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How to Care for Your Acacia Wood Cutting Board
Ashley Martens
By Ashley Martens
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Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, we understand the importance of meal prep. Meal prep is a staple of every season, which is why our Brandless team is excited to announce the newest addition to our Brandless family of products, one that will be perfect for all of your meal prepping ventures — an acacia wood cutting board. Here are the top most frequently asked questions when it comes to the use and care of your Brandless Acacia Wood Cutting Board.

 

1. How do I clean an acacia wood cutting board?

When it comes to cleaning your Brandless acacia wood cutting board, hand wash it with hot, soapy water then dry it thoroughly by hand. You can also apply a small amount of food-grade mineral oil after the board is dry to prevent future cracking.

2. Can I soak my acacia wood cutting board in water?

No — do not soak your acacia wood cutting board in water. Since wood is a porous material, it’s great at soaking up liquid, which can lead to internal moisture, which can ultimately cause your acacia wood cutting board to crack, warp, or worse, rot from within. Yuck!

3. Can I put my acacia wood cutting board in the dishwasher?

No: never put a wood cutting board of any kind in the dishwasher. The wood board will become over-saturated with water and the extreme heat will seriously dry out the cutting board, leading to cracks. Hand washing ensures the longevity of your acacia wood cutting board so you can enjoy it for years to come.

4. What do I do if my acacia wood cutting board starts to smell?

Remove odors from your acacia wood cutting board by rubbing the board with kosher salt and half of a lemon. Let this combination sit on the board for 2-3 minutes then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Remove any extra moisture with a clean paper towel then stand the board on its end to air dry.

5. Where and how should I store my acacia wood cutting board?

Store your acacia wood cutting board in a dry area away from extreme temperatures.

6. What do I do if I get a nick in my acacia wood cutting board?

Small cracks or knife nicks aren’t only a cosmetic annoyance, they can also harbor harmful bacteria. If your acacia wood cutting board becomes a casualty of your next culinary adventure (hey it happens), lightly sand the nick or cut with sandpaper and follow with mineral oil.

7. Do I have to season my acacia cutting board?

It may seem like an unnecessary step, but seasoning your acacia wood cutting board periodically will make the board much more resistant to rot, while keeping the wood lubricated so it doesn’t dry out or warp.

8. How do I season my acacia wood cutting board?

In order to properly season your acacia wood cutting board, slightly warm a food-grade mineral oil then dab the oil on a clean, dry cloth. Apply the oiled cloth directly to the acacia cutting board in the direction of the grain. (Go with the grain). Allow the oil to soak in and repeat with a second oil application. Let set overnight to allow the board to dry, then wipe off any excess oil that remains.

9. Can I use another type of oil to clean my acacia wood cutting board?

Yes! A food-grade mineral oil works best, but you can also use coconut oil.

10. Can I use too much oil when cleaning my acacia wood cutting board?

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so when it comes to oiling your acacia wood cutting board, be generous with your application, but don’t overdo it.

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