I bought a new wooden carving board; I don't want to use mineral oil. I have coconut, safflower and grapeseed oils; would any of these work? Obviously I don't want anything that will go rancid.
Lisanne is a trusted home cook.
You can use coconut, almond, or walnut oil. I'd personally go with the coconut (or the mineral oil).
Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.
Joyce Chen sent me a bottle of food safe mineral oil (don't know if they all are) to use on a bamboo cutting board that I bought from her. I asked my kitchen guru at Sur La Table and she said it's the best oil to use on all cutting boards and wooden spatulas etc. Why don't you want to use mineral oil? My coconut oil is unrefined, but I think I'd use it if I didn't have the mineral oil. I wash my cutting boards a lot and re-oil them every month or so.
dinner at ten is a trusted home cook.
I'm also not excited about spreading a petroleum product on my cooking implements. I've been using a refined coconut oil for my wood boards and utensils and it's worked quite well.
Heidi Swanson also posted instructions for a coconut oil (she used unrefined, so I guess that's ok too) and beeswax mixture for oiling cutting boards and spoons here:
hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.
Love this. I've made wood butter with mineral oil and beeswax, but next time I'm making this version.
Coconut oil is beneficial in so many ways. I use it on my wooden carving boards.
Coconut oil is perfect for oiling new boards, I always use the refined ones, as dinner at ten does. Unrefined is beautiful but awfully expensive.
I use coconut oil on my Boo's tables.
Pat is a trusted home cook.
A lengthy discussion on Food Pickle a few years back:
Thanks everyone, I went with walnut oil. Board looks beautiful. In future I may add a beeswax coating.
Creamtea, the reason I do mineral oil is because it never goes rancid and is not a known allergen. When I had my personal chef biz, I had a few clients with nut allergies. Just make sure you know who you are chopping for. :)
I'll bet it looks so pretty.
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