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How to Season a Wood Cutting Board

How to Season a Wood Cutting Board

Last updated on 11/11/2021

Wood cutting boards are a staple supply for any kitchen and, with proper maintenance, can last for years. But it’s important to practice proper wood cutting board care and keep your board well-seasoned in order to prevent bacteria growth or unwanted splintering. The wood seasoning process is simple and will keep your cutting board looking and working great for years to come.

How Often Should You Season a Wood Cutting Board?

It’s recommended that the process be repeated about three times before using a board for the first time, and it should be seasoned again as soon as the finish looks worn down. We recommend using Emmet’s Elixir wood conditioner, which is a food-grade mineral oil that’s combined with naturally anti-microbial oils to penetrate, rejuvenate, and seal cutting boards, butcher blocks, and even tabletops. It’s the only NSF Listed wood conditioner, making it a perfect choice for your restaurant, deli, or cafe. Simply apply the elixir liberally, rub it in, wait for it to absorb, and then buff off any excess with a clean rag.

How to Season a Wood Cutting Board Step-by-Step

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to season a wood cutting board:

  • Wash, rinse, and dry1.

    First, wash, rinse, and dry your cutting board.

  • Apply elixir2.

    Apply Emmet's Elixir wood conditioner.

  • Rub elixir into the wood3.

    Rub the Elixir into the wood using a cloth. Make sure you cover the sides and back of your board as well.

  • Let it set4.

    Let it set for about an hour, until most of the oil is absorbed.

  • Buff5.

    Buff the board with a dry cloth to remove any excess oil.

  • Ready to use6.

    Your board is ready to use!

So, whether you’re refurbishing an old butcher block or seasoning your wooden cutting board for the very first time, this simple process is an important step towards maintaining a safe and sanitary cutting board at your restaurant.

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