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How to Take Care of Your Custom Made Wood Cutting Board

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Taking care of a wooden cutting board is very easy. First thing you should know is that wood is a natural fighter of bacteria. Bacteria does not live on wood surfaces. But what wood does not get rid of is odor and stain. Here are the steps you need to take in order to care for, maintain and have your cutting board lasts for many years to come.

1. Wash it with soap and warm water. Wipe excess water on the board and prop it against your backsplash or wall to let it dry naturally.

2. If there are signs of stains, cut a lemon in half and take some coarse salt. Sprinkle the salt over the stained area and take the 1/2 lemon wedge and scrub thoroughly. After the stain had been lifted, do step #1.

3. Use mineral oil about once a week. Maintain your cutting board like you are taking care of your skin when it is dry – applying lotion on it. Mineral oil your board when you start seeing it looking dry. This particular step would help maintain your cutting board for the future.

4. Do not place your board in the dish washer. It can unnecessarily dry your board rapidly and can warp or crack.

5. Do not use bleach on your cutting board especially if it has colors. Bleach will lift the natural colors and cannot come back.

How to Clean and Care for Your Wooden Cutting Board

No kitchen can do without an awesome cutting board … a wooden cutting board to boot.  Ok … now that you have a wooden cutting board, how do you care for it?  Lots of advice out there.  If you take it all in, it just may confuse you.  However, there are common themes to most advices on what to do in order to care and clean for your wooden cutting board.  Let me help you summarize that up.

Cleaning your wooden cutting board

Cleaning your wooden cutting board

1.  First, do not ever ever ever wash your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher.  Two biggest enemies of any wood is heat and water.  Heat dries up the wood causing it to potentially split and therefore create bacteria in the cracks of the wood.  Water can be excessive and soak into the wood.  Once water stays in the wood, mold can form and grow.  Any wood must dry thoroughly from any washing.  Do not submerge the board in water and leave it there.

2.  So what to do?  Simply wash your wooden cutting board in soap and water.  Wipe off the excess water from the wooden cutting board and prop it up against your backsplash and let it dry naturally.  Wood is a natural fighter of bacteria.  Bacteria that stays on the surface eventually gets killed off by the wood itself.  Check out this UC Davis article from Dr. Dean O. Cliver PhD who performed an experiment on signs of bacteria between wood vs plastic cutting boards.  Wood prevailed.

Sanding wooden cutting board

Sanding wooden cutting board

3.  When the cutting board looks a bit dry, add mineral oil liberally throughout the board and let it sit overnight.  Stand the board on the end or prop it up.  Re-oiling the board if it looks as if the board is still thirsty.   Trust me.  It is like lotion to your skin.  Oiling your cutting board helps it from drying and splitting in the process.  Where do you get mineral oil?  You can buy expensive wood oil (if you like), but the drug store mineral oil would do just fine.  Should you use olive oil or walnut oil?  I recommend not to.  Any food base oil can seep through the wood and stay inside the wood causing it to potentially rot and mold.

4.  What happens when it starts to show signs of wear … knife marks, fuzzy look.  Easy fix.  Take a fine 320-grit sandpaper and lightly sand your cutting board until it becomes smooth.  After sanding it, apply mineral oil once again to bring the board back to life.

5.  What to do with strong odors like onions, garlic or other strong scented foods on your board?  Use baking soda.  It works.

That’s it!  Easy!

A Kitchen Charm – Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

It goes without saying.  What a decor piece it is when it is a custom engraved cutting board. And not just any personalized board, but one that is specific to you and your family.  But let’s not take away it’s functionality.  It is still a cutting board – used for every day cooking with your chopping of fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, spices and meats.  But most don’t think of it as a kitchen charm.  A piece that would finish the atmosphere of your kitchen to say it is mine!

Want more ideas on how to get everyday pieces and add them to your kitchen decor?  Here’s a few ideas:

Mason Jar for your Spices

Mason Jar for your Spices

Chalkboard Cutting Board

Chalkboard Cutting Board

1. Mason Jars – what a better way to organize your kitchen but with these fabulous jars.  Buy chalk stickers to label them so everyone in your household knows what goes into them.  Make it garden!  What a great idea!

2. Chalk Cutting Board – have an old cutting board but don’t want to throw it away?  Try sanding it down with fine sandpaper.  Then, take chalk paint and paint one side (2 to 3 coats would do the trick).  Voila! Instant chalk board.  Hang it onto your wall where you can post today’s menu or reminder.

