Mineral oil for butcher block question
I baught my mineral oil for Rite Aid pharmacy to put on my end grain butcher block. After I had applied several coats all over the block, I noticed on the bottle that it said it contained the inactive ingredient D-Alpha Tocopheral (vitamin E) as a stableizer. Is this a problem for my board? Does all food grade mineral oil contain this?
I bought some of the mineral oil I used from Rite Aid as well, it's not a problem, your board will never know it's mineral oil has been stableized ;) Without looking at all the bottles I have, I'd assume all injestable mineral oil has a stableizer in it (for shelf life) and that they all use the same thing. Keep in mind, the mineral oil you purchase in the pharmacy section is intended for injestion so you really shouldn't have any wories about the small amounts that might contact your food.
I didn't think mineral oil could go bad. After all it is a petroleum product.
Anyway, I wasn't worried about it being food safe as much as I was worried about it being bad for the wood or something. (I take vitamin e and use it on my skin, so I know it is ok for that)
Ever since I put olive oil on my wood bowls years ago, I am very cautious about maintaining wood for food use. That olive oil made a rancid, sticky, gooey mess of my bowls.
I was finaly able, with much washing and scrubbing with coarse kosher salt, and even used some white vinegar, to clean it off. But it took a lot of repeated washing and scrubbing over many days to get it somewhat ok.
Thanks, that makes me feel better. I guess everybody needs a stabilized cutting board :o)