Now that things have settled from the holidays, we have a little more time to get caught up on things that were pushed aside. Dry, pale and some on the verge of cracking…cutting boards need a little love after working so hard through the holidays. As an avid cook, I need my tools in top shape, and that includes the surface of my cutting boards. It’s really pretty easy to get your boards looking good again. We hope that you enjoy this How to Restore a Wood Cutting Board post.
We used raw or cold pressed coconut oil to add life back into these boards. There are Now there are plenty of products sold to revitalize cutting boards, and many people just use olive oil. But specialty products can be pricey, and olive oil can go rancid. The quick, easy, and inexpensive solution is likely in your pantry right now; coconut oil. With its anti fungal and anti microbial properties you won’t have to be concerned with it growing bacteria or it going rancid as you would with olive and vegetable oils.
Start with clean, dry cutting boards. You can use the coconut oil right out of the container or create a block of it by freezing in an ice cube tray. It will freeze solid in about 20 minutes and then you can work it in like you are waxing a surfboard. Rub just enough coconut oil onto the board cover all of the surfaces, front, back, edges, and cutouts… Then wipe with a clean dry cloth to remove excess oil. Let sit for a few hours before using to ensure the oil has time to get into the wood to really condition it. You really want the coconut oil to penetrate into the wood. You may need to repeat these steps a few times depending on their condition.
If you are thinking of replacing your cutting boards, check out this Freshware Bamboo Cutting Board set. You get three different sized cutting boards, which is pretty convenient, and they are a reasonably priced. Best of all, they are not made of plastic or (worse) glass….pro tip…use wood boards, not plastic, not glass. We hope that you enjoyed this How to Restore a Wood Cutting Board post. Happy cooking!