small amount of soap. Do not use too much because they might dry your boards out.
Never leave your cutting boards in standing water. This can cause them to warp. In fact, while it is okay to wash them with water, you must dry them off with paper towels thoroughly afterward. Do not store them someplace stocky after paper drying. Instead, let them air dry at room temperature, away from direct sunlight or extreme heat. It is not safe to put wooden cutting boards in the dishwasher.
Oiling your personalized cutting boards is important because it keeps the wood moist and durable as your skin lotions would keep your skin young. You do not want to use regular vegetable oil, though, which is not refined enough and could smell rancid over time. There are refined mineral and coconut oils that are perfect for seasoning wooden kitchen utensils and cutting boards. When you are oiling, make sure that the whole board is dripping wet when you apply. Use a paintbrush or a bar towel to massage the oil gently into the board so that all the oil is absorbed. Do not use your bare hands as this can cause splinters. For oils, make sure they are refined and food safe. Beeswax is also a good and non-toxic option.
Use cream once a month
Wooden chopping boards would also need to be applied with cream once a month. There are special, food-safe creams designed especially for wooden cutting boards and utensils. Creams seal off the cutting board and fill in crevices and scars made by knives. Oils, on the other hand, are absorbed into the wood to keep the cutting board looking fresh and new.
While it may seem like a lot of work, cleaning and seasoning personalized cutting boards regularly make them look fresh and new for years. If you maintain your cutting boards religiously, you might even be able to pass them onto future generations. Just remember, extreme heat and too much standing water encourages warping so keep these best practices to make sure your cutting boards always look new.