What type of oil can I use to treat a wood cutting board? What type of oil can I use to treat a wood cutting board?

Taking care of a wood cutting board involves periodically treating it with oil to prevent it from becoming too brittle. A well-made cutting board will last a lifetime if properly maintained. You can use a variety of oils to treat a cutting board, such as mineral or vegetable oil. Two or 3 times a year, it should be lightly rubbed into the wood to maintain it. Depending on who you ask, one or the other will be recommended. Consider the following:

  • Mineral oil is a petroleum product, so avoid using it on a cutting board if this is a concern
  • Vegetable oils such as olive oil, according to some, can lead to rancidity due to the organic content
  • When kept properly clean and dry, olive or another vegetable oil is preferable

 

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