Mineral Oil vs. Coconut Oil for wood cutting board
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April 5th, 2020
Mineral Oil vs. Coconut Oil to season wood cutting boards
The right oil will make your board last a lifetime
Seasoning your new or not so new cutting board is an essential step in making sure it lasts a long time. Everyday use will take its toll on your board. Chopping and cutting food along with warm and soapy water will add some wear and tear to your board. While cleaning your board is essential, there is another thing you should do to take care of it.
This is seasoning your cutting board. While it isn’t something you need to do all the time, it does help to season your board occasionally to keep it lasting a long time. Seasoning your board adds a layer of protection around your board. This will keep it safe from bacteria, blades, and heat. All these can seep into the wood if not properly seasoned. Not only will seasoning make your cutting board or butcher block last a long time, but it will also ensure the health of you and your family as it keeps bacteria from getting inside.
Mineral Oil Vs. Coconut Oil for wood products
If you’re wondering what to use to season your cutting board, there are a few options. The most popular are mineral oil and coconut oil. Mineral oil, while popular, is also a by-product of crude oil. It doesn’t sound delicious and you may not want it near your food. It also contains toxins. Usually, you’ll find mineral oil in the paint department at your local hardware store. Not exactly a place for grocery shopping. While there are “food-safe” alternatives of mineral oil, it’s not worth chancing it. Using mineral oil isn’t recommended due to this.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is non-toxic and comes with a host of benefits. It will moisturize your board and help it from cracking. Don’t forget to use it on both sides to prevent warping. Coconut oil is also resistant to rancidity. It is also natural and doesn’t come with harmful dyes or additives. Coconut oil is also nut-free, which is perfect if you or a family member has a nut allergy
Why You Should Use Fractionated Coconut Oil
First of all, what is fractionated coconut oil? This is most popularly known as MCT oil or liquid coconut oil. It is refined using a refractionation process that distills the coconut oil, so only the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are left. This leaves a pure oil that won’t go rancid and makes it a far superior oil for seasoning your cutting board. This process also makes it better to use than regular coconut oil, which can still go rancid over time.
Whether you got a new cutting board or inherited one from a relative, seasoning your board will bring it back to life and even extend its longevity. Seasoning your board is easy to do and is excellent preparation for al your culinary needs. It will also protect it from bacteria, cracking, and splintering so you can rest assured your family will be protected from anything unhealthy.
Our Virginia Boys Kitchens seasoning oil is made from organic fractionated coconut oil, with a hint of organic orange essential oil and rosemary to nourish your board from the inside out.