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cleaning a wood cutting board after making bread

I have my first loaf of bread ever in the oven (the Lahey-Bittman No Knead, of course). Now I have a gunky, floury wood cutting board. What's the best way to clean and store, so the wood doesn't split?

Also, what about the poor towel that has half the dough still stuck to it?

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  1. I like to use a stiff bench http://www.amnow.com/kitchenSupplies/... knife to clean a gummy cutting board. You can make a board cleaner with the stiff plastic of a 5 gallon bucket, or they are available at most markets.


    The cloth is best cleaned in hot soapy water(bleach if needed)with other kitchen towels.

    1. I was worried about laundering my towel too, all covered in dried dough and looking rather gross. I figured, eh, what the hell, and threw it into the washer on hot with some other stuff I didn't care too much about (just in case). Everything came out fine, clean, and doughy-bits free. I was happily surprised.

      1. Scrape it with a bench knife, then scrub with hot, soapy water and a stiff plastic brush.

        1. I used a Silpat Mat instead of the towel, making both placement of the dough in the pot and cleanup a snap. And I covered the dough (for 2nd rise) with a loose layer of plastic wrap, then a towel.

          AJ

          1. Air drying is probably best for both. Let the board get good and dry, and the remaining dough should scrape off easily. For the towel, I'd let that dry as well, and then take it outside and flap it. That should get most of the bigger stuff off.

            For the future, prevention is best. Flour the board better, and the towel.

            1. I use baking soda and water to clean my board from stains and oil it with chopping block oil every once in a while to keep it from getting "thirsty."

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              1. re: MSK

                MSK, You can get the same "chopping block oil" at any drugstore for probably 10% of what you paid for it at a kitchenware store. Ask the pharmacist or a clerk for mineral oil. It's the same as the "CBO" they sold you, and will probably cost less than $1.00.

                1. re: Kelli2006

                  Once you've oiled it, how long until it's ready for action?

              2. Sarah McC, I usually oil the board at night, and then use you would be free to use it in the morning. You could probably do it in a few hours, if you are in a hurry. Mineral oil is made to be taken internally, so there is not danger.

                I apply the oil liberally(1-2 Tbs) and rub it in with the grain, let it set for a few minutes then wipe off the excess with a paper towel.

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                1. re: Kelli2006

                  This is all good advice.

                  I just mentioned the Butcher Block oil to make sure no one used olive or other vegitable oil that would go rancid after a while.

                2. Great. Now if I can just get over the trauma that was 3 failed loaves of Lahey-Bittman bread...

                  1. Why is a towel called for?