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What is the best oil to treat your chopping board?

There are several types of oils that can be used on a chopping board,

mineral oil

but the best type of oil to use will depend on personal preference and the type of wood used in the board. Here are some of the most commonly recommended oils for chopping boards:

  1. Mineral oil: Mineral oil is a popular choice for chopping boards because it is colourless, odourless, and tasteless. It is a food-grade oil that won't go rancid and can help protect the wood from moisture and stains.

  2. Walnut oil: Walnut oil is a natural oil that is safe for food contact and has a pleasant nutty aroma. It can help bring out the natural grain of the wood and is also resistant to rancidity.

  3. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a popular natural oil that is safe for food contact and has natural antimicrobial properties. It can help protect the wood and prevent bacterial growth.

  4. Beeswax and mineral oil blend: Some people prefer to use a combination of beeswax and mineral oil to protect their chopping boards. The beeswax helps seal the wood and create a water-resistant barrier, while the mineral oil penetrates the wood and helps protect it from moisture.

oil on chopping board

When applying oil to a chopping board, it's important to use a food-grade oil and follow the manufacturer's instructions. In general, it's a good idea to apply a generous amount of oil to the board, let it soak in for a few hours or overnight, and then wipe off any excess oil before using the board again.

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