Care and Maintenance of Wood Salad Bowls and Cutting Boards
Salad Bowl Care
After months and years of use, oily salad dressings can leave your wooden salad bowl with a tacky, smelly residue. Here is how to clean and restore it to its original condition.
To Remove Residue Buildup:
Set your oven to 250 degrees and put you rack on the middle position. Put a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Place the bowl upside down on the baking sheet and put it in the oven. Now turn the oven off ( do not forget this step ). Fairly quickly the oil will start to bead on the surface of the wood. After 1-2 hours, the oil will run off the bowl onto the baking sheet. After the bowl looks to be dry, remove it from the oven and wipe down the bowl with a paper towel to remove any residue. If it is still stick, repeat the process
Whenever your salad bowl becomes dry or dull, it needs to be re-seasoned. Simply use a paper towel to liberally apply mineral oil to all surfaces of bowl. This won’t turn rancid like the oils in your dressings. Now let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe away residue with clean paper towel.
To Clean and Maintain:
Use mild soap and warm water to clean your seasoned wood salad bowl. Always dry bowl completely after cleaning. Never ever put your wood salad bowl in dishwasher or let it soak in water, as it will warp and crack.