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Episode 504: Brazil Nut
Good Wood
Big Bowls for Lots of Food!
Those of us concerned with the environment should be encouraged to think about ways of protecting the wooden pieces we already own. When introducing a new cutting board, salad bowl or service piece, you may want to think about curing it before use. With these easy to follow steps you may end up saving an entire rainforest!


  • lemon oil
  • cheesecloth
  • any wooden piece (bowl, board, cutting board, etc.)


Dip a piece of cheesecloth into essential oil (lemon oil works very well). Next, rub the cloth into your wooden product in the direction of the grain.

Repeat each time you use your wooden piece, and it will no longer crack, split, or warp.

As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."