Answer: Do not soak or submerge your cutting boards! Keep your hardwood cutting board clean by simply washing it with hot soapy water after each use and dry it with a clean paper towel or let it air dry. If you want to sanitize the board more thoroughly, a diluted mixture of chlorine bleach or vinegar solution consisting of one teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Do not soak or submerge the board in water, for this will disrupt the moisture content and cause the rails to split. Wood cutting boards are NOT dishwasher safe. We use a bench scraper to scrape down our butcher block and cutting boards after each use. This handy tool is fast and simple to use. We use a simple hot soapy towel to wipe down and then a dry towel to finish cleaning our cutting boards!
Question: How do I oil my cutting boards? We know that wood cutting board and butcher-block surfaces need protected/moisturized every 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the frequency of use, and what atmospheric conditions are in your household. But, which is better...Boos Block Board Cream or Boos Block Mystery Oil?
Answer: Both products are food safe, effective and do similar jobs - protecting and prolonging the life of our board. You may use them individually or you can use both products if desired: perhaps using the oil first and then putting on a protective layer of cream. Boos Block Board Cream contains a natural, unbleached beeswax and food grade mineral oil formula. Board Cream is a denser, thicker product than Mystery Oil, that will give a protective layer to the board against food and moisture. Beeswax does not evaporate as quickly as oil. We like both, but we use more mystery oil as it soaks in faster, finishing with a coat of the board cream. When using the cream, it is recommended that you apply directly onto the cutting board surface and massage by hand into the grains and let it sit overnight. Then remove the excess with a paper towel.
Boos Block Mystery Oil is a food grade mineral oil. It is a thinner product than the cream, is more easily absorbed, and goes further into the grain of the wood to help restore it. When using the oil, it is recommended that you apply a generous amount and let it sit overnight and see how it looks in the morning. Add more oil if necessary if there are dry spots.
We oil our blocks late at night, after everyone has left the kitchen! The next day the blocks are usually dry to the touch. Frequency of application of Mystery Oil or Board Cream will depend upon how often you use your board and how you clean it - wiping with a damp cloth vs. using warm water. Other factors to consider are weather conditions such as humidity and heat during the different seasons of the year.
Question: How do I store my cutting boards?
Answer: Store your wood cutting board flat most of the time. You can put them on end to dry if it is damp. Or if it is already dry, store flat in a dry area away from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Do not put in basement or garage as there are usually more extreme humidity and moisture or heat in these areas. We use a Silicone Counter Protectors under our cutting boards on granite or marble surfaces this allows the board to sit above the colder counter for air circulation and helps to keep it from sliding on the counter.
Question: How do I get rid of garlic and onion odors on my cutting board?
Answer: Lemon or lime juice with a little salt will go a long way to reducing odor. Sprinkle your cutting board with kosher or table salt. Cut a lemon or lime into quarters and use these quarters to rub the salt into the board, squeezing juice onto the board as you go. Let sit for 2 minutes and then wipe the cutting board clean with a damp cloth. Use a clean paper towel to remove excess water or let the board air dry by standing it on end. Reapply mystery oil or board cream.
Question: How do I remove stains from my cutting board?
Answer: Sprinkle kosher or table salt on your cutting board and then use a damp sponge or paper towel to rub the stained or discolored area. The salt will absorb stains, flavors, and odors. We use a bench scraper to scrape down our butcher blocks and cutting boards after each use. A bench scraper is also a great tool for moving diced and chopped foods from the butcher block to the frying pan! For stubborn stains, try sanding down the area with a fine grit sand paper. It is very important to sand with the grain of the wood, never against the grain. This sanding process exposes a brand new wood work surface. Once sanding is complete, it is recommended to oil your cutting board with John Boos Mystery Oil, or Boos Block Board Cream with Beeswax. This product protects the board and controls its moisture content, keeping it from drying out, cracking or splitting.
Chef shows you how to select and maintain your cutting boards. Any questions, call and speak to one of the Chefs.
Chefs Note: To increase the life of your cutting boards, flip them over and use both sides. Keep them out of the sink. Keep your cutting boards flat! Oil your cutting boards often!
With proper care your cutting boards can last for many years!
Demo will help you maintain your butcher block and cutting boards. Any questions, call and speak to one of the Chefs.
Demo shows you how to varnish and refinish your butcher block counters and tables. Our finish goes on easily, it's non toxic and safe for food contact surfaces. Order our safe butcher block varnish here. Any questions, call and speak to one of the Chefs or one of our kitchen design experts.
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