The first thing to do with your new Big Chop timber board home is to “season” it. Do not even use it to cut or chop anything until you season it for the very first time. This is much like seasoning a cast iron pan, but you are applying it to a wooden cutting board. After years of testing various “food grade” oils that disappointed, we developed our own: Big Chop “Timber Board Nurturing Cream”. This cream is a recipe of a blend of oils and waxes including lemon oil that conditions the board and leaves a lovely citrus perfume. Wooden cutting boards have their own natural oils and for the most part they are antibacterial. To season a timber board is to add another layer of protection to it. Big Chop “Timber Board Nurturing Cream” will help to seal the pores of the wood and keep out particles and bacteria as well as help prevent warping. Now apply a coat of the cream, to the board liberally for the first coat massaging in with paper towel. I usually do 3 to 4 coats of seasoning the first time, letting each layer of cream I apply to dry for at least four hours, so overall this can take a day or two, but believe me in the long run you will be glad that you did this. So take your time and apply those coats even if it takes a day or longer.
To clean the big chop: brush of any loose bits. Wipe the surface with a warm soapy dish cloth then wipe off excess moisture. Never put timber boards in a dishwasher or immerse in water. Timber boards are porous and they will absorb water and can split when they dry. If a board is submerged in water by mistake, dry off with a towel as soon as possible. Store boards flat to help prevent warping.
Once fortnightly or when your board looks a little dry liberally sprinkle your board with coarse salt or Bi-Carb Soda. Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scrub the surface, rubbing all the salt or Bi-Carb Soda into the board. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, and then scrape the excess off, give the board a good clean with a wet cloth, leave to dry. When the board is completely dry wipe sparingly The Big Chop “Timber Nurturing Cream” onto the surface with paper towel, massage in, until absorbed and allow to dry.
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