Friday, March 9, 2012
Dad's tip: How to seal and protect a wood cutting board used for food
My father told me this great tip for looking after cutting boards.
He loved wood - he built often out of wood, and would usually varnish wood to protect it. He always nagged us if we were careless with water around wood. He told me that with cutting boards, you could protect the wood and seal it by coating it with vegetable oil, such as olive oil. Then you place it out in the sun to cure - and it creates a foodsafe varnish. This would be instead of the usual wood oils such as (non-food safe) linseed oil.
You just do it once in awhile when it wears off.
After I did it the wood was supple and felt beautiful again - as the wood's moisture was sealed in.