Wooden Cutting Boards: Reconditioning them Naturally

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Reconditioning Wooden Cutting Boards

Wooden Cutting Boards

Now that things have settled from the holidays, we all have a little more time to get caught up on things that often get pushed off. Like reconditioning our wooden cutting boards. They’re dry, pale and some on the verge of cracking… that’s no way to thank them for all of their hard work!

We used raw or cold pressed coconut oil to add life back into these wooden cutting boards. There are plenty of products sold for this exact purpose and many people use olive oil. 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 antifungal and antimicrobial properties, you won’t have to be concerned with it growing bacteria or going rancid as you would with olive and vegetable oils.

Start with clean, dry wooden cutting boards. You can use 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 into the boards the way skies are waxed. Rub just enough coconut oil onto the board to cover all of the surfaces, front, back, edges, hang up cutouts, etc. 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 may repeat these steps 2-4 times and roughly every 4 weeks or when your wooden cutting boards are looking a bit drab again.

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