Caring for your board

At Oak Bloke we only use the very best and most durable wood. After extensive testing and months of trialling we have now come up with the winning formula. Our boards are made to last and be used on a daily basis. The Oak Bloke is a huge lover of long countryside walks and views the oak tree as a natural and much loved symbol of the British countryside, cutting these down would be a travesty, therefore we only ever use PEFC and FSC certified Oak.

The Oak boards have been machined and finished to extremely high standards to help prevent warping and minimise any cracking. However they will develop their own character over time depending on how it is used and cared for.

Before your board started its journey, the Oak Bloke has been busy; he has treated it with at least three coats of food safe mineral oil and finished it with local bees wax to give it that shine and extra resistance.  The Oak Bloke would still recommend the following mantra:

"Oil it once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, and then once a year for the rest of your life..."

The Oak Bloke highly recommends using Brandon Bespoke mineral oil http://brandonbespoke.co.uk

Oak Bloke Tips

  • Apply a generous amount of oil with a clean rag or kitchen paper. Leave to absorb for an hour or so and wipe off any surplus.
  • To clean it you should scrub it with hot water and soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not dry it in hot sunshine. Never submerge cutting boards in a sink of water! Wood is porous and will soak up water causing the cutting board to crack when it dries.
  • To eliminate garlic, onion or any other smells from your board you can rub it with coarse salt, baking soda, lemon or vinegar, leave for a few minutes and rinse.
  • Anything moist left on the board overnight  i.e. cheese, peppers may cause dark marks  and stains as the moisture can get into the wood, a great Oak Bloke tip is to rub fresh rhubarb over the mark although you shouldn’t have any issues if the board has been well oiled and maintained.

Please contact us for further advice and information.