|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 05-08-2016 10:45 PM||576 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-08-2016 10:45 PM
I’m addicted to the show How It’s Made. I’m watching an episode now from December 2010. There’s one section of the episode that deals with wooden kitchen items. One item is, of course, a wooden cutting board. Must admit the set up they have for gluing and clamping is pretty impressive, but the part that worries me is they soak their boards in vegetable oil.
I understand and believe that using vegetable oil on cutting boards is a no-no as it goes rancid over time. Of course, the rancid oil does not smell overnight – I don’t know how long it actually takes to turn rancid. The pessimist in me says the company uses vegetable oil because it’s cheaper and the likelihood of someone returning a cutting board is minimal so it’s a money maker.
My recommendation to my customers is to use nothing but food grade mineral oil or a combination of mineral oil and bees wax. I know that mineral oil or a combination with bees wax will not go rancid so I feel “safe” recommending it. I admit to just not feeling comfortable suggesting anything but mineral oil. I don’t argue the point with customers if they say “I’ve always used such and such” and had no problems. I usually just say something along the line that I am not comfortable about any oil but mineral but if they have done their research and/or simply feel comfortable with a particular oil – go for it – but that mineral oil is my preferred oil.
The issue of nut oils did come up a couple of months ago at a show when a customer asked me about “refined” coconut oil and if that is okay to use. Watching this HIM episode nudged me to look at this issue. Low and behold there is a refined coconut oil that can be used on boards. Still – I’d stick with recommending mineral oil.
So after all of the above – what do you all tell your customers when they ask what they should use to keep their boards well oiled? And what do you tell them when they throw out the “I’ve always used such and such” argument?
What say you?
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine