Fading cutting board after first use?

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Forum topic by eddit posted 10-20-2018 02:19 AM 741 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2018 02:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board fading walnut

My first cutting boards (bear with me), 3 coats of Boos mineral oil (overnight between coats) and then two coats of Boos board cream (overnight between coats), and then waited a week before using.

First use was a hot steak, 5-10 minutes off the grill (probably not the best “first run” idea, but I was excited, and hey… it’s steak) and noticed this fading once I wiped it down with warm water. I assume it’s just that top new layer of wax coming off. Is this expected/normal? Or did I do something wrong?

A water test doesn’t show any absorption, most just concerned cuz I plan on making a bunch for Christmas gifts so want to make sure I did it right, and I can say “ya, the fading is normal, just rub some board cream on it” when family and friends have similar experiences.

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#1 posted 10-20-2018 03:08 AM

I think the lesson here is don’t bother making your cutting boards so pretty.
Unless it’s just for decor.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 10-20-2018 03:17 AM

I have to agree with Aj, cutting boards are going to take all sorts of abuse, and they’re going to look rough in no time. Boos does tell you to use there cream on a regular basis, so no harm seeing if it helps, but in the end, it’s a cutting board.

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#3 posted 10-20-2018 03:25 AM

My thinking is when you put that very hot steak on the board, it pulled out all the oil from that section of the board.
I use mineral oil from Walmart. I soak my boards in warm oil for about 30 min and let it sit overnight to dry. The next day, I apply heated mineral oil mixed with bees wax 50/50. Let it sit for a few hours and wipe the board off and it’s ready to go.
I only make end grain boards and this process works well for me. I have probably sold over 100 boards and have never had anyone call to complain.
I did have a woman come back and buy another board to replace the one I sold her a year ago, because her husband put the board in the dish washer and destroyed it. She was real pissed at him. Now he isn’t allowed in the kitchen.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#4 posted 10-20-2018 11:55 AM

#1 ~ steaks should go to a plate then to the table. not sitting on a board. #2 ~ you are really going to freak out when someone gouges it with a knife.
thunk down a slab of BBQ ribs on that board and the finish will equalize out.

all in all, very nicely done on the design, fabrication, choice of wood and finish ! ! ! !



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#5 posted 10-20-2018 12:06 PM

Thanks for the input fellas, I figured it was normal, but wanted some experienced opinions.

@john smith your #2 point is down right terrifying :)

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