Wie pflege ich mein Teakholz Schneidebrett?

How do I care for my teak cutting board?

Wood is easier to care for than you might think. And much easier to clean than plastic cutting boards, for example. The special thing about wood is that it is affected by moisture and temperature. Since notches are created in the wood when cutting, it is assumed that bacteria collect and settle in them. But when cleaning, dirt can be easily washed out because the water opens the pores in the wood. Wood also contains tannin, which has an antibacterial effect. Plastic boards, on the other hand, tend to trap some of the dirt and bacteria. This is why cutting and breakfast boards made of teak are so popular.

Cleaning and care in everyday life

You should rinse your cutting board under warm running water after every use. Stubborn dirt can be removed with a cloth or dishwashing brush. After cutting meat and fish, we recommend cleaning it in the dishwasher or, alternatively, cleaning it thoroughly under hot water with a little washing-up liquid. It is then important that the cutting board is dried and left to dry.

In addition to cleaning, you should oil your cutting boards. Treating them with oil at regular intervals gives the board a protective layer. This ensures that no stains form on the board from vegetables that rub off. The oil also gives the surface a beautiful shine.

Which oil is suitable for wooden cutting boards?

To oil your cutting board, it is best to use an oil that is odorless and tasteless. You don't necessarily have to buy special wood oil, you can also use cooking oil.

Linseed oil is the best for drying and absorbing. In theory, this only needs to be applied once or twice a year. In general, the board should be oiled when it becomes rough and unsightly or when you feel that the protection provided by the oil is wearing off.

Natural annual oiling is so simple

  1. The first step before oiling your cutting board is cleaning it. For a deep clean, take some lemon or lime juice and rub the board with it.

  2. Next, spread salt (preferably coarse sea salt) on the wood and rub it in with a clean cloth. The whole thing must now be allowed to soak in for 15 minutes.

  3. Rinse the cutting board thoroughly with water. Allow the board to air dry thoroughly.

  4. Now you can apply the oil to the surface and work it in. Be thorough. Allow the oil to soak in and apply a second and third coat if necessary. If there is enough oil in the cutting board, the wood will no longer absorb it and you are done.

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