Food stains on end grain cutting board

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Forum topic by Rich Simon posted 02-11-2017 05:57 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2017 05:57 PM

Finished my first cutting board with GF salad bowl finish, several coats. Let it dry a week.

After using it for fruits and veg only, there are some stains already that I can’t seem to scrub out with soap and water. Is this normal?

Stains might be olive oil.

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 07:34 PM

First off, on the GF site, they say to use butcher block oil on surfaces that are used for cutting. The salad bowl finish is really just urethane, and they add some oil. The idea is that it dries hard. The fact that it does dry hard means you’re likely to get some chips of it in your food that you chop on the board. It won’t hurt you, but it’s probably not what you want.

If you want your new cutting board to stay pristine, get some of those thin cutting sheets and use them on top of it instead of cutting directly on the board. They sell them everywhere.

I use them out of necessity. My Boos block is 18” x 24” x 2” and too unwieldy to be taking to the sink for cleaning. It has a permanent spot on the kitchen island.

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