Hey! Would you maybe be able to put up a how-to on caring for all these gorgeous products you're turning out for the kitchen? I'm pretty much drooling over the cutting board, spatulas, and cheese knife, but have never totally figured out how to take great care of products like that that need to be cleaned regularly. Thank you!
So, here's our take on how to keep wood looking awesome.
Wood is an amazing material. Under the right conditions, it can last nearly forever, much longer than a single human life. Furthermore, there's only one condition that wood needs to last:
Wood needs to stay dry.
The short version of this post is simple: coat your wooden kitchenware in mineral oil or butcher block conditioner every few months to keep it looking great and to keep it in its best shape. For more in-depth info and 3 easy steps to keep your wood looking fresh, keep reading.
In most applications, wood gets finished with a sealer that helps keep out water---for example, our beer flights (pictured above) were finished with a thick coat of an oil/urethane product, so that they can withstand a lot of beer spills.
With that kind of wood furniture---pieces that never touch food---you only need to wipe up liquids that spill on them. You shouldn't need to refinish them except in rare cases (shellac, for example, will be marred by alcohol, so a spilled vodka soda could result in a cloudy mark that needs to be buffed out and refinished).
So kitchenware needs to have a sealer that can keep water out as much as possible, while still being safe for consumption. The traditional sealer for cutting boards and other wooden kitchenware is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. You can either make your own, or you can buy it pre-made. In a pinch, you can use mineral oil, which is sold as a laxative at most pharmacies (yum).
Here's 3 handy steps to keeping your wooden kitchenware safe and happy:
1. Do not put wood in the dishwasher. It only blasts water deep into the pores of the wood.
2. Instead, wash the wood by hand with soap and water, wipe it with a towel, and then let it air dry. If possible, hang it up or lay it on a drying rack. Ideally, you want all sides of the wood to be exposed to the air at the same time.
3. Keep your kitchenware saturated with conditioner. When the wood is well-saturated with conditioner, it should look dark and slightly wet, but should feel dry. When it begins to look lighter and totally dried out, you need to recoat. Leave it out to air dry overnight, then wipe on a thick layer of conditioner, leave it for a half hour or so, and then wipe off the excess. You shouldn't have to do this very frequently - every few months to a year should be plenty.
It's as easy as that.
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