Cheese board collectors, we know your fight: When you see your most useful board, and realize that it is no longer so partying. All beautiful surfaces are suddenly cut into a rough texture and suddenly it feels like it may leave debris in the food or hide some nasty bacteria in the cracks.
In terms of culture, our wooden platter has gained a lot of movement, so we have learned something about the care and retention of the beautiful chessboard. Catch up with spring cleaning and follow your tips to clean and protect your cheese board. So, when the appetiser hour is clicked, all you have to worry about is the good thing to load it.
Use hot water and a small amount of mild detergent, then gently ring with a soft sponge. For stubborn spots, you can skip the rubbing plate (it will only scratch the surface) and use the hard drive brush to select long strokes.
White vinegar is an ideal cheap disinfectant: make a 2:1 mixture of water and vinegar and spread on both sides. (For stronger substances, mix 2 tablespoons of bleach in 1 gallon of water.) Do not submerge the cardboard; just use the mixture, let stand for a few minutes, then rinse with water.
Your cheese may smell musty, but your card should not. Use 1 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water to make a thick paste and apply it all. Let it sit down and pour white vinegar on the plate to remove the mixture.
If you like lemon vinegar, use coarse salt (we like kosher) to rub the plate, then scrub the board with a thin slice of lemon and squeeze it slightly to release some juice. Let it sit and pull dirt, then rinse.
If there is one step you can't skip, that's this one. After washing and disinfecting, wipe the cardboard with a dry cloth or paper towel. You want wood to absorb as little moisture as possible to avoid cracking or warping.
Once your cardboard is clean and clean, wipe off both sides of the food grade mineral oil with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let it soak for at least a few hours, but it's best to overnight. Wipe excess before use.
This does not need to be completed every time the board is washed, but if you see many uses, aim once a month. This will keep the surface smooth and glossy and prevent water immersion.
If rough cardboard requires more love, use ultra-fine sandpaper to make the surface smooth. Use small circular movements to create new surfaces - but don't forget to clean and oil afterwards.
Always do it by hand
Do not put the cheese plate in the dishwasher. Intense heat and strong detergents can cause wood warping and cracking. For this reason, also avoid soaking the cardboard in water.
If possible, prepare cheese and cheese snacks and store raw meat on another cutting board. Porous wood absorbs blood and creates a breeding ground for bacteria and unpleasant odors. (If you must share the board, do not skip the disinfection steps above.)