As I mentioned above, we were required to use plastic cutting boards when catering. If possible, always use a clean, separate, color-coded cutting board for fresh vegetables, fruits, breads, and other food that will not be cooked prior to eating. It’s best to have a separate board for your raw meats, and another for your vegetables and other foods to avoid cross contamination. I usually recommend sanding or using a shop made router sled to flatten the board.
We also have introduced a line of Eco Plastic products that utilizes 100% post-consumer recycled milk jugs. All you have to do is rub a small amount of melted coconut oil over your cutting board, let it soak in for a bit, then lightly rub off any excess with a dry cloth. Bacterial numbers actually increased on plastic cutting boards held overnight at room temperature, but the scientists could not recover any bacteria from wooden boards treated the same way. Not just any kind of wood from just any kind of tree makes a great cutting board. Make sure you put the cutting board somewhere that air circulates, so that it can dry completely,” Chapman says.
Today I am going to show you my foolproof, incredibly easy and chemical-free way of sterilizing wood cutting board surfaces, as well as how to restore or maintain an old cutting board to keep it looking rich and new instead of all dried out and sad. Glass & ceramic cutting boards are harder than metal … so they dull your knives quickly, not only ruining them, but also increasing the chance of injury.
I love it, and you just reminded me that I should take better care of it and get me some mineral oil. It seems like you simply apply the finish and let it dry, but that would also seem to build up a film. And using longer strips means you’ll have more rows, again contributing to the board being longer. Set the board on end each time to let it dry and to capture the varnish inside the grain. The best way to clean a wooden cutting board is to scrape off all food residues with a steel scraper or spatula.
I made a similar board using a cutting board kit” (wood pre-planned on all sides and of alternating color) from Wood Craft. Then we cut then to size (the 2x2s were 4 feet long, so we got 2 cutting boards by using 8 posts) using a friend’s table saw. Personally, I like to use a homemade mixture of beeswax and mineral oil, such as this one There are also brand-name cutting board creams and oils available in kitchen supply stores. For better food safety, sanitize washed cutting boards after using with raw meat, poultry, and seafood.