As we are in the midst of a ‘wicked’ winter storm and we have extra time around the house – how about we condition our Larch Wood cutting board!It’s super easy and at the same time lets polish all the other wood in the house. When is the best time to condition wood? There is no ‘best time’ but you do want to ensure in the dry winter that your wood is well conditioned as the dry conditions will de-hydrate wood. When wood de-hydrates it will crack or check along the grain.
What you need:
- A great playlist that will play even when the power (and wifi) is out!
- A soft cloth or rag – preferably cotton
- Some Larch Wood Cutting Board Conditioner
- A space.
- Every wooden spoon, bowl and nick-nack (why not!) you have.
- If any of your wood is dusty or dirty give it a quick wipe.
- Turn your cutting board over!
- Dip your cloth into the conditioner. (or if you don’t have use food grade mineral oil )
- Take a gob and spread it over the entire back of the Larch Wood (or any) cutting board
- Turn it over and do more dollops on the surfaces and spread thickly 🙂
- Now attack bowls and such. Bowls, do inside first and turn over and do outside.
- Listen to more music and maybe have some beverage of your choice and #stormchips
- Enjoy the rest of your evening….
After the storm is over: (which may or may not be the next day depending on where you live)
- Take another not as oily cloth.
- Buff into the wood any excess conditioner.
- Notice if your board (or bowl or spoon) still has any ‘dry’ areas
- Use your oily cloth to buff more oil into those areas.
- Chop on your lovely rejuvenated Larch Wood End Grain board
Above is a board at 9 years. Note the colour starts to darken overall. You can also see how some of the blocks have different qualities such as the one in the upper right which is not darkening.
How frequently you condition your wood is really a ‘feel’ thing. You can actually feel if the wood is dry. If you are using your chopping block regularly it is a good idea to oil it once a week or so for the first month and then monthly for a year or more. If you only occasionally use it, my rule of thumb is oil it before a party! and party often 🙂 and oil it at least once or twice in the winter (winters are de-hydrating). If you live in an arid place (Colorado, Arizona, California etc.) please over oil when you first get it and then continue to oil it until it aclimatizes. (it really likes to be babied initially)
Wood will always need some oiling. The upside of conditioning is that then the cleanup is faster. 🙂
and what a storm! Stay warm and safe all.
When wood is not cared for it will crack. Please condition it.