Saturday, January 4, 2014

How To Clean Your Cutting Board

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Cutting boards: the jean jacket of the kitchen. Used regularly, but not really cleaned that regularly. I was a believer that soap and water was good enough, but as you can see, it definitely wasn't.



Yes, I set my wooden cutting board on a heated stove top. No, not even lemon will remove that. But you can still see how gross it is. I'm ashamed. And I'm actually going to be working on the other side of the cutting board, which I forgot to take a picture of.

Here's what you need:
  • 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt




Start by cutting the lemon in half. We'll use one half per side (if you use both sides of your cutting board and are planning on cleaning both sides).




Rub down the cutting board with one half of the lemon {pulp down} and set aside for future use.



Next, cover the cutting board with kosher salt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.




Finally, we'll use the previous lemon half and rub the salt into the cutting board. If it starts getting dry, squeeze some juice out of the lemon as you scrub.



Go ahead and rinse with only water (no soap) and dry. This is a great way to disinfect and spruce up your wooden cutting board. Not to mention it's dirt cheap!


Now go enjoy your squeaky clean cutting board!

Xoxo,



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19 comments:

  1. Great tips! Thank you for sharing (I found it on Pinterest!). Everytime I cleaned my cutting board, I wondered if I could be doing something else to really get it clean. Found it! My board is currently under a nice layer of kosher salt.

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  2. Also linked via Pinterest. Is Kosher salt regular salt? I've not heard of it before! Jo from the UK

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    1. No kosher is a specific jewish salt that is a raw unprocessed salt with no iodine

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  3. Can it use regular salt or must b3 kosher salt

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  4. informative...i don't use wooden cutting board...how can i clean my plastic one?

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    1. If you are opting for a more natural approach I suggest vinegar

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  5. AWESOME! Just did this... PERFECT! Thank you.

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  6. The one additional thing to do after a cleaning like this is to retreat your wood board with a touch of oil (olive or vegtable) to seal the wood again rub a light coat on and off quickly and done

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  7. FYI - You should use food grade mineral oil for your wooden cutting boards as other oils, like olive or vegetable, will turn rancid. Boos block board cream works great too!

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    1. Can you use petroleum jelly instead?

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    2. Petroleum products the wonder of the world totally safe...not

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  8. What a brilliant idea. Someone pinned this on Pinterest and this caught my attention.

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  9. Can this be used on bamboo, as well?

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  10. Interesting... but isn't that a bamboo cutting board? We have one just like it, and ours is bamboo. Wood has a different type of grain, in my experience.

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  11. flaxseed (linseed?) oil is usually recommended for oiling up cutting boards as it does not turn rancid that quickly. I find that the oil usually wears off before it turns rancid, for that matter - but I wash it every time I use it anyway (not always with soap though).

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  12. This is just a perfect method to clean your wood cutting board. I have seen this method on numerous sites, but I must say that you have presented the whole procedure in detail and with pictures. It is now easy to comprehend the procedure and to perform it with ease. The lemon and salt combination is just perfect to clean the Wood Cutting Board. I have also adopted this strategy and now i am going to recommend this method to my friends too. Thanks

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  13. After it dries completely, apply a coat of mineral oil to treat the wood to prevent thing from absorbing & keep board from any cracks.
    I do in the evening & wipe off with xlean , oil absorbent rag. Now it is just as good as new, even better!

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    1. Meant it to say 'clean' not clean!
      Also I do in evening and wipe down good I. A.M. I forgot to mention that. Oops, sorry!

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  14. Look for Kosher Salt in your dollar stores. I find a 12 or 16 oz(forget which) container at Greenbacks for $1.00. Have also seen it at Big Lots in a bag for a few bucks.

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