 

 

Mac Cutting Boards Return Policy

Return Policy

Return Policy

We guarantee our workmanship … no question about that.  Even if the wood has it’s weaknesses or flaws (it does happen).  How you care for the board when you take it home is a whole another story.

Our intention here at Mac Cutting Boards is that you receive goods exactly as described but, if you do need to make a return, our intention is to make it hassle free.  If the product you have received is defective, we will gladly ship you another at our expense.  FOR SURE!  If the product has been damaged in transit, we will provide a replacement.  No questions asked.  For both defective and damaged products, we asked that you contact us within 10 days of the receipt of the cutting board.  The sooner the better, that way we can start making another one for you.  Remember, all our boards are made to order.  Any claims made after 10 days , we can not be accept.

Damaged Cutting Board

Damaged Cutting Board

I mentioned earlier that we cannot guarantee how the cutting board is cared for once it comes home to you.  Please refer to our care instructions.  It is important that you understand how to care for a wooden cutting board.  Putting it in the dishwasher or leaving it under water for a period of time will most certainly damage the board in a matter of time.  It will dry up and crack as shown here in the picture.

 

 

Quality Products and Services Always Beats Your Competition

quality-seoYes they do!!  You can argue that quantity is better than quality.  I say NO WAY!  Quality will always beat your competition, your nay-sayers and your critics.  You will gain a huge following of customers through referrals because your product and/or service that are absolutely FABULOUS!  Life time memories are created when you concentrate on the quality of your work, the personal experience you share with your customers and the overwhelming need that you answer for them with your products and/or services.  Huge advantage over anyone!

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Here are 3 points to keep in mind on building quality in your work and home.

1. Have a story to tell.  When you love what you do, it will show when you are in front of your customers.  Trust me.  It will resonate with them your passion and your personal involvement because you love what you do.  You have a story to tell and they want to hear it.

2. Ask why you are doing this.  Have a purpose short and long term.  How you are in the your business is how you will represent yourself at home.  Your why will come out in your work.

3. You’re not tired.  Ask anyone.  When they love what they do and have a purpose to their business and personal life, you are not tired EVER in producing quality work.  It will show and people will notice.

Frequently Asked Questions for Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Whenever Bart and I are at shows, we are asked so many frequent questions of the same topics.  I love it!  I realize we are educating our customers.  Awesome!

Here are some of those questions that are being asked.

1. What type of woods are these cutting boards made of?

  • They are made strictly from hardwoods.  We repurpose and upcycle unused scrap hardwoods we obtain from cabinet and furniture makers, hardwood flooring installers and other wood professionals.  Our criterias are: unused, untreated, unstained and hardwoods.

2. How are these cutting boards are made and where?

They are made with a wood glue called Tite Bond III – FDA approved and premium wood glue.  We cut the scrap hardwoods into strips and glue each piece together to form a shape of the board with high pressure clamps and let dry.  We then plane it and sand it down.  We finish it with beeswax and mineral oil coating.  We manufacturer our cutting boards in San Bruno, California.

3. How do I care for my wood cutting board?

Easy.  Soap and water then let dry naturally.  Every now and again, put a coat of mineral oil throughout your board to maintain consistency.  Wood is like your skin.  When it gets dry, it will crack.  Do not clean your wooden cutting board in your dish washer.  Heat and excess water are enemies to your board.  Avoid it.

Visit our website for more frequently asked questions that I have not listed.

A Great Cutting Board Makes Your Life Easier Not Harder

Wooden Cutting Board

Wooden Cutting Board

Trust me!  A cutting board is an absolute “must have” tool you need for your kitchen.  I don’t care what anyone says.  You need it to help prepare your meals by slicing and dicing all the necessary ingredients for your meal.  It doesn’t matter if it semi-homemade to full blown homemade, you’re gonna need a cutting board.  Goes hand in hand with a good knife.  But I digress.  So, how do you find a great cutting board?  You start by deciding what type of cutting board suits your needs and lifestyle.

