One of the most common saying we have heard from customers and potential customers over the years at Larch Wood is “they are too beautiful to cut on. I could never cut on that”.
Well first and foremost go ahead and use it! It was made to be cut on.
I have had customers come up to me after owning a board for 4 or 5 years and tell me they have never taken their board out of the plastic! In those circumstances I usually pull out our decade-old cutting board and insist that they cut on it. “Time to get over it.”
Please use your board and as long as you condition it on a regular basis you will be hard pressed to see the knife marks on a Larch Wood end grain cutting board.
If you want your board to look beautiful for years to come, we do not recommend using a serrated knife because it acts like a saw and damages the wood fibres. Simply using a good sharp knife will easily cut through bread.
Here at Larch Wood we have seen our fair share of photos of damaged and stained cutting boards over the years.
Here are some do’s and dont’s. Some are obvious and some are interesting and almost counterintuitive.
- Yes, you can cut any vegetable, fruit and even raw chicken on the same board. Larch, being a rot resistant wood, has wonderful anti-microbial properties. Just a damp sponge or a scrubby with a small amount of mild dish detergent while holding under lukewarm running water is more than enough to clean up after cutting raw chicken. Just dry it off and continue onto your next use.
- Never leave cast iron especially while damp on a board because a dark stain will leach deeply into the board.
- Berries, beets and similar richly colored fruits and vegetables will stain your board temporarily, there is no need to scrub the board. Just condition it a couple of times over the following week and it will draw the stain out of the board.
- Cutting boards can be used for serving food as well as cutting. We have designed a few that are excellent for presentation such as charcuterie and fruits.
- Slow cookers, toasters and other heat sources should not be left on your board. They will eventually crack the wood and damage the glue joints.
- Certain types of black rubber will leach into the board be aware of leaving any kitchen or other item with black rubber feet on your board.
- Potted plants, sculptures, electronic equipment and other non – food related items do not belong on a cutting board.
- Never use bleach or baking soda on your board. Bleach will damage the wood fibers and baking soda will leave a stain.
- It is not a hot pot coaster. Do not put any hot pans off a burner or pots right out of the oven on your board.
Enjoy your Larch Wood Board.