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Forum topic by Walker posted 11-23-2018 02:21 AM 973 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2018 02:21 AM

Years ago my I made my first cutting board out of walnut and hickory. I know hickory is not good for this purpose, as it is very porous and can trap bacteria. Even worse, the cutting surface is face grain. I learned these things in progress, but wanted to try it anyway before moving on to expensive woods. As with my other boards and butcher blocks, I keep it clean and wax it.

It looked okay so we’ve been using it solely to serve bread. However, tonight my wife attempted making duck for dinner, and cut it on the hickory board. Now it is absolutely soaked with duck fat and blood. Is there anyway to fully clean it now? Soak it in vinegar maybe? Or is it best to throw it out. I’m worried it will harbor some unwanted bacteria inside the wood.

-- ~Walker


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#1 posted 11-23-2018 02:56 AM

https://news.ncsu.edu/2014/09/cutting-boards-food-safety/

Happy reading!

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#2 posted 11-23-2018 11:39 AM

in my very personal opinion ~ warm soapy water (Dawn Dish Soap)
and a stiff nylon brush will remove any fatty residue. (spray outside with the garden hose).
a final quick rinse of 50/50 bleach & water will get the germmies.
then air dry and do your surface treatment . . . . as Lightning suggested in his post,
common kitchen sanitation practices will help everyone stay healthy through the Holidays.
foodborne illness is nothing to take lightly.
[running a board through the dishwasher is not recommended].
and reiterate to the family that that board is for Dry Goods Only.
again – that is what I do = your culinary practices may vary.

how was the DUCK ???

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#3 posted 11-23-2018 12:13 PM

If it’s really horrible (and beat up from the years) you can also plane off a bit and start with a fresh surface. Cutting boards accumulate nicks and scratches over the years, and it’s nice to refresh them every once in a while.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 11-23-2018 01:20 PM

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#5 posted 11-23-2018 03:24 PM

^ Too funny!

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#6 posted 11-23-2018 04:42 PM

The people who are worried about wood being unsanitary for cutting meat should not look in a butcher shop or they will become vegetarians.

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#7 posted 11-25-2018 04:39 PM

Thanks fellas. I’m going to try all of the above. Plane off the surface and start fresh. Sanitize with ammonium. Stick to bread. I have no problem cutting meat on my other butcher block surfaces, but not this one.

The duck was ok, not great.

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#8 posted 11-26-2018 06:43 AM

I would wash it with soapy water, rinse, and let it dry. That is what I’ve been doing with wood cutting boards for decades. (well I have one that has gone through the dishwasher about 120 times but don’t tell anyone because wood isn’t supposed to survive that) I’ve been to many backyard bbq’s where the dude was using the same tongs for cooked and uncooked chicken and no one batted an eye but they will freak out over a wood cutting board. Go figure.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 11-26-2018 05:08 PM

Maybe I’m just in the dark about such things but I haven’t heard of mass numbers 19th century families dying of bacterial infections due to the use of wood as a cutting surface, even though modern plastics were not available. I’m guessing they took the time took cook their meat before eating it.

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#10 posted 11-27-2018 10:44 PM



Maybe I m just in the dark about such things but I haven t heard of mass numbers 19th century families dying of bacterial infections due to the use of wood as a cutting surface, even though modern plastics were not available. I m guessing they took the time took cook their meat before eating it.

- ArtMann

AGREE +2

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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