Wooden Cutting Boards

Wooden Cutting Boards

Ask yourself plastic or wood.  Simple right?  There are many great benefits to both.  Plastic makes life easier when cleaning.  Just stick in the in dishwasher and you’re done.  Doesn’t make for a good serving platter, but it does the job.  A wooden cutting board needs a little care.  Can’t put it in the dishwasher as it will dry up and potentially crack.  Hand wash is best.  You will need to put mineral oil every now and again when you start to see it dry up.  But did you know that wood is a natural fighter of bacteria?  Yes … look it up.  Ask the Professor from UC Davis who conducted a study on plastic vs. wood cutting boards.  Very interesting.  Plus wooden cutting boards can be absolutely gorgeous because of the natural colors of the woods.  Easy on the eye.

How to Keep Your Wooden Cutting Board from Drying Out

Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

All woods are porous.  Some more so than others.  With that in mind, wood does dry out.  Some conditions can rapidly dry out wood if you don’t maintain it.  The type of wooden cutting board makes the difference as well – soft woods vs hard woods.  Softer woods lends to larger pores vs hard woods lends to smaller pores.  Bottom line, it is all in how you care for the board.  Here’s a few tips on how to keep your wooden cutting board from drying out and maintaining it.

  1. Keep your board on a dry surface and standing upright (if you can).  Keeps circulation to the board.
  2. Avoid placing your board under the sun for a period of time.
  3. Avoid humid and dry areas to store your board
  4. Do not wash your cutting board in the dishwasher.  The dishwater brings excess water to the board and heat.  Both are not good.
  5. Do not bleach your board.  I know there are some instructional blogs that says you can.  You can, however, bleaching does dry up the board and can strip away the natural colors of the woods.  If you have a beautiful and colorful cutting board, I would recommend not to use bleach.
  6. Handwash with soap and water is plenty.  Wood is a natural fighter of bacteria.
  7. Apply mineral oil once a week.  Wood is like your skin.  When you see it dry, apply oil to maintain it.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mac Cutting Boards

Happy Valentine's Day Engraved on a Wooden Cutting Board

Happy Valentine’s Day Engraved on a Wooden Cutting Board

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Woohoo!  Are you ready?  Preparation is the key for being ready for the most celebrated “Couple’s Holiday of the Year”.  It is extremely crucial if you are wanting a great outcome.  (And I certainly hope you are looking for a awesome turnout).  After all, you are in love with the very special someone in your life.  Who by all accounts deserve this, right?  So how do you prepare for a fabulous Valentine’s Day or night?

Here’s a few suggestions to consider.

  1. Don’t turn away the element of surprise.  That always gets them!  Plan and prepare for something simple or something grand but surprise them.
  2. Definitely send flowers to their place of work or home if they work from home.  That never gets old.
  3. Plan a fabulous dinner.  Try a new restaurant that friends had recommended.  Call them to find out if they are doing a special Valentine’s Day dinner.  If they do, make reservations.  Check out OpenTable for some suggestions.
  4. Plan a babysitter yourself.  Great surprise gift!  Not only are you planning on dinner together, but you’ve already taken care of the kids as well.
  5. Think of a theme for your Valentine’s Day celebration.  Like cooking, wine, travel and so on.  Buy the things that match your theme and present it to your significant other as a gift.  Something different from chocolates.  Maybe start with a heart shape cutting board?  Just a thought.

Wines and Cheeses to Go With Your Cutting Board

Wine Cheese Pairings

Wine Cheese Pairings

Music to my ears!  I hear wine and cheese and I bee-line it to wherever it is.  YUM!  I love going to wine and cheese parties.  First off, you get to eat cheese and drink wine for as long as you are there!  Score!  Secondly, you can contribute by bringing your own favorites to share with the group.  Here are some of my favorite wines and cheeses that I don’t necessarily pair them together, but I really don’t care what blends with what just as long as it tastes good.  Right?

1. A hardy red wine like Silver Oak with triple cream cheese – OMG!  To die for!  Get some bread or crackers and I could eat this all day.  Really.

2. A fabulous light and buttery chardonnay like La Crema (YUM!) with a great Irish Cheddar cheese.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese

When hosting a wine and cheese party, here are a few suggestions on what you can do to make it fun and alive.

  • Serve all your cheeses on a cutting board and label it either with a tooth pick or a chalk board surface.  Have bread or crackers too.
  • Place the wine you believe will be a great pairing with the cheese right along side of it.
  • Have table markers describing the wine and the cheese so your guest will not only enjoy reading about it, but they’ll learn and that’s always fun!
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