Unlike many plant-based oils, FCO (fractionated coconut oil) has a stable shelf life and it won’t go rancid. Plus it’s nut-free for those who can’t use the often-recommended walnut, almond, tung, or flaxseed oils. Rubbing fractionated coconut oil onto our bamboo plates and cutting boards will keep them nicely protected and you won’t have any problems with unwanted coconut flavor or smell.
Depending on how often you use your plates, you should also give them an oiling to help maintain their surface and keep them from drying out. In our house, this happens about once a month but I know some people who do it once or twice a year and others on a weekly basis.Before you start, be sure your plates are very clean. I like to give them a scrub with lemon and salt. The plates should also be dry before oiling, so be sure to build that into your timing. The oil should be left to soak in as long as possible, too. Try to apply the oil in the evening before bed and then just give them a quick wipe the next morning to take off any excess oil.
- Be sure your plates are as clean as possible and thoroughly dry.
- Using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, apply the oil in an even layer over the bamboo.
- Leave the oil to soak in, overnight if possible, or for at least a few hours.
- Remove the excess. If the plates feel oily or sticky, buff off any remaining oil with a clean dry cloth or paper towel.