Maintaining a clean and sanitary butchers block is essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of this cherished kitchen tool. Here’s how I keep mine spotless! First, gather your supplies: a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, mild dish soap, white vinegar, and food-grade mineral oil. Start by wiping down the block with a damp sponge or cloth to remove any loose debris. For stubborn stains, create a mixture of warm water and dish soap, and gently scrub the affected areas. Remember to rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any soap residue. Now, let’s tackle any lingering odors. Dampen a cloth with white vinegar, and rub it all over the block’s surface. Vinegar naturally disinfects and neutralizes odors. Afterward, rinse the block again with warm water. Finally, it’s time to moisturize the butcher’s block with food-grade mineral oil. Apply a generous amount and let it sit for at least four hours or overnight. This step will help prevent the wood from drying out and cracking. With these simple steps, your butcher’s block will stay clean, fresh, and ready for all your culinary adventures.
Clean the butcher’s block with warm soapy water and a sponge. Scrub any stains or dried-on food particles.
Rinse the butcher’s block thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
Sanitize the butcher’s block by mixing a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Apply the solution to the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Allow the butcher’s block to air dry completely before using it again.
Regularly apply food-grade mineral oil to the butcher’s block to keep it moisturized and prevent cracking.