Rachael *loves* butcher block (you know, heavy-duty wood used for chopping blocks, tabletops and cutting boards). In fact, her kitchen countertops — both at home and on our show — are made entirely of butcher block. This way, she can cut anywhere on it and do all of her other prep work directly on the counter, too. (Get a closer look at Rachael's home kitchen here.)
She also has "an enormous collection of wood cutting boards," which she uses as serving platters in her home. "I have every shape and size just for service," Rachael says.
With all that wood, what does she use to clean her cutting boards and keep her kitchen counter in tip-top shape?
Four ingredients, Rach says: Salt, water, lemon juice and mineral cutting board oil.
"Salt brings up all the color if you're chopping parsley or a ton of herbs. The lemon juice, of course, counteracts the smell of garlic and onions, things like that," Rach explains. "But you have to keep it oiled. Rub it down just with a little bit, like moisturizer for your face. Just keep a little bit of moisture in the wood."