So it seems that you went green for your cooking. Either it is that you picked a bamboo cutting board (LINK BEST BAMBOO CUTTING BOARD), or you went for a good traditional wooden one (LINK BEST WOOD CUTTING BOARD) it’s more than sure that, if you want them to last, you will have to follow some steps.
You do know by now that, bamboo or wood, you will have to oil your cutting board. You will have to do it more often in the case of a wooden cutting board, and oiling your bamboo board from time to time will take care of its good looks.
Uhm…so many options…which one to use?
The market is full of options. You can go for the mineral oil (non toxic, non-drying)- it will prevent water absorption and may be applied on all your wooden items in the kitchen.
Have you ever considered that beeswax is a natural choice that will hydrate, shine, and waterproof a cutting board? You might be surprised how wonderful your wooden/bamboo kitchen tools will look afterwards!
Known as Brazil wax, carnauba is called „The queen of waxes”, due to its glossy finish and water resistance. You will find this product in many commercially available cutting creams and oils and you will not go wrong for sure when using it.
For all the stubborn stains on your cutting board, there is always baking soda. Sprinkle it on the stain, firmly rub with a cloth and you’re done.
And, if you feel that your natural material cutting board starts to smell a little bit, use a lemon (literally); its juice will make all the unpleasant odors vanish for a good while!
There’s no oil like…mineral oil!
Also known as the liquid paraffin, this non-toxic, non-drying product is derived from petroleum (hence its qualities: colorless, odorless, flavorless). Keeping the water away, this food-grade mineral oil is the most popular choice when it comes to taking care of the wooden/bamboo items around the house.
Most of the time food-safe, keep in mind there are types of mineral oil that are not made for human consumption. Therefore, read carefully everytime you purchase a mineral oil. Typically, the white mineral oil is the food-safe type.
Applied constantly, the mineral oil will keeps water away, will not let your cutting board crack and, of course, will make the board shine forever and ever.
Always take these 4 steps!
Once you decided to use mineral oil for your cutting board, you should always start with a good cleaning of the board. Then, apply the oil, using a paper towel or a soft cloth.
You can then let the oil soak in, even overnight, if possible.
Last step? Remove the excess oil with another paper towel or a soft cloth.
Take your pick from our top 5!
Here are our options when it comes to oils that will take good care of your wooden/bamboo cutting boards. Some are new, some have already won customers’ confidence. Just give it a go and decide for yourself which one is the best for you.
1. John Taylor Butcher Block Conditioner Food Grade Mineral Oil and Natural Waxes
We know that you worry about your cutting board getting dry, cracked and warped before its time. This conditioner will take care of that and, furthermore, combines food grade mineral oil with natural waxes.
It smells nice and natural and has no taste, thus not interfering with your cooking; the natural beeswax will protect and give back the shine to the surface of your board instantly. The knives cuts will simply vanish thanks this product.
Approved by the FDA, this conditioner has natural antibacterial properties and it’s totally safe for direct contact with food (so if any of your children’s wooden toy needs a fresh air, this is the product that will save you!).
Absorbing easily into the wood, not as greasy as other similar products, this conditioner convinced many customers to buy it again and again and again…
2. John Boos Mystery Butcher Block Oil
Professional or not, you will want to use frequently this product just to see how nice and shiny your wooden boards may be again.
Every three weeks, you can apply evenly this oil to prevent wood from drying, splitting or cracking. Let it rest for five minutes and then wipe off any excess oil.
Do not worry about the safety of your cooking, since it is safe food oil.
Made in our USA, this product is easy to use and will keep your wooden/bamboo cutting boards in great use for a very long time.
3. Howard BBC012 Butcher Block Conditioner
If food grade mineral oil is not enough for you, keep in mine this product that is made not only from food grade mineral oil, but also from the water resistant beeswax and carnauba.
All the traits of these natural ingredients will rejuvenate your wooden board and prevent its cracking and drying.
The beeswax will take care of the knife marks and protect the wood, keeping out the mineral oil and the moisture.
Exceeding the US FDA regulations for direct and indirect contact with food, this conditioner may be used after every wash so that your board will remain nice and functional for a very long time.
4. Wood-Bamboo Cutting Board Oil – Food Grade Mineral Oil
It seems like you got that: in order for you to have a nice cutting board, for a very long time (when it’s made from bamboo or wood) you do need to oil it from time to time.
To avoid the cracking, to protect your bamboo/ wooden cutting board from all the knife splits and to keep it shiny and elegant, you could apply regularly this lotion.
This food grade mineral oil will keep the germs away and see that your natural fabric cutting board will be your cooking support for a very long time.
There were customers complained about the packaging of this product and some really needed the instructions about the use of this product. But, due to their complaints, they received those information later.
In case you are not completely satisfied with this conditioner, you will get your money back, no question asked.
5. Snow River 8-Ounce Wood Oil
When your pocket is not that large but you still want to have a wooden/bamboo cutting board free from any cracks, splits, or germs, buy this food safe oil.
You might find this oil thicker than other similar products, but it’s good to know that it will do its job as well as any other higher priced mineral oils.
Not having any vitamin e (which seemed to be important for some customers), this completely odorless and tasteless oil will protect and preserve your wooden/bamboo boards in no time.