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Posted on Mineral Oil Wicking Out of End Grain Cutting Boards

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 09:52 PM

What kind of wood did you use?
Wicking sounds like Red Oak or Ash.
It is important to note that Rockhard Maple and a few other closed grained hardwoods are the only suitable woods for cutting board use.

One should never use oak, ash, hickory or other open grained woods for a cutting surface as the pores can harbor germs and decaying food particles.

Softer closed grained woods deteriorate with knife cuts and usage and become unsanitary and wood splinters or particles wind up in foodstuffs.

Mineral oil never dries and never really seals the surface. If you have open pores like Red Oak it will indeed wick right through.
A combination of 10 parts mineral oil and 1 part paraffin, heated till melted together, will probably be the best thing to do at this point. The paraffin tends to clog up the pores when it cools. But, in the long run, this is not a fix, just a get by. Food can still get in there.

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