“Is that enough?” Beluga asks.
“I think so.”
“I think it’s not enough,” he decides, then drizzles more mineral oil over top our carving board.
Mingus clarifies for his little brother, “You only need a thin layer!”
The boys’ hands are covered in oil and they slather it across every wooden board and spoon in the kitchen. I deliver, from our drawers and cabinets, parched bowls, two reamers, a rice paddle, a rolling pin, chopsticks and other wooden odds and ends. I tell them, “We’re bringing the wood back to life.”
“It was white and now it is yellow. It’s a whole other color!” remarks Mingus.
As the oil soaks in, they spread more on top and buff all the nooks and crannies with their fingers. Twenty minutes later, their handiwork is piled up. Beluga looks at the stack and asks, “Does the oil really keep it alive!?!”
“No…” oh, language is tricky. But, I do feel good telling him that if we take good care of our wood, it won’t warp or crack and we won’t have to cut down more trees.
The whole process is messy and clean, all at the same time. It’s a great family activity. And there’s really no wrong way to oil a cutting board. Clean it. Dry it. Oil it. And then let it sit overnight before using again. If you go and read professional advice, they’ll say to oil a new cutting board every day for a week and then once a month after that. In our house, when the kids want to get out the mineral oil, we get out the mineral oil:)