Best Cutting Board Oil: Christophe Pourny, John Boos & 2 More

Best Cutting Board Oil: Christophe Pourny, John Boos & 2 More

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 6, 2015

Squeaky Edible Clean. Wooden kitchen tools and utensils as well as butcher blocks are priceless, but they can get really worn down and lifeless without regular cleaning and care. Cheaper butcher blocks (ie. IKEA) which I've had many of, particularly need constant refinishing to keep them looking fantastic (which they totally can - see this post here: How To Resurface Your Butcher Block Quickly and Well). I keep a bottle of food safe wood oil under my sink at all times and my go-to picks are below. However, I've just discovered this super premium and MUCH more natural wood oil above by furniture expert Christophe Pourny. Check it out and then head below. Got a suggestion? Comment away...

One Minute Tip: Oil Your Butcher Block

Want a super short tutorial?? Let me walk you through how I do it at home in this satisfying one minute tip. :)


(Image credit: John Boos)

When I need a quicker acting, bulk solution, I use this stuff. Boos Mystery Oil is a really nice mix of mineral oil, linseed oil, and orange oil that goes one easily and sinks in nicely, without leaving a greasy finish. I use this on bigger jobs, such as butcher block tables, but also on any raw wood finished that I want to protect. I've used it outdoors, for example, on wood countertops and tables that are protected from the weather but need love.


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I love this stuff, Bee's Oil from Holland Bowl Mill, and have written about it before in this post. Made out of pure beeswax and mineral oil, it has a lovely smell and a great way of sitting on the wood as you rub it in. It always makes me feel that the wood is getting a much deeper drink and a nicer clean than anything else. You can also buy it on Amazon here.


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I didn't know about this solution until recently. Our very own Carolyn Purnell tells us that the wonder oil, Coconut Oil, can do MANY things including moisturizing wood kitchen surfaces that we eat off of: "Once the wood is clean, use a soft cloth to rub in coconut oil. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then you can buff it off, as you would with any other conditioning oil."


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