How To Care For Your Wood Cutting Boards

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Have you ever wondered how to care for your wood cutting boards?  After
my first good quality cutting board purchase I developed a simple method
to maintaining my favorite wood cutting boards and you are going to
love it.  We are so excited to partner with John Boos to bring you this
fabulous giveaway so you can experience the amazing quality of Boos

Last summer I received my very first John Boos cutting board.  Today I have 6 and a John Boos butcher block.  I think I may need an intervention.  Not really.  I have a thing for great quality kitchen tools. My cutting boards are certainly on the top of that list.

I have always had a stack of cutting boards, maybe not such good quality.  But nonetheless I have had a lot.  They never stayed nice though.  They would eventually smell of onion or get dried out or cracked.  It wasn’t until my first Boos Board that I decided to research how to care for and maintain a cutting board.  I mean seriously, these are so nice that I am certain Munchkin will inherit a few when she moves out on her own.


My cutting boards virtually look like they have never been used.  Absolutely as beautiful as the first day I got them.   After I started getting better quality tools, I started paying closer attention to the care of them.   I am thrilled to share my How To Care and Maintain Your Wood Cutting Boards method with you.  Scroll to the bottom for full instructions.  It is really simple to keep them gorgeous and make them last a lifetime.

#TSRISummer is an amazing time.  This year we are partnering with some of our favorite brands to celebrate TSRI’s Sizzling Summer.  I am so excited to share one of our favorite brands with you:  John Boos
is absolutely my favorite cutting board.  Quality products that have
stood the test of time.  For 125 years and counting John Boos and Co
have been creating spectacular cutting boards that have taken the food
industry by storm.  You see their boards everywhere.  Actually I first
fell in love when watching a walnut cutting board on Food Network.  Now I have 3 walnut cutting boards of my own.  Some people collect tchotchke (pronounced Chachkis).  I collect kitchen tools.

Wood Cutting Boards from Top to Bottom – Keep in mind I also have a stack of plastic cutting boards that I use regularly for chicken, onion, garlic and chipotle peppers (they can stain a board like no other food product).

1)  Random bamboo board

2)  Cutting board tray

3)  Walnut 20x15x1-1/2 John Boos  – My favorite everyday cutting board

4)  Walnut Chopping Block 18x18x3 by John Boos – Sits right next to the stove for convenient prep to stove top

5)  Old cutting board

6)  Walnut Chopping Block 18×3 – This one will be on the center of my new table

7)  Maple 24x18x1-1/2 – Huge cutting board for the really big jobs.

8)  Cherry 24x18x2-1/4 – Huge cutting board perfect for permanent placement on a kitchen island

9)  Maple End Grain with Grips 24x18x 2-1/4 – Chad’s favorite

10) Butcher Block – Most gorgeous butcher block ever (Not shown)


{{{Drumroll please}}} John Boos has generously agreed to give away 3, count them 3, fabulous cutting boards to TSRI readers.


One of my favorite cutting boards are the convenient to use and store 20x15x1-1/2″ wood cutting boards.  We are giving away one in each wood…  Maple, Cherry and Walnut.  What is your favorite?  I am hooked on the sleek and sophisticated look of the walnut.   But, I am also in love with the sturdiness of the maple and the simple beauty and durability of the cherry.  Are you excited???


Enjoy your Sizzling Summer!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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How To Care For Your Wood Cutting Boards 

Clean lint free cloth (I use cheesecloth)

Spatula or lemon and salt (your preference)

Mineral Oil/Beeswax Board Cream (I love Boos Block Board Cream)

Wood cutting board

Initial treatment:  Wipe your wood cutting board down with a wet cloth and a mild detergent, rinse and allow to air dry completely.  Make sure your cutting board is clean and dry.

Apply a quarter size amount of board cream to your cutting board.  Use a lint free cloth to apply the cream in a single even layer.  Follow the grain of the wood.  Allow cream to absorb overnight and wipe off any excess cream in the morning.  Treat all sides of the board.

Repeat this process until the board no longer absorbs the cream, for a new board this may take 4 or 5 applications.

Daily care:  be sure to clean your board after use with a mild dish soap and water.  Do not soak your board.  It can absorb water and warp.  Allow board to dry completely.

You can clean your board by scraping the surface with a spatula or gently scrubbing with lemon and course salt.  After cleaning, allow to dry completely and reapply board cream.

To maintain your board you will need to treat it regularly.  How often
depends on you.  Once a month works for me, but if you use your cutting
board more often or less often you may adjust your schedule according to
your needs.

Do not allow liquid to stand on board.  Wipe clean as quickly as possible.  Take care of them and you can enjoy your boards for years to come!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick – The Slow Roasted Italian

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  1. My brother-in-law has gotten me hooked on nice cutting boards. He comes from a family with chefs so they are big into good kitchen tools. 🙂

  2. These look like very nice boards! I have one large plastic and a small plastic board and would love to win this. Love your recipes/website! 🙂

  3. Lovely boards! Would love to own an "artisan" board like those for sure. I only have a couple of cheaper acrylic boards used for bread cutting and chopping right now. These would be a "treasure" for my kitchen.

  4. I'm in desperate need of a new cutting board. Mine are so old and need to be thrown out. They weren't quality to begin with. I love your site!

  5. ! have one cutting board made out of plastic and I would LOVE to upgrade to a John Boos! Thank you for the great giveaway

  6. I have one wood cutting board and the others are all plastic. One of these would make a beautiful addition to my kitchen!

  7. Have no wooden boards right now.
    Would really love one of these.
    Going to check out Boos's site to
    see if I can order one.

    Denise Lamb

  8. I have one wooden cutting board that I purchased at Williams Sonoma on clearance. I bought the Boos wood Block cream on the same day. My board still looks brand new! It is a small board and I appreciate the opportunity to get a larger, more lavish cutting board! Im wishing myself good luck!!!

  9. I have a plastic board. I stayed away from wooden boards since I didn't know how to protect them besides soap and water. So, thank you for this post:) I really enjoy all you do on TSRI:)!!

  10. Have 1board not your, but would love one. My brother took a cutting board & put feet with grippers on them so I could use my apartment washer as an Island. I would put my board on my washer & it worked perfect. I use it for every thing but meat. Your boards are beautiful, I love quality kitchen products.

  11. I would LOVE to win one of these cutting boards!! Mine are some cheap board, plastic board or whatever I an find to chop on!! THESE LOOK FANTASTIC!!! Pick ME!!!

  12. What wood should not be used for cutting boards?
    Answer: Open pored wood not to use for cutting boards like ash or red oak because these woods are difficult to clean from food stains.


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