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Cutting Board Care Tips

Wooden kitchen items like cutting boards, salad bowls, and spoons come into contact with your food on a daily basis, so it makes sense to use food-safe products to clean them.

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Photography by: Mike Krautter

Christophe Pourny Studio Cutting Board Tonic is made with familiar kitchen staples –– white vinegar and rosemary oil –– and raw tung oil, a natural drying agent.

  • Apply Cutting Board Tonic with a nonfluffy fabric. “People can apply with a sponge, but we recommend T-shirt material,” Jobson says. 
  • Oil brand-new boards frequently to build up a layer of protection. Then oil wood when it starts to feel rough, about once per month: A good rule of thumb for new or damaged boards is once a week for a month, then once a month for a year.
  • Dry boards thoroughly after washing with hot water; wet boards can crack and harbor bacteria. The rosemary oil and vinegar in the Cutting Board Tonic help to sanitize wood surfaces.
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Photography by: Mike Krautter

A pump top makes for handy application in the kitchen. "It's unique because there's no mineral oil," says business partner Jason Jobson. "Mineral oil just seals, these oils sanitize and moisturize." 

Christophe Pourny Cutting Board Tonic, $22, American Made Marketplace

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About the Author

Christophe Pourny

Born and raised in Southern France, Christophe Pourny grew up in his parents' antiques store, where the love of furniture and artisanal techniques became second nature. Following an apprenticeship in Paris and exposure to a loyal clientele from San Francisco to St. Tropez, Christophe opened his own restoration studio in Brooklyn, NY, fifteen years ago. Specializing in French polish,...

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