A well-known adage among chefs is, “You eat with your eyes first.” What this adage alludes to is the fact that foods that look appetizing often excite us.
Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.
However you use your board, maintaining a board is a quick and easy task that will keep your board sanitary, looking new and extend the life of your board.
Washing Your Board
Wash your board with soap and warm water and scrub well. The volume of water and mechanical scrubbing is more important than soap in flushing bacteria and other food particles off the board. After washing the board, dry immediately with a towel and let it air dry standing up or on a raised rack with air flow.
- DO NOT:
- Put the board in the dishwasher. The heat and water will warp and splinter the wood.
- Dunk or let the board in stand in water. The wood will absorb water and potentially warp.
- Use bleach. This will stain the wood and/or excessively dry the wood.
- Put a wet board flat to dry. If the board dries on one side, it will cause the wood to warp.
Pro tip: If your board has stains or smells, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar directly on the area. The acid in these liquids will neutralize the organic material or fats causing the problem.
Oil Your Board
Once your cutting board is thoroughly dry, apply mineral oil directly onto the surface of the board. (I use mineral oil because it is a safe, consumable oil that will not go rancid. Find it with the laxatives in your local pharmacy or larger grocery store!) Be generous with the oil, especially if the wood is dry or you just purchased the board. You want the surface to be dripping wet on all sides and I recommend using a small towel or new paint brush to spread the oil (try not to soak up the oil), as using your hands may lead to accidental splinters. Most importantly, let the oil soak into the board for as long as possible; at least a few hours or overnight if possible.
Let your board sit on a wire rack or upright to dry when done. If you are restoring or seasoning an old, dry or new cutting board, you may wish to repeat this process two more times, to ensure your cutting board is completely seasoned.
It’s time for Wood Butter!
To apply our Wood Butter, wait until the board is dry after washing or oiling, then apply a small amount of wood butter onto the board. Using a soft cloth, buff the wood butter into the board in a circular pattern, forming a thin coat. Repeat over the entire surface of the board and especially the sides. It’s not necessary to let the wood butter soak into the board. The wood butter will help preserve the board and fill in any nicks and knife cuts.
We recommended you oil your cutting board every month or when dry to the touch. Wood Butter should be applied at the same time as oiling.
If you follow these instructions your board should last you a very long time. Order refills of our Wood Butter anytime!