Wood products utilized in the kitchen need to receive proper care and cleaning. Wooden bowls, cutting boards and utensils need a coating of a beeswax/walnut or mineral combination or just the walnut or mineral oil to preserve the moisture content of the wood and to prevent it from drying out and cracking.
To clean the wood surface, wet a cloth or non-abrasive scrub pad in warm sudsy water and scrub the surface until free of food. Rinse quickly and dry the surface moisture off with a paper towel or dishcloth.
When the wood becomes dry, apply walnut oil or the beeswax/walnut oil, or use another food safe product like CLAPHAMS SALAD BOWL BEESWAX (Woodworker's Supply) to restore the wood. I've started offering small quantities of processed walnut oil and a beeswax/walnut oil mixture that I make up so please ask about its availability.
The use of vegetable oil, other non-drying oils, butter or margarine is not recommended since they can contain ingredients that culture bacteria or dry out the wood. New studies show that some woods have natural properties and oils that actually deter the growth of bacteria.
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