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Posted on submerging cutting board in mineral oil

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Charlie

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#1 posted 649 days ago

I bow to the finishing experts when it comes to finishing. I am but a gnat on the windshield before them. My opinions are expressed from the standpoint of a cutting board USER for a very long time. Not a cutting board maker. I prefer to receive my boards untreated so I know what’s been applied to them. I would flat out refuse a board that had been finished (as opposed to simply being oiled) with any kind of film. OK, if I received one as a gift I’d graciously accept it and use it for a cheese board or something. Just not a real cutting board :)

Maybe a bit of an elitest attitude and if you call me on it I’d probably agree.

This is NOT intended in any way to besmirch the fine boards I’ve seen here. I’m a cook. A chef? Nah…. I’m a cook. I’ve worked with chefs. Some very good ones. Over the course of many many years and in many places. NONE of them will use a plastic board or a glass board, although many have used a rubber cutting mat. This is when they’re using THEIR knives. If they’re using YOUR knives, they’ll use whatever you have. :)

And there’s no argument from me that mineral oil is not a “finish”. It’s merely a treatment. Mixed with beeswax (or butcher’s wax) helps, but it’s still just a treatment. A wood board is an item that requires maintenance and care. Just like a cast iron skillet. Plastic boards are “easy” and don’t require anything other than cleaning and they can be run through a dishwasher.


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