Cleaning a Cutting Board
Time needed: 5 Minutes
I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of meal prep. Sometimes, on Sundays I prepare enough for the entire week and put it into storage containers. If I’m not organized that week then I find myself standing over my Boos Cutting board every breakfast, lunch and dinner chopping and cutting veggies and prepping food for the next meal.
I choose to use a wooden cutting board for everything, partly because I’m a life-long vegetarian, and also because everything I’ve ever read, and all the professional chef’s I’ve talked to prefer a wooden board to keep their knives razor sharp. I understand a plastic cutting board isn’t as porous, and prevents cross-contamination better, but since I don’t worry about bacteria from meat, I feel comfortable with my single maple cutting block.
Even so, after I chop up an especially pungent onion, or finely chop some fresh garlic, or grate a little ginger for a stir fry, the board can retain some of the flavor and smells from the previous activity. That’s when I take a few minutes to completely clean the cutting board, and get it ready for the next item.
How to clean a cutting board
- Use a clean, damp towel and wipe it down
- Sprinkle baking soda all over the surface. You can’t really use too much or too little.
- Cut a fresh lemon in half and using the cut end down, press into the baking soda and cutting board. The lemon juice will react with the baking soda and fizz a little bit. This is how you know it’s working.
- Rub all over the cutting board with the lemon. For my size board, one of the larger ones, I need to use 4 halves or 2 whole lemons. I use a combo of circular motions and longer side to side rubs.
- Clean off the lemon juice and baking soda with a slightly damp kitchen towel. Depending on how big your board is, and how much baking soda you used, you may have to rinse the towel a few times to get it 100% clean.
Then I drop the lemon sections into the garbage disposal. This freshens the garbage disposal, and makes the kitchen smell fresh and lemon-ey!
After cleaning, I immediately follow up with sealing my cutting board with a fresh coat of Mineral Oil to seal and protect the cutting board. This step helps to make sure it will last a lifetime!
Note – because I have a solid wood cutting board, I NEVER submerge it in water, or put it in the dishwasher. This would totally destroy it. I only wipe it down with clean towels, and use this method to clean it. It’s the way my grandma did, and her board lasted her entire lifetime!