Before using a new wood cutting board, you should take the time to properly season your cutting board.
In fact, you should oil your boards about once a month in order to keep wood cutting boards in good condition.
Seasoning your wood cutting board regularly will help prevent staining, warping, and cracking.
When choosing an oil to season your board, you want to look for an oil that is inexpensive, easily available, and food-grade.
Mineral oil is the oil most commonly recommended oil for seasoning your wood cutting boards…more on this later…
Seasoning Your Wood Cutting Board
Heat the oil slightly.
Rub the oil into the board, rubbing in the “direction of the grain.”…yeah, I hate it when I’m told that also and usually have to ask someone to show me what that means…don’t feel like you’re all alone in this…jk…
Allow the oil to soak in for about thirty minutes.
After about thirty minutes, then decide if you need to rub even more oil onto the board.
In fact, the very first time you season your board, you need to do this about four to six times.
Other Ways to Maintain the Integrity of Your New Wood Cutting Board
In addition to this, you can use a cutting board refinisher, such as this tool from Ace Mart from time to time. This will remove the top level of wood, along with its nicks and scratches, leaving you with a smooth surface again.
As far as taking care of your wood cutting boards on a routine basis, scrub the board with hot soapy water immediately after each use.
Two more things to remember as far as taking care of wood cutting boards…
Never run your wood cutting boards through the dishwasher
Never let soak in water.