mineral oil for cutting boards and butcher blocks, is it special?

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Forum topic by drewnahant posted 03-29-2011 06:22 AM 1581 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2011 06:22 AM

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I was just looking at food safe mineral oil for butcher block tops, salad bowls, and cutting boards, and realized that the stuff marketed for this is way more expensive than the pharmaceutical grade stuff at the local pharmacy. as far as safety goes, I assume the Pharm. stuff is actually purer and safer since it is intended to be ingested in significant quantities instead of just what is rubbed off onto the food. so I am wondering if there is anything special about the wood finishing mineral oil, they dont seem to mention any additives or anything, so is it just a rip off, or what?

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:44 AM

Not sure what the difference is but I buy my mineral oil at the grocery store. It is in the same area as the laxatives. Usually buy the cheapest- as long as it’s “pure mineral oil” there is no problem.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 07:36 AM

Most of them are just a thinner viscosity than the pharmaceutical grade. I like the thicker stuff personally and it even has tocopherol (vit E) in it as a stabilizer…

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