Friday, November 29, 2013

How to Love your Wood

The holiday season is officially here and it can be easy to forget about the items in your kitchen that are doing all the work! 

From your wooden salad bowl to the cheese and charcuterie boards to your all-purpose cutting boards - they need your love too. Follow these simple rules year round to ensure you get the best look and life from your favorite wooden pieces. 

First things first. Invest in a good quality mineral oil. I love Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.'s Cutting Board Oil. It is made from a blend of white mineral oil, cold pressed essential oil, and bee propolis. It is perfect for all things wood as well as stone surfaces like slate, marble, and soapstone. You can find this oil at Williams-Sonoma or West Elm or by clicking the link above. 

photo credit: Seth Smoot 
Once you have the oil you must commit to using it once a month to season each wood item. Massage the oil into the wood surface with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood grain until the wood will not absorb anymore. Wipe away any excess oil and let air dry. 

For day-to-day care wash with soap and warm water and always let air dry in an open area where the wood can completely dry out (otherwise it will become a breeding ground for bacteria that love moist surfaces). 

Looking to invest or gift some wood this year? Here are some of my favorite pieces:

1. Cherry Wood Bowl - Peterman's Boards & Bowls 
2. American Black Walnut Cutting Board - Jose Regueiro
3. Maple Cutting Board - Edward Wohl Woodworking & Design
4.  Custom Cutting Board - Don Hollenbeck Wood

Happy Black Friday! 

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