Apply Mineral Oil or a Wax Finish to your utility items frequently. Lightly sand when necessary.
Natural wood boards may warp very slightly due to temperature changes and storage conditions. Rubber feet can be used to increase/provide stability
Charcuterie / Cutting / Serving Boards
- Proper care will ensure that your board has a long life and retains its lustre.
- After use, gently wash the board with warm, soapy water and dry with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel. Stand upright until completely dry. If your board has recesses such as finger grips, ensure that the upright board is positioned to dry, so that water runs out of the recesses.
- Do not soak the board in water or place in a dishwasher
- After the board is dry, wipe it with Food Grade Mineral Oil – available at drugstores; and follow if desired, with a light coat of salad bowl or butcher block finish such as Howard Butcher Block Conditioner (howardproducts.com) available at Home Depot or Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish(claphams.com) available at Lee Valley Tools (leevalley.com) or Busy Bee Tools (busybeetools.com)
- Should your wooden cutting board retain the scent of food or stain, sprinkle it with salt and rub it down with a slice of lemon. Baking Soda may also be used.
- If your board has been accidentally soaked in water, or not drained adequately, wood fibres may be evident. In this case, gently sand the board with a piece of 220 grit sand paper prior to applying the mineral oil or wax finish
- Cutting boards should be treated with mineral oil 2 to 3 times per month, depending on amount of use
Salad & Serving Bowls
- For bowls used for wet servings follow similar procedures as with cutting boards.
- For dry servings, dust bowl with a clean paper towel or cloth. To restore lustre wipe with mineral oil.
Pepper Mills / Decorative Items
- Treat as needed similar to bowls used for dry servings. If there is kitchen residue stuck to your peppermill, lightly sand (along the grain/lenghtways) with 320 grit sandpaper and apply a wax finish.
- Do not wait for the peppercorns to run out before topping up your peppermill. The grinder teeth will grind against each other and wear out
Store all natural wood in an ambient temperature , normal humidity to prevent excessive warping, expansion and contraction.