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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to Clean Your Wooden Cutting Board

A few days ago I told you to go out and make an investment in some great kitchen knives.  Once you've done that you'll want to buy a good wooden cutting board.  These are the best surfaces for your knives.  Of course you'll also need to have a plastic board for cutting meat that you can throw in the dishwasher.  The only problem with the wooden cutting board is that it cannot be put in the dishwasher.  I wash mine with hot soapy water after every use but when the watermelon tastes like onion it is time for something more.  Here's what I do:

Wash your wooden board really good with hot, soapy water.  While it is still damp sprinkle it with kosher salt.  Then cut a lemon in half and use the cut lemon grind the salt into the board.  The lemon juice and salt will become like a paste, keep working it around.  Rinse with hot water and then dry.  You should then condition it with food quality mineral oil -- you can find this in your grocery store. 

Do this every couple weeks and your cutting board will never make your watermelon taste like onion.

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