Farmhouse Kitchens are so beautiful. I love the natural elements of wooden bowls,
wood trays, crates and cutting/ bread boards. Just this last week while THRIFT SHOPPING
I found three cutting boards. They were poorly maintained but I knew I could get them back
to the way they should look.
I am certainly not an expert but I would like to share what I have learned
and what has worked for me.
looking new and extend the life of your board.
Wash your cutting board with soap and warm water and scrub well.
After washing the cutting board, dry immediately with a towel and let it air dry standing up or
on a raised rack with air flow.
If your board has stains or smells, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar directly on the area.
The acid in these liquids will neutralize the organic material or fats causing the problem.
If the stain is a discoloring on the surface you can try and use very fine sandpaper.
I maintain my wood items with Mineral Oil.
Its properties prevent water absorption, which makes food-grade mineral oil (as determined
by the Federal Drug Administration) a popular choice for wooden kitchen items
such as wooden spoons, bowls, and, of course, cutting boards and butcher blocks.
The key word here is food-safe, there are
types of mineral oils that are not safe for human consumption.
You can find it in the pharmacy where laxatives are sold. I bought mine at Target,
it was not very expensive and will last a long time.
Regular application of mineral oil will prevent
cutting boards from becoming dry and brittle, which
can cause a cracks. A board that is treated with oil also prevents liquids from penetrating the
board, which is often the source of germs and bacteria.
as these are rich in fats that will eventually oxidize and go RANCID,
creating a foul smelling board. Also, never use standard mineral oil from a hardware
that is not rated as food safe, as that is meant for machine
lubrication and not for contact with food.
Add a generous amount with a clean soft cloth. You will be amazed
how much the wood will absorb the oil.
Keep rubbing until it has soaked in to the touch. Wipe off excess if needed.
This will also give new life to vintage rolling pins, all metal pans and kitchenware.
Before, looking a bit dried out
You can see the difference here.
And after I finished you can see the improvement.
The Mineral Oil also works well on vintage utensils.
It helps clean and stops rust, giving the metal a nice sheen.
I recommend wiping down your vintage cookie cutters after use to protect
them from rust. I store my rolling pins in an old crock ready for use!
I hope you found this helpful.
Thank you so much for stopping by!