- Board Hygiene
There are countless articles and scientific studies posted on the internet about the hygienic benefits of end grain wood cutting boards VS: stainless steel, plastic, marble, composites and even glass. End grain wood boards have been used for hundreds of years. Modern studies have proven our ancestors knew what they were doing as wood has many natural antibacterial properties. The following is an excerpt from just one of the many posted scientific studies done on wood VS plastic boards;...It revealed that those using wooden cutting boards in their home kitchens were less than half as likely as average to contract salmonellosis (odds ratio 0.42, 95% confidence interval 0.22-0.81), those using synthetic (plastic or glass) cutting boards were about twice as likely as average to contract salmonellosis (O.R. 1.99, C.I. 1.03-3.85); and the effect of cleaning the board regularly after preparing meat on it was not statistically significant (O.R. 1.20, C.I. 0.54-2.68). We know of no similar research that has been done anywhere, so we regard it as the best epidemiological evidence available to date that wooden cutting boards are not a hazard to human health, but plastic cutting boards may be. A recent study by The Danish Technological Institute and leading Swedish, German and Finnish research institutes, where they affirm; "Wood has superior anti-bacterial properties compared to boards of other materials."
Links to other scientific hygiene studies on end grain wood cutting boards.Source: http://www.kitchensource.com/kitchen-islands/pdf/woodvsplastic.pdf)
Cleaning your board:
Wash your board with a quality dish detergent and warm water after each use. You may rinse your board thoroughly but it is not advised to place under running water for an extended period of time. A mixture of vinegar and water can be used to sanitize your board or to rid more stubborn stains and odours. Applying salt to the surface, allowing to rest overnight and then washing with warm water and dish detergent will also sanitise your board as the salt absorbs the moisture and kills bacteria.
Your new end grain cutting board must acclimatize to its new environment. Apply mineral oil weekly for the first month. Once your board has acclimatized I recommend a monthly treatment of mineral oil to prevent the wood fibers from drying out. Be sure to cover all surfaces of the board; top, bottom and all sides. When required, I personally apply a liberal coating of mineral oil before bedtime and then just wipe away any remain oil with a clean dry cloth in the morning. Remember; keeping your board well-oiled is the key to a long life for the board and a hygienic board.