As I mentioned above, we were required to use plastic cutting boards when catering. Due to end grain wood fibers naturally separating when working with knives, butcher blocks and hardwood cutting boards are much easier on cutlery than their plastic counterparts. Scrape off any stuck food and scrub all cutting boards completely with hot soapy water after each use. Do not soak your boards or any other wooden utensils in water or they’ll crack and warp! Next, pour some vinegar on the cutting board (enough to coat it) and let it set in for 10 minutes.
I try to keep a good amount of cutting boards around because cross contamination does worry me. The sound of knives on glass bothers me but I do prefer glass ones for meat prep. Please keep these tips in mind when you customize your own cutting board on my Etsy site: Happy building! Give your cutting board a fresh coat of mineral oil every 3-6 months to keep it looking fresh and new.
You can choose from our various wood cutting board designs or we can custom manufacture a wood cutting board or other wood prodcuts to the design and specifications of your choice. Open grain woods such as oak and ash should be avoided as they have many pours that can harbor bits and pieces of food and that provide a good habit for bacteria. Our Wood cutting boards can be laser engraved with any type of logo, text, or other image.
Depending on how often you use your boards and wooden spoons, you should also give them an oiling to help maintain their surface and keep them from drying out. Before using a new butcher block, season it to prevent staining and absorption of food odors and bacteria. Unlike wood, most plastic boards are non-porous, which means that bacteria can’t enter below the surface. Most of the time this wood has been chemically treated, painted, or exposed to toxins making it unsafe for food.
Some of the most durable and beautiful wood for cutting boards, guitars, and furniture are also endangered. It takes absolutely no craftsmanship or ability to simply screw a rubber tip to the bottom of the board. The combination of woods turned out beautifully and the name and wedding date engraved into the board made this a truly remarkable gift that will be treasured for years.