Your cutting board needs the best, which is why you should know how to use beeswax on wood cutting board.
The finish you choose for your project makes or breaks it, and this choice is especially important for a cutting board.
If you didn’t choose a finish that ensures that it lasts long, then you have to buy a new one after a short time.
Of all the techniques that people use to finish their cutting boards, beeswax is by far the best. So, let’s read how to use this natural substance for your wooden cutting board.
Is Beeswax Good for Cutting Boards?
Food-grade beeswax is good for cutting boards because it is natural and food-safe, which are two qualities you cannot find in other board finishes.
Apart from this, beeswax also has other benefits, such as:
- It is easy to keep applying.
- Beeswax gives you a smooth and shiny finish on the wood.
- It repairs small scratches that happen while you use your board.
Food-grade beeswax must be kept away from heat because it can melt off the board. Sometimes, you’d see white and yellow beeswax on the store shelf.
Worry not; these are the same things! The processes that they go through are different, though, hence the different colors.
(beeswax on board)
While both kinds of beeswax are good to use, yellow is the purer one because of the different processes.
Both must be gotten from a trusted manufacturer that makes sure that it is food-safe.
Beeswax is food-safe in its natural form, but it may contain chemicals when it goes through the processes. This is why it is important to look for the food-safe label.
Your food cannot be in contact with something that has chemicals, as it will make you and your family sick.
(wood cutting board)
How Do You Use Beeswax on a Cutting Board?
Using beeswax on your cutting board is straightforward because beeswax is easy to use and reapply when you need to. It makes seasoning easy, too!
Here are the easy steps to putting beeswax on your wooden cutting board:
- Mix 2 to 4 parts of food-safe mineral oil with 1 part of beeswax, and mix this on the stove. You can do this with beeswax alone, but adding mineral oil is beneficial for your board, as it makes sure your board won’t get dry.
- Stir the mixture together properly and make sure that there are no clumps or sticking to the pot.
- When the beeswax is completely melted and combined with the mineral oil, you can put it in a container and leave it to dry. You would have to wait about 2 hours, depending on how the weather is.
- When the mixture is super hard, then you can take some with a clean cloth and start rubbing it on the board.
- When you cover the board and are happy with the amount you used, leave it overnight. The wax will harden on the board to make a nice layer that conditions it for a long time.
If you’re wondering where to get beeswax from, you can easily buy it from the store or look on Amazon.
(applying beeswax to the wooden board)
How to Clean a Countertop or Cutting Board Finished with Mineral Oil and Beeswax
Use a soft cloth with gentle dish soap and wipe the countertop or cutting board to get rid of any food particles or general dirt. Afterward, wipe with a clean cloth dipped in cold water, and remember, you have to reapply the mineral oil or beeswax, as some layers would have been washed away.
(fresh honey on the wooden countertop)
It is pretty simple to use beeswax on your wooden cutting board, or on any wooden surface for that matter!
If you don’t have the time, you can get the one from the store where you don’t have to melt on the stove or anything like that.
You can just apply this straight to your clean board.