Oh, how we love the versatility of wooden boards! Share your love by gifting these wonderful boards as housewarming and Christmas gifts. So what exactly do we like about them?
Depending on where you are from, the kind of wooden boards that are available varies with the common tree species found in your region. They are generally made with off-cuts from solid wood, but they can also come in beautifully crafted end-grain boards, where you get the colours and textures of a medley of end-grain cuts of wood varieties put together. These boards come in all shapes, sizes and thickness, which is great for different uses. Choose the style and look that suits your needs.
Every home should have at least one wooden board because they are one of the most functional tool you can have in the kitchen. They are perfect for cutting on, they work well as coasters for hot foods or as chic serving plates for cheese, cold cuts or dried fruits. We love the look and feel of wooden boards over plastic ones. They give a sense of homeliness and warmth to the place and are complementary to any type of home styles.
Besides, wooden boards are safer from contamination than plastic boards, and they are so easy to care for. Just use a mild detergent with warm water for daily washing. If you have to cut raw meats on them, use a bit of vinegar and water to get rid of bacteria. Try to keep separate boards for use on raw meats, fresh fruits and serving platters to make maintenance of the boards a little easier.
To prevent warping and cracks on the wooden boards in more humid climate, oil them once every 4-6 months or so with mineral oil or combine it with a little beeswax. Start with a clean and dry board. Clean them with some fresh lemon juice and salt, wipe off with a damp cloth, leave it to dry out, then apply a thin layer of mineral oil evenly over the surface with a soft cloth. Leave it overnight and remove excess oil the following morning. Voila! The board is well cleaned and ready for use again.
Never soak any wooden boards in water as this will cause them to crack. Wooden boards that have become deeply scored from knife marks should be re-sanded and refinished to prevent bacteria build up. The advantage is that you will get a new looking board too!
Over time, these boards do age well, they grow with you and on you.