Oiling Wooden Food Preparation Surfaces and Utensils
- How To Maintain Your Wooden Culinary Implements
- Food Grade Or Culinary Wax and Polish
- How To Oil or Wax a Wooden Cutting Boards, Blocks and Other Utensils
- Step 1. Preparation
- Step 2. Cleaning Before Oiling
- Step 3. Applying the Oil or Wax
- Step 4. Removing Excess
- Step 5. Allow Drying and Soaking
- Step 6. Dry Again!
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You wouldn’t consider your kitchen equipment to be furniture, and you would be right, only partially though! A fair few people now have wooden surfaces that they use to prepare and serve food on, from butcher’s blocks to wooden cutting boards. Then you have your wooden utensils, and serving boards (such as cheese boards) and even fruit bowls.
In order to keep these Kitchen and culinary elements, fresh, clean and well looked after, you should either oil or wax them. However you should be careful to use only culinary grade oils or polishes if you are using these surfaces for food!
How To Maintain Your Wooden Culinary Implements
The normal route is to clean after use, absolutely. A decent clean with warm and soapy water as you would. The key here is not to leave them soaked – prolonged contact with water can cause wood to change shape (warp) or expand to the point of cracking.
One of the best ways to keep your wooden utensils and work surfaces clean and well preserved is to routinely oil or wax them with food “safe” polishes or waxes. How often you do this is based on how often you can and how tired they are looking, but at the least try and polish or wax twice a year.
Food Grade Or Culinary Wax and Polish
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that most cleaners, polishes and waxes are safe for culinary wood items – use products specifically marked as food grade or culinary safe. Beeswax is the product of choice, and butcher block wax is an ideal wax, although you could use mineral food grade oil too.
How To Oil or Wax a Wooden Cutting Boards, Blocks and Other Utensils
Step 1. Preparation
The first is collect all the items you need in one place – oling can be messy and you dont really want to move around looking for items. get your chosen oil, applicator and the items that need oiling together.
Step 2. Cleaning Before Oiling
The next thing to do is to make sure all the wooden items you intend to polish or wax are clean and dry. It would be a mistake to polish wet wood.
Step 3. Applying the Oil or Wax
Use a clean applicator, either a for purpose waxing brush, or if you like, a new, clean terry cloth. If stuck a paper towel would do, but wouldn’t be my first choice. Using your chosen applicator, spread the wax or oil in a gentle circular motion making sure you are applying evenly across the surface.
Step 4. Removing Excess
Clean off any excess. If you are waxing, then it is best to wipe of any excess. I would suggest this with oil too, if you leave more oil in one part of the surface than another, you might get deepening of the colour in that area.
Step 5. Allow Drying and Soaking
Allow an overnight soak (with what you have got to with step 3!). I suggest overnight for best results, but up to 4 hours is a decent time, while many others suggest even 20 minutes is long enough.
Step 6. Dry Again!
Check the surface. If still feeling damp (usually if you left too much oil) or waxy (excess wax build up), use a clean cloth – not the same one you used before – to thoroughly wipe off any excess oil or wax. Allow to air dry.