Happy day! You just picked up a Larchwood cutting board that if properly maintained will last you a lifetime, maybe even several lifetimes! Follow these easy care instructions and you’ll be able to pass your board down to your Grandkids.
Firstly lets go over some general rules to follow:
- Never submerge your board in water. We like to fill up our sink with an inch or two of hot soapy water and gently splash water up onto the board if it needs a real good clean.
- Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER! Put your board in the dishwasher. The extreme heat and aggressive detergents WILL ruin your board.
- Never place hot pots, pans or trays on your board directly from the oven or stove. You run the risk of branding your board and ruining its beautiful aesthetic with an ugly black ring.
- Avoid leaving your board in areas of concentrated heat such as directly beside a gas burner. The board is made of wood and as I’m sure you’re aware keeping wood in a hot place rarely ends well.
Much like you would with a new cast iron pan, your Larchwood cutting board needs to be seasoned. The wood needs time to acclimatize to its new surroundings. Until it’s used to its new home you should apply Larchwood Cutting board conditioner once a week to all surfaces of the board. Larchwood recommends doing this once a week for the first week. Treating your board with the conditioner is super easy, simply place a finger sized glob on two corners of the board and using a dry cloth rub the product into the board. Again, make sure you’re giving every inch of the board some attention, this includes the sides and bottom of the board.
To clean your board simply use a moist cloth or sponge to remove any dirt. If that doesn’t quite do the trick apply a small amount of a mild dish detergent to a sponge and scrub while allowing warm water to run over the board. If none of that works you can apply a liberal amount of salt to the board and scrub with a lemon juice dampened sponge.
When storing your board be sure to dry it thoroughly before putting it away, we recommend leaving it to dry overnight on the counter then placing it in the cupboard in the morning. Avoid storing you board in direct sunlight or close to a heat source; The drawer under your oven for instance would not be a good place to store your board.