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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:14 pm 

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All these threads about maintaining a cutting board are giving me an ice cream headache.

I have:
* Owned my board for 2 years
* Oiled it 3 times
* Washed it with a damp sponge maybe 3 times
* Wiped it off with dry paper towel after every use, maybe dampening the paper towel with windex if I feel sporty

That's it! No obsession.

FWIW I think the 'environmentally friendly coating' on studio398s board is probably some form of board butter.


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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:02 pm 
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As we typically do, SWARFY & I concur.

I don't have time to find the links, but it has been scientifically proven that wood boards are naturally antiseptic and excessive washing is counterproductive. Obviously, wiping food & liquids off is paramount & using clean wet rags to wipe off protein residues is, as well, but let the natural bacteria disinfect just as active bacteria biologically filter a fish tank.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:34 pm 

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Swarfy, I had to chuckle. Your approach to cutting boards and mine are identical. But I do not even do the Windex step.

I do believe in most of the data that came out of the UC Davis study, showing how well wood boards performed compared to poly ones in the area of food safety. The decade I spent in fear of wood cutting boards is long behind me.

In the UC studies, after a reasonable amount of time the bacteria had either died, or the remaining small amount of bacteria was so deep in the board that it was pretty much a non issue.

More harm is done to boards through over-zealous treatment than benign neglect...


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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:36 pm 

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Agreed


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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:42 pm 
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We live in the age of extremes.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:10 pm 

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Jeff B wrote:We live in the age of extremes.


Don't even get me started on all the attempts to control/ban raw milk cheese...air-cured sausage...

Bacteria is so underrated!


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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:18 pm 
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I worked maintenance in lunch meat factory, bacteria is so overrated. How did all those generations before us ever survive without all the hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps, disinfectants and on and on and on.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:35 pm 
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I have to concur with BELLE, in that it's underrated. Bacteria's nearly omnipresent status is such a necessary component in the cycle of life it is a shame the greater majority don't even realize we would cease to be w/o them [bacterial strains].



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:44 pm 
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I think we are actually on the same page here and I'm just misunderstanding. I am referring to peoples paranoia of bacteria.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:51 pm 

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I think we are all on the same page!

Not to minimize risks to the very young, the very old, and those with compromised immune systems... But not only are bacteria all around us--they play a huge and complex role in our health. Knock out some bacteria that live in our systems through antibiotic overuse and the beneficial bugs may never return. Kids who grew up on farms hanging out in the muck seem to have more robust immune systems as adults. Every year brings more fascinating research into the interwoven, positive role of bacteria in our lives. I'm with Mel.

Bring on the cave-aged Roquefort!


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