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Wood species for cutting boards and care

maple

Maple: An all-American favorite, with its warm golden color and its mostly straight grain, sugar maple is the state tree of New York, Wisconsin, Vermont and West Virginia. Very versatile, it is used for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, butcher's blocks, baseball bats and is a favorite of American furniture manufacturers. It was even used to make women shoe heels until the turn of the century! Hard maple is also a standard wood for cutting boards because it imparts no taste to food and holds up well. A classic!  

 

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walnut WalnutWalnut trees are predominantly grown in North America, California being the largest purveyor of the trees. Centuries ago, Native Americans would extract oil from the Walnut tree to cook corn and beans. Another fun fact is that a handful of tasty black walnuts contain more protein than two slices of bacon! Noble, lustrous, durable, it has an aristocratic looks to it, and its rich dark tones makes the food you’re cutting or serving on it stand out. A pick of choice!

 

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cherry CherryAnother America’s favorite! "New England Mahogany", as called by early Colonial furniture makers, as a color similar to mahogany that darkens with age. Satiny to the touch, the grain of the cherry tree is very desirable because of its unique ripple figures and reddish brown shades. It's strong, moderately hard and has excellent shock resistance, which makes it a very good option for a cutting board. Early printmakers even used it for their printing blocks! Black cherry trees grow throughout the Midwest to Eastern U.S. So classy and unique! cherryboard

 

 

 



Cutting board care

Wood cutting boards are tough and durable. The natural beauty of wood will add to the decor and appeal of any kitchen. However, natural wood cutting boards do require some special care. It isn't time consuming or difficult, and if your customer maintains their wood cutting boards as they use them; the wood boards will last for many years.  Click here to download our care sheet


Storing wood cutting boards in inventory

There are a few guidelines that need to be followed when storing wood cutting boards. In order for  the boards to remain in pristine condition until they are delivered to your customers, it’s best that they are stored untreated. If treated with oil and stacked on top of each other, they may stick together and become stained.

The cutting boards also need to be stored in a temperature controlled environment, were it is not too dry, damp or humid. It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight as UV rays can discolor the wood. If these simple guidelines are observed, not only will it make business easier for you with your customers, it will also ensure that you will be seen as a provider of high-quality American made wood products. 


Washing wood cutting boards

In order to avoid staining or contamination on your wood cutting board, it’s best to wipe the board with a light soapy cloth soon after the cutting board is used.  


Cutting board oils

Make sure the wood cutting board is washed thoroughly and completly try before applying any of these oils. Oiling the cutting board regularly will not only preserve the board is will also bring out the natural grain and color of the wood. 

Coconut oil: Will bring out the natural grain and color of the wood and its natural properties will preserve the cutting board and prevent bacteria. 

Organic Flaxseed Oil: Not tainted by chemical pesticides or fertilizers, opting for organic oil is a greener choice for environmentally concerned consumers

Beeswax: it won’t go bad from heating or reusing. Easy to find, mixing it with mineral oil makes an amazing finish to your cutting board.

Walnut oil: Walnut oil is more expensive than the other choices. However, it is color enhancing.

Almond oil: This oil works well, however it may affect people who have allergies towards nuts.

Mineral oil: Colorless and tasteless, food safe mineral oil is cheap and easy to find in local drugstores or major retailers. 

 


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To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards of one of our cutting board models listed below. Most models can be ordered in either Maple or Walnut and some are available in Cherry wood.

To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards.