Good Questions: Split Cutting Boards?

Good Questions: Split Cutting Boards?

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 28, 2005

Hello AT,

Call me a dumby, but I can't seem to figure out why every cutting board I have splits over time. I clean them and dry them regularly, but they always end up opening up on the ends after a few months. How can I stop this?

Thanks, Johnny Rooster

We have the same problem occasionally and we suspect that it has to do with properly oiling the wood. We did a little research here and read this:

Apply mineral oil before using. On end grain you need a lot of oil-it really soaks in. Rub a generous coat on both sides and let soak in overnight, then buff off the excess.

This is more than we usually do and suspect that it will keep the end grain together. (Thanks, J Rooster!) MGR

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