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Forum topic by jtm posted 06-14-2014 06:06 PM 1207 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2014 06:06 PM

So I know this sounds like a weird question for here, but I figured there’s a ton of cutting board expertise on this forum.

I made another all-maple cutting board. Nothing pretty – purely functional.

So the other night, I made some delicious fresh sauteed green beans with garlic and lemon.

Of course, I used the cutting board to cut the green beans, lemon, and garlic.

I washed thing thing thoroughly.

Three days later, I can STILL smell garlic on the cutting board. So much so, that this particular area of the kitchen would still by uninhabitable by most vampires.

How do I get it out?

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 06:19 PM

Why would you want vampires in your kitchen? I say let them eat out on the patio. What type of finish did you use?

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 06:20 PM

Lemon juice or vinegar? Notice the question mark at the end and good luck.

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 06:34 PM

Try shaking baking soda on the board. Then Kosher salt. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and rub with the lemon half until the salt is dissolved. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water.

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 06:39 PM

Vinegar, kosher salt, baking soda, lemon juice, water, that’s about it.

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#5 posted 06-14-2014 06:40 PM

Roquefort cheese works wonders …

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#6 posted 06-14-2014 08:34 PM

LMAO Greg~~

Seriously, I use soap & hot water with a scotch-brite pad, scrub the hell out of it , rinse it well & wipe it dry, let it dry for a day or so and then reapply oil. But…. if your board was not well treated with oil before the garlic it may take a fair bit of doing to remove the oil from the garlic that has entered the pores. Garlic oil gets goofy sticky real fast and can be an SOB to remove if you let it dry on anything. If you can’t scrub it out, then whack it with a sander and start the oiling over, Once a day for a week, once a week for a month and then once a month after that.

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 09:26 PM

We use two boards, one for meat, garlic, onions, anything strong. The other for fruit.

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 12:22 AM

lemon juice works like a champ. also helps with onions

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 12:23 AM

Walk around it 12 times and then drive a wooden stake in it.

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 07:47 AM

No true garlic lover would ever try to get the garlic smell out of a cutting board.

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 07:51 AM

I have to second what runswithscissors said. I’d almost eat old tennis shoes, if they had enough garlic on them.

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