the butcher block oil that you get from Rockler and WoodCraft is just
mineral oil like you get at the pharmacy at a slight(5X) mark up.
I did find some leamon oil(in really fine print it says mineral oil based)
and bees wax stuff for cutting boards that looks like it works rather well,
don't know how well it will hold up.
Well.... Yes and no.
There are many grades of mineral oil. To be the very safest, one
should use food grade mineral oil. You can get lesser grades for
cheaper. The food grade stuff can still be had for pretty cheap if you
buy it right.
I believe most butcher block oil vendors use the grade that is
actually called food grade but is not the highest quality. The grade
they use is for lubricating machinery, such as conveyor belts, where
incendintal contact may occur with the food. It is not used as an
ingredient. It is also used to spary (in very small quantities) inside
rice silos to minimize the dust. Also the main ingredient used to make
Then there is the real pure stuff, this is used in medical
applications as a subtsrate for other concoctions, used to make gel
caps and used in cosmetics and sold as a laxitive. Also called
parrifin oil. Even this stuff can be had pretty cheap too but is more
expensive. However, you have to buy it in real big quantities because
it has to be transfered in a clean room type environment and the
distributors don't want to crak the barrels.
I was able to get the basic food grade stuff for about $12 a gallon
(in gallons) but it cost that much again to have it shipped from
Texas. I can get it for about $3 a gallon once I'm ready to buy it in
55 gal drums.
Most of the vendors mix in some bees wax, orange essence, etc to give
it more panash but yes, it's just the same stuff they are using as a
I have the material saftey shhest some where and some Chevron part
numbers of you need them.
Well a quick Google search on "Food Grade Mineral Oil" might tend to
refute your assertion, but it could be a matter of semantics. I don't
have my direct supplier references with me now but here is one from
Of course the importance of discussing this minutia is surely
questionable but I do enjoy the discourse.
I love this back and forth!!!
Well, I think FDA, National Formulary and US Pharmacopeia may consider
"Food Grade" as a bit more than "advertisespeak" (read below). And I
know from advertisespeak, being a marketeer in my day job.
The Food industry accepts "Food Grade" as the common vernacular for
compliance with the following standards.
Mineral oils that meet or exceed requirements set forth in the U.S.
FDA regulations 21 CFR 172.878 for use in or on food for human
consumption, and 21 CFR 178.3620 (a) for use as a component of nonfood
articles intended for use in contact with food for human consumption.
Citgo's oils also happen to be certified as Kosher with the Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Oils that meet the current standards of the National Formulary (NF) or
US Pharmacopeia (USP), and are registered as 3H and H1 lubricants for
direct and incidental food contact by NSF, for use in food plants
under the jurisdiction of the USDA. CITGO Clarion Food Grade White
Mineral Oil 200 conforms to the requirements of ANSI/NSF Standard 60,
Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals.
the only mineral oil I can find anywhere else is at the pharmacy and it
should be food safe, the directions on the bottle read "take 2 tbsp to help
prevent intestanil blockage" 2 tbsp is a lot more then your ever going to
get off a cutting board
On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 16:45:50 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I generally settle for veterinary grade. Although I'm sure stockholm
tar wouldn't count as "food grade" whoever it was intended for.
I love the farm shop. You can get _anything_ in there, even a complete
copper plating setup.
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