A search for wood cutting board germs shows that wood is actually beter than
the other boards as far as not having germs on them. It is probably a very
good idea to use seperate boards for differant foods.
Even the 'experts' seem to be wrong when switching to the plastic type
Go with the wood.
I agree. While I understand about commercial kitchen rules not allowing
them, ISTR some studies where the wood ones actually retarded bacterial
growth better than plastic. (no, damnit, I do not have a cite.) Wood is
definitely kinder to knives, though. I'll stick with wood ones, as long
as my stock holds out, or they are available in stores.
I knew a guy back in the day, who had a good woodshop, and a good stock
of hardwood plank cutoffs. He'd just run the cutting board through the
planer every few weeks to expose a fresh surface, and when it got too
thin, move on to the next chunk. The used ones either went in the
fireplace, or got used out in the shop for whatever.
It is mineral oil that is guaranteed not to have harmful contaminants
and commonly used as a laxative. It is clear and comes in a bottle and
can be found at your neighborhood drug store or pharmacy or if you want
to pay more you can can get it at a kitchen store labeled as butcher
One correction. It can be harmful in larger than usual doses.
I would not use it for this purpose since you cannot predict
how much it will contaminate the food. If it's too much, you'll shit
yourself to death.
For cutting boards, you just wipe the oil on and wipe off again. Food
grade would be that sold at pharmacies or food stores, safe to ingest.
You would not get more than a trace of it on food, used properly. In
long term use (ingestion), mineral oil can cause vitamin deficiency (of
oil soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K).
On Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:20:49 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That's fine. You do what you want with it. I use vegetable oil to stone
my knives with. But then I wash everything after. If this dude's cutting
board is drying/cracking, nothing will fix it. If he wants to prevent
further degeneration he should use Canola, Peanut, Corn oil. Those aren't
as much of a threat as petroleum based mineral oil.
Enuff said I'm outta this one.
Yes, if you leave the food on there for a very long time, or leave food at
too high a temperature, and don't practice minimal cleaning. It will
contaminate every surface it gets on. I wash mine after every use, and use
bleach wipes frequently.
Butcher shops use mineral oil. Any mineral oil is food grade. If
you're gonna consider a petroleum product food grade ingestible, why
be picky. Mineral oil has been recommended for ingestion to relieve
severe constipation for decades. Not me! Mineral oil is available in
any drug store, pharmacy, and most likely the over-the-counter
pharmaceutical section of most supermarkets.
BTW, those old comedy movies of unfortunate kids having a hard time
swallowing castor oil is true, but it's not the taste the kids are
grimacing over, it's the density of the oil. Like mineral oil, trying
to swallow a big ol' spoonfull of castor, mineral, and most other
oils, is like trying to swallow a solid object. It induces one's gag
reflex and is often next to impossible to choke down even if, like
mineral oil, it's completely tasteless.
I choose not to oil my cutting board with any oil. I jes clean it
with warm soap and water and sometimes a mild water/bleach solution.
A good board, made of maple or some other appropriate wood and a
quality glue, will last for years.
If you buy one of the huge butcher block tables that cost $$$$ and
will last forever and insist on oiling it, use mineral oil. Those
things get cleaned several times a day, and worn down from heavy use.
So much meat passes over them, there's little chance of ingesting much
My aversion to ingesting petroleum products is jes my own personal
I took one spoon of that in my whole life. It ranks in the top three worst
things I have ever eaten. After they outlawed all the patent medicines with
cocaine and the good stuff in them, castor oil was the cureall. You didn't
dare look like you were sick or ............................
Heart surgery pending?
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