The Chopping Block
One of the most common reactions we hear from people when they see our cutting boards is "they're too pretty to use!" It's certainly flattering and we love hearing that, but it's far from true.
If you own a cutting board that you aren't using, you don't own a cutting board. You own a wood platter. And that's okay if that's what you want, but I can assure you that our cutting boards absolutely *will* withstand everyday use.
The secret to using your cutting board while also maintaining its appearance is actually pretty simple, but there are two things you need to know.
The first thing you need to know: use the proper knife and make sure it's sharp enough to get the job done. You don't need a fancy knife, but you do need a sharp one, so invest in a good knife sharpener and use it once in a while. Check out Food & Wines Best Sharpeners for 2021 if you don't already own one. Advice: you don't have spend a lot of money to get a good one, but you do need a good one.
The second thing you need to know: do not put any type of wood board in your dishwasher. Simply clean your board with soap and water after every use and let it dry before storing it. That's it. You can also treat your board with a food-safe wood conditioner a few times a year if you really want to maintain its color and condition. All of our boards ship with a complimentary bottle of wood conditioner to make this additional step a little easier.
This is how I keep our own cutting board easy to use and looking beautiful. And just to keep myself honest, here are a few pictures of our board in our kitchen after its first use. I'll be back to update these pictures on a regular basis, so you can see how the board looks over time.
By the end of the day I couldn't see much of a difference in the board; however, I did see a couple of fine lines in one of the wood variations that make up this board. The slender Purpleheart stripe did show very fine, very shallow lines; however, because the wood is a natural color (not dyed), the lines only show up under extreme scrutiny. None of other woods in this board showed any signs of use.
I'll be back soon with another update to let you know how our boards handle use over time. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!