Maintenance of Noyer’s cutting boards
We are often asked about the maintenance of walnut cutting boards, and that is quite natural – as we make many of them.
When you have a walnut cutting board, it will occasionally require you to do a little maintenance of it. Different types of cutting boards may require slightly different treatment, but there are also a number of things that apply to all cutting boards. We of course based this on walnut cutting boards from Noyer.
Dishwashing of Noyer’s cutting boards
When using a cutting board from Noyer, there are some things you need to be aware of.
The most important thing is that you do not put the cutting board in the dishwasher. Wood is a living material, and it is only a few cutting boards that can withstand being exposed to hot water and steam for several hours in a row. Then it will grow and become uneven, which we all know is unbearable to prepare food on.
On a whole, the wood benefits the best of drying evenly on both sides. This is also why the larger boards come with a foot, which both makes the board a decorative element in the kitchen, and ensures that there is air around the board to dry.
It is ideal to scald your cutting board once in a while, so any bacteria that can occur can be killed. An easy way to do so, is to leave the board in the kitchen sink, to pour boiling water on it from the freshly cooked potatoes or pasta.
When you use your cutting board a lot, you also have to wash it a lot. Dishwashing detergent is designed to fight oil, so it will in the long run pull the oil out of the cutting board. At one point you will have used up the supplied organic flaxseed oil you got along with your Noyer cutting boards, you will have to either replace it or use one of the other solutions there are.
We use a cold-pressed flaxseed oil because it has a natural hardening effect, which gives a more durable surface to the cutting board. So we naturally recommend such an oil.
But if the alternative is between no oil and another kind of oil, we recommend a neutral oil, like rapeseed or sunflower seeds which are excellent alternatives. And pretty often most people will have that at hand. Spread plenty of oil over the board on both sides (remember the edges) and let it penetrate the board for a quarter of an hour, where you afterward wipe off all the excess oil. This will restore the beautiful, dark glow in any walnut board from Noyer.
Sanding your wooden cutting board
Our boards are made to be used, and this also means that in the long run they will get scratches and from knives. Where it generally hurts a bit at the first signs of wear and tear, the cutting board partiotionates in a beautiful way.
A little pro tip; use one side to preparation or cutting and the other side to serve on. Then you have two boards in one.
If you want to freshen up the board a bit and remove the worst scratches, then it can easily be done. Use some sandpaper (around grit 150) to sand the board down, and remember to sand along the veins. It works best to do this if you have not just given it oil, as oil will “pack up” in the sandpaper. Should you have given it oil, you will just have to use some extra sandpaper.
When the board is sufficiently sanded, simply apply a graceful amount of oil, which should have half an hour to penetrate.
The important thing is actually to try to avoid using the cutting boards for some time after wiping the oil off. The longer it has to cure, the longer the oil will keep the board in great condition.
If you do this on a regular basis, then you never have to change your cutting board out again.
If you have questions or good tips for maintaining a walnut cutting board, then you are very welcome to contact us – we strive to answer any questions you may have.Contact Noyer