Wood platters and chopping boards are timeless additions to any beautifully set table; a warm and comforting vessel to present and display the finest of your culinary creations. With proper care, quality wood platters and chopping boards are meant to last a lifetime. However if you’re dealing with an well-used platter or chopping board that has plenty of build-up, staining, and possibly a rancid smell, simply follow these steps to restore it:
1. Build up is usually from vegetable based oils, which leads to bacteria growth and the wooden product feels tacky or sticky. Using a non-abrasive scrub pad, apply lemon juice to the platter or board and build up to remove the old layers of oil.
2. Sometimes it takes more than one go-over with the scrubber and lemon juice to completely remove the layers. Once removed, wash in warm water and towel dry well.
3. Generously apply a food safe, mineral oil to the platter or board. Let it sit for 24 hours. Once dry, it is ready to use!
Be sure to always use a natural or organic mineral oil for wood that is non-vegetable based to avoid future build-up. Beeswax is most beneficial as it will maintain the wood, and leave no chemical residues behind.