The choice of material should be based on the purpose for which the wooden board will be used. However, cost is not the only consideration when it comes to a wooden board, and it is likely that a number of different materials will be equally suitable. Timber, for example, can vary in price depending on where it is purchased and how many are purchased at one time. In addition, some timber is sold at a volumetric price. This means that its price will be based on its volume, and not on its value per square metre.
Hardwoods are best for cutting boards
Depending on the type of wood used to make the board, hardwoods can range in price dramatically. Bamboo, for instance, is very cheap and grows quickly. Bamboo cutting boards tend to be thinner than hardwood boards, so you may want to consider a more expensive hardwood like maple or cherry. You can make your own hardwood cutting board if you have the right tools and are willing to spend the extra money. Here are a few things to consider when making your own board:
The most important consideration when purchasing a cutting board is material. Hardwood cutting boards are generally made of solid wood a few inches thick, and are made from high quality wood that is naturally antibacterial and soft on knives. Cheap, thin cutting boards often warp or crack easily, and you must be careful not to choose one that has divets in the surface, where bacteria can collect. Wood cutting boards are ideal for a kitchen and should be made of solid wood.
Oiling your cutting board prevents excess moisture from absorbing into the wood
To maintain the look and feel of your cutting board, you should oil it regularly. You can choose between mineral oil and beeswax. Make sure you apply a generous amount of oil to the board. Be careful not to overdo it, because it will pool on the surface. Start by applying a thin layer of oil to the board and rubbing it in circular motions. Let the board soak for at least five minutes, and then wipe off the excess oil.
To add moisture, you can also apply coconut oil to the surface of your cutting board. Apply the oil in a thin layer in a line with the grain. Repeat this process on your board once or twice a month, or when it looks dry. Beeswax is also effective for moisturizing wood cutting boards. Beeswax is food safe and water-resistant, and it can be mixed with oil for additional benefits. Mineral oil is nondrying and has properties that protect the board from absorbing water and bacteria.
Beeswax is a great option alongside mineral oil
A good cutting board conditioner should contain a few different ingredients. While mineral oil is an excellent choice, beeswax is a natural, food-safe wax that seals in hydration and shine. Coconut oil is also a great option, as it is odorless, tasteless, and non-drying. A combination of mineral oil and beeswax is also beneficial, as it can protect your board from bacteria and keep it from becoming too dry.
To apply beeswax alongside mineral oil, you’ll first need to clean the wood thoroughly. You can purchase butcher block oil at your local drugstore, or you can find it at a woodworking supply store. The ratio of beeswax to mineral oil is approximately 1:3; and 3:5 (depending on the thickness of the wood), and you should add about a half cup per board.
Avoid submerging your cutting board in soapy water
Although most people have heard the saying, “don’t submerge your cutting board in soapy water,” this is not a good practice. While it might feel good at first, the risk of bacteria resurfacing on the board is high. In addition to causing damage to the board’s surface, submerging it in water can actually cause bacteria to grow. So it’s best to avoid submerging your cutting board in water at all.
When washing a cutting board, it’s important to dry it thoroughly after use. This will prevent moisture from permeating the wood fibers and warping them. It’s best to leave your board on the counter until it is clean and dry. If it’s covered with crumbs or other food debris, it doesn’t need to be washed, as you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
Resurfacing a wooden board
When it comes to resurfacing a wooden board, a few basic steps are required. Start by cleaning the board thoroughly. If it’s not sanded, resurface it with mineral oil. This oil is safe for food use and is readily available at most hardware stores. Then, use a sandpaper with an appropriate grit number. Make sure to apply it evenly over the surface.
Apply mineral oil or beeswax coating every month. This will prevent bacteria from growing and will keep the wood in good condition. You’ll also want to clean your board after each use, and it will be easier to keep clean. Afterward, you’ll have a fresh board and a new surface to enjoy. And don’t forget to resurface it after each use, if you’ve neglected it for some time.