Coconut Oil for cutting board finish

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Forum topic by Dusty56 posted 04-03-2016 09:20 PM 1011 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2016 09:20 PM

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Hi folks
I’m wondering if any of you have used coconut oil as a finish on your cutting boards or butcher blocks? I have been using it on a couple of home use boards that needed to be re-oiled, but not long enough to determine if I would use it on any that I plan on selling or gifting to anyone.I also haven’t used it as an original finish on a new cutting board, so i don’t know how well it penetrates the wood. I usually use mineral oil and beeswax, but just asking for input from anyone with experience with the coconut oil.
Thank you and have a great day : )

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 09:32 PM

I would stick with the mineral oil / beeswax blend as many other oils can and will go rancid or promote microbial growth, and mineral oil is very inexpensive. Others claim they successfully use olive and other oils however I know that most of these will turn rancid so I avoid them – better safe than sorry is my POV.

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 09:34 PM

Someone asked about that here or used it on a coffee table, my nephew in a food chemist, he said yes for the coffee table, but in time could turn a little rancid, but just washing and reapplying would take care of that. I found his email.
just got this from my nephew.
Saturated fat does not go rancid near as easily as unsaturated. Coconut oil is saturated fat (that’s why it’s solid). It should be good for something like a cutting board. If it did start to get a little rancid, a quick wash with some soap water would remove the old oil on the surface.
There are some oils that slowly polymerize and those are the best for a natural oil finish. I believe sunflower and walnut are ones that will slowly polymerize.

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 12:09 AM

Coconut oil is fantastic!. You can eat it and it even has a uv protection of 4. If mixed with 10% bees wax it will repel water. Yes it needs to be reapplied but it won’t give you cancer and you can use it as after shave, moisturizer and fantastic for sun burn.

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 12:27 AM

I put coconut oil on all my boards. Soaks deep and comes back up to the surface. Fairly water repellent. No rancidity after 4 years.

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#5 posted 04-04-2016 12:50 AM

Very interesting question. Coconut oil is used for many things. Lotsa good answers up above. I know I’ve been using the coconut oil spray for cooking, and it’s good.

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 01:01 AM

Thank you for all of the input, folks : )
The other thing about it is that it becomes liquid at 70 degrees F which is how I would apply it anyway, but then it solidifies again at lower temps. Just wondering if it would “ooze” out of the wood on a Summer’s day and leave a mess on someones counter top. I guess I’ll have to be my own guinea pig : ) LOL

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