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John Boos MYSB Mystery Butcher Block Oil, 16 ounces

4.7 out of 5 stars 776 customer reviews
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  • Safe to use to maintain and preserve wood food preparation surfaces including: cutting boards, butcher blocks, counter tops and utensils
  • Made in the USA
  • Large 32 ounce capacity
  • John Boos recommends oiling cutting boards or butcher blocks every 3-4 weeks to prevent wood from drying, splitting or cracking
  • Simple to use: spread evenly over desired surface, wait five minutes, then wipe off excess

Product Specifications
Color Oil
EAN 0778295109882
Is Assembly Required N
Material Type Not Applicable
Number of Sets 2
Part Number MYS
Size 16 ounces
UPC 662969000110 , 778295109882
Volume 16  ounces
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Product Description

Size: 16 ounces

Keep your wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks in prime condition with John Boos Mystery Oil. Applied every three to four weeks, John Boos Mystery Oil prevents wood from drying, splitting, or cracking. Mystery Oil is safe for food preparation surfaces and can also be used to maintain wood countertops and wooden kitchen tools. To use, squeeze oil onto the board or utensil. Spread evenly over the entire surface with a cloth or paper towel. Allow to rest for five minutes, then wipe off any excess oil. Large 32 ounce capacity is ideal for frequent use and in commercial and restaurant settings.

Product Details

Size: 16 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00063QPYQ
  • Item model number: MYSB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 776 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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By Warren Farmer on September 24, 2009
Size: 16 ounces Verified Purchase
Boos Mystery Oil is not just typical food safe mineral oil. I have butcher block counter tops and the Mystery Oil helps keep them from drying and cracking and over time gives a warm shine to the butcher block. I purchased the recommended treatment for my counter tops and it was a mess, the Mystery Oil is far better. The best accidental discovery that I found is that Mystery Oil makes my stainless steel appliances look like factory new. I discovered this my first time out when I spilled some on my stainless steel cook top and went to wipe it up. The streaks from the cleaner and all finger prints just disappeared and the stove took on a deep rich shine. All you have to do is put a few drops on a paper towel and start polishing. Don't get it too thick or you just wind up wiping up way more oil than is necessary. Experiment with this a little. I use it on my fridge, dishwasher, ovens, everything to polish stainless. You do need to clean your stainless with Windex or other cleaner first to get any soiling off, then follow up with a light polish of mystery oil. You will be amazed at how beautiful your stainless will be. One word of warning however, it does cause a little dust to cling to flat surfaces, so you may have to give it one more wipe down the next day to clean any excess.
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I bought this oil and the paste for restoring some wooden plates my parents bought 60 years ago while stationed in Puerto Rico. After reading so many comments pro and con I went to their website and read their care instructions. The oil is to be used as a first step. The website refers to it as the "shampoo" to clean and restore the moisture but should be followed by the paste as a "sealer". Nowhere on their website is tung oil listed, I have used tung oil in the past to seal wood for outside use as that was the original primary use - naval ships. Back to the mystery oil, I could not really detect any orange scent but the linseed smell was extremely mild. Several of the boards were very bleached looking before the treatment and after their first treatment I did not see any orange tint to them but they have had only one treatment. Due to their extreme dryness it took several coats of the oil before the boards stopped drinking the oil like sponges. The cream gave the boards a nice hand not oily but smooth. I would recommend this product highly but suggest that you also get the cream just as the website recommends. I am attaching a before and after photo of one of the boards for your viewing.
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First let me say that this product arrived to my home faster then I expected, especially since it was right before Christmas. The product itself is great. I had just purchased a new, very expensive wooden cutting board and I wanted to be sure to protect it. Someone at the store where I bought the board suggested that I get a "food grade mineral oil". I really had no idea about this type of product but once I started searching the web for info, I found that it is the best thing to use to keep your wooden boards like new for years. I was unable to locate any of this oil at the stores that I go to normally so I turned to my tried and true friend, Amazon.com Sure enough, they had this product. Once I began using it, I could tell right away what a difference it made in how my new cutting board looked. I typically use my board every day and have been using the oil once a week. The board has stayed "fresh" looking with no lasting cut marks and no water damage after wash ups.
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The John Boos website says Mystery Oil is formulated from "...a mixture Of mineral oil, linseed oil & orange oil." I have no reason to doubt the statement. I can say it certainly isn't just food-grade mineral oil; I've used mineral oil alone on chopping blocks for 40 years. Mystery Oil is thinner, penetrates better, is less messy to apply and cleanup, leaves minimal oily residue, and looks great, with less yellowing than I'm used to seeing with mineral oil alone. I wish I'd discovered it decades ago. Like everyone else, I wish it was less expensive. I'm not sure I'd bother using it on a $20 cutting board made in China or Indonesia. Which leads me to observe that John Boos is an American company, in business in the same town in Illinois for 120 years. Explore their website. It's clear they're proud of what they make, and put quality and long-term value ahead of price. Frankly, I'm happy they're still here to remind me that price isn't everything.
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The only things really wrong with this are the suggestion that wood oils are a mystery and the price of this item. The oil is certainly fine stuff if you don't mind the price. Both Joyce Chen Bamboo Wood Oil, 8 Ounces and Snow River Wood Oil are a lower priced when you consider that they are available with free super saver shipping. Wood and bamboo oils are simply food grade mineral oils. You should use a wood oil in your kitchen instead of vegetable oil because mineral oil does not break down or become rancid. Wood oil gives sheen and water and stain resistance to wood items such as butcher block, cutting boards, pizza peels and wooden salad bowls. You can use wood oil to darken and restore the appearance of faded wooden knife handles or dried out wood cutting boards. Wood oil is a must have for any kitchen with wood items.

I actually use mineral oil laxative on my wood kitchen items ($2 for 16 oz. at many drug stores) which is the same thing. Clearly the laxative bottle is less than aesthetically pleasing and is embarassing to leave around the kitchen. My wife keeps hiding the bottle in fact. But No it won't have a laxative effect if you use it on your cutting boards or knife handles.
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