Duane and Connie Butler create an impressive selection of fine home accessories from their workshop in Maine. They hand-make everything from rolling pins to lazy-susans using domestic and exotic woods. Duane has always had a passion for woodworking and has dedicated 50 years honing his craft and learning about the world of woodworking.
Caring for your Butler Woodworking cutting boards:
Caring for your boards regularly ensures years of use. There are three steps to clean and preserve your wooden cutting board: cleaning, sanitizing and sealing:
Cleaning – Wipe your board with a dry cloth to remove debris. Using unscented dish soap, scrub gently with the “scrubby” side of the sponge. Rinse off suds with hot water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Sanitize – There are a couple ways to do this:
1. In a spray bottle, put 4 parts water and 1 part white distilled vinegar. Spray it liberally all over the cutting board. Soak it very thoroughly. Make sure the board is completely covered. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wipe dry. Let air dry for 15 minutes before sealing.
2. Sprinkle a layer of coarse salt on the cutting board. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze one half of the lemon over the board. Use a scrub brush and a little elbow grease to scour the board for a few minutes. You could also use the lemon half to scrub the board, squeezing out the juice as you go. The acid in the lemon juice will disinfect the board and the abrasive action of the salt will get rid of any tiny food remnants or stains that still cling to the board. Thoroughly rinse the board with hot water, and take a towel and thoroughly dry the board.
Seal to preserve – Using mineral oil coat the board; 3-4 tablespoons should be plenty. Let it set 15 minutes and then wipe off any excess oil.
We recommend doing this to your boards monthly.