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What is the orange oil (or lemon oil) that is used for butcher blocks? Does it smell like oranges?

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  1. Orange oil comes from the rind of oranges. It is used in furniture polish and for termite control. I didn't know it was used in butcher block oil, but expect it would be only a small amount for its aroma.

    Boos "Mystery Oil" contains it:

    http://www.kegworks.com/john-boos-mys...

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    1. re: GH1618

      For the aroma was why I was interested in it. I love the smell of oranges, lemons and limes. Where do you get food safe orange oil? Years ago I made my own soap. I baught lemon and orange oils to put in the soap. Though safe for the skin, I don't know if it was considered food safe. It was also pretty expensive to smear all over a cutting board on a regular basis. I am guessing the mineral oil should be used as a carrier oil for the orange or lemon oil.

      1. re: dixiegal

        My understanding is that it is only safe in small quantities. You wouldn't want to put pure orange oil on your cutting board, unless it has termites in it. I would just get the Boos oil which contains it.

        http://vegetableoils.org/orange_oil/

        1. re: GH1618

          >You wouldn't want to put pure orange oil on your cutting board, unless it has termites in it<

          ROFL. No termites, so I am good there. Perhaps a little orange oil ever now and then for termite prevention would be good.
          Anyway, I will look into the Boos oil.

          1. re: dixiegal

            If you made your own board oil, I would think you could gey by with a very small amount, drops, mixed with bees wax and mineral oil. I would guess you could press orange rind and get as much as you would need for a butcher block. The bees wax also has a bit of an aroma as well.

    2. I would not want that taste in my food and I think it is not good for you. If you like the aroma, maybe you can put it on the side of the board where it wouldn't touch food and probably wouldn't travel too far.

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      1. re: escondido123

        >I would not want that taste in my food and I think it is not good for you<

        If it is real orange oil (as in only from orange peel) it should not be a problem, danger or taste bad(unless you don't like the flavor of orange) After all, we put orange zest in our cooking all the time for flavor. Injesting large amounts of pure orange oil would likely cause some problems. Using small amounts for flavoring is ok. I can remember my mom using it to flavor some candy she made. I also remember a little went a very long way.