When you buy a new cutting board it needs to be oiled every day for a week then every week for a month then every month there after depending on how much you use it. I use mineral oil that is purposely made for wood but any mineral oil will do. This will keep the health of the board for years to come.
To clean it before oiling, use baking soda in water for general cleaning or salt crystals rubbed directly on board for odors. Then apply a good amount of oil and let it sit for 24 hours. Wipe off any excess and use as you normally would.
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I love the dishwasher safe cutting boards. Usually made from Plastic, glass or any other surface that slips. If you heavily dampen one ( two paper towels if thay are thin). Place them under your board for rolling or hand chopping. The board will stay in place.For a long job, wet it again as needed.
I like the reusable boards because the wood is hard to maintain.Plastic or tempered glass are easier. They often have glued on feet that come off in the dishwasher. This is better than replaing it. I just removed the feet when one falls off and this makes the product usefull again.
Rather than cutting grapes, cherries or cherry tomatoes one by one, try this. Arrange the fruit close together on a cutting board. Take a flat object (such as the flat part of a plate bottom), and place on top of the fruit. Press firmly, but gently. Run a sharp knife through the fruit, halfway between the flat object and the cutting board. Voila! Several fruit cut at once.
My sister wanted a cutting board for Christmas. The one I bought her had a "channel" to collect meat juices on one side so they wouldn't go all over your counter. If you already have a cutting board, all you have to do is take a router and put the channel in with it and your all set! When you're done make sure you recondition the board with a little oil to keep it in good condition.2614
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