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This Unexpected Kitchen Appliance Can Clean Your Wooden Salad Bowls

Mixed greens sit in a wooden salad bowl.
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If you’ve got wooden salad bowls at home, you probably already know that they love to hold onto sticky residue. No matter how much you scrub, you just can’t seem to get it clean. Well, one of your kitchen appliances might just do the trick.

Your oven can get all of that leftover residue out of your wooden salad bowls. All you have to do is bake it. Now, before you stick your bowl in at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, there are some things you need to know. One of them is that you don’t bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wildone Baking Sheet & Rack Set

The baking sheet will prevent oils from falling into your oven.

First, you’ll need to move your oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat to 275 degrees. Using aluminum foil, line a baking sheet and set a wire rack inside. Turn your bowl upside down and place it on the wire rack, and then turn off your oven before sliding the sheet pan with the bowl into the oven.

As it sits, oils should begin to seep out of the bowl’s surface. Leave it in the oven for an hour or two allowing the oils to run off. When done, pull the bowl out, wipe it down, and reseason it with mineral oil.

Lipper International Cherry Finished Wavy Rim Serving Bowl

Need a new wooden salad bowl, try this one.

If you’ve been struggling with getting your salad bowls clean, your oven just might do the trick. While you’re busy cleaning your wooden salad bowls, why not check out this handy hack for cleaning the stuck-on grease and grime from your other dishes using a common first aid kit item.

[Via Cook’s Illustrated]

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