I’m sure it comes as no surprise that your cutting boards not only need to be cleaned and sanitized but some also need to be oiled. We sell a couple of different cutting boards on the site and it’s important to understand which need a little more TLC outside of water and dish soap. Let’s take a look!
Bamboo Cutting Boards
Our most high maintenance boards are our Camp Chef Bamboo Cutting Boards. They are quality pieces, offer useful features, and come in two sizes. The 14-inch Bamboo Cutting Board is a great household option, but also fits on Camp Chef’s Sidekick (for pellet grills) and Camp Chef’s Pro X Series shelves (for stoves.) The 26-inch Bamboo Cutting Board is a griller’s fave. It’s perfect for seasoning and slicing large cuts or quantities of meat.
Bamboo cutting boards call for a similar seasoning process as cast iron. They need to oiled to be well-preserved. The oil soaks into the pores of the bamboo hydrating the board while keeping excess moisture, like water, out. Camp Chef recommends oiling about once a month.
- Immediately after use, hand wash and dry your board with warm water and mild dish soap. Make sure to get into the juice grooved edges. (Never soak or place in a dishwasher. This can warp and crack your board.)
- Dry vertically.
- Once completely dried. WARM a ½ cup (26-inch board) or ¼ cup (14-inch board) of food-grade mineral oil in a saucepan. (Never use cooking oils.)
- Pour the oil onto your cutting board and rub in a circular motion with a clean cloth. Be sure to oil all sides of your cutting board.
Pros: Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable wood/grass source. It’s also gentler on knives than many other traditional wood boards.
Cons: A little more time and maintenance goes into the cleaning. Some also find the 26-inch board to be a little large to handle.
Portable/Camp Cutting Board
There are a couple of utensil sets that include a mini cutting board of sorts. These guys don’t need nearly as much attention as the bamboo ones from above. The 6-Piece Griddle Tool Set comes with a flexible cutting board, while the 9-Piece Knife Set comes with a small plastic cutting board. Both sets are geared towards users who are in the field or at the campsite, so cleaning can be a direct reflection of that.
- Wipe/scrape clean of any large food debris.
- Wash with warm soapy water after use. Remember to clean both sides.
- Dry completely with a towel or sunlight before storing it away.
- If you’re in the field/campsite and have no soap on hand. Wash with a water source and dry by the sunlight. We suggest that once you get back to a more modern home base to rewash/sanitize your items before stowing away.
Pros: Both boards are easy and low maintenance to clean. They come included in select tool sets.
Cons: Not heavy duty and not suitable for large cooks.