How to Season a New Breadboard

by Nikki Jardin

Items you will need

  • Food grade mineral oil
  • Cloth towel

Purchasing a new quality piece of equipment for your home kitchen means adding a new tool to your kit, and you’ll want to take care of it to make it last. You can use breadboards for slicing and presenting breads. Although they don’t always get the same kind of daily use as a cutting board, breadboards require some initial care in order to keep them in good shape. It’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer for its recommendations for seasoning the wood before beginning any treatment.

Step 1

Apply 1 tbsp. of food grade mineral oil to the breadboard, and begin working it into the wood, in the direction of the wood grain, with a cloth towel. Do not use vegetable oils, as they will eventually turn rancid and ruin your board.

Step 2

Work the oil into the entire surface. Use a little more oil, a teaspoon at a time after the initial application, until the wood can no longer absorb any more. Wipe off any excess oil with the towel.

Step 3

Wait four to six hours, and apply a second coat of oil. The oil coat will act as a barrier against food particles and bacteria from getting into the wood, so you will want to apply three to five coats depending on the thickness of the board.

Step 4

Allow the board to rest for four to six hours before using.

About the Author

Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.