Cutting Boards FAQ
What type of materials do you use?
All materials used for our kitchenwares are food safe, and specifically chosen for their durability. This includes food safe hardwoods, food safe and waterproof adhesives, corrosion resistant stainless steel screws for feet, and food safe conditioners like our Cure-All. We do our best to use and source ethical materials, supporting the local economy whenever possible.
We are conscientious about the ethics of the wood we source, most of which is salvaged or FSC certified hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest. We mostly use Oregon black walnut, white oak, and big-leaf maple, from our home of the Pacific Northwest. Salvaged hardwoods come from trees that have either fallen, or have been cut down due to natural processes, and FSC hardwoods are certified as promoting environmentally sound, socially beneficial principles. We like knowing where our wood comes from, who milled it into dimensional material, and that it was produced in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.
What is end-grain and edge-grain, and what's the difference?
Deoria Made end-grain butcher blocks have all end-grain wood on cutting surface. End-grain wood can be best described in an analogy. Imagine holding a paintbrush in your hand. Hold the brush in front of you, pointing up. Now with your other hand, imagine it is a chef's knife, and "chop" through the bristles. The knife edge gently cuts between the bristles, doesn't it? And when you pull the knife out, the bristles return to their normal place. In this analogy the bristles are the fibers and grain of the wood, and with end-grain surfaces you're cutting between the fibers of the end-grain. This results in a surface that is not only gentle and kind to your knife edges, since it's cutting between, rather across wood fibers, but it also makes for a cutting board that, when properly oiled, heals its own knife scars. Many regard end-grain as the be-all-end-all for a chef both because of these qualities, but also due to the beauty of their blocked pattern.
Edge-grain butcher blocks are, in the aforementioned analogy, the opposite. You would instead imagine your paint brush being held horizontally, and you'll notice that when you imagine cutting through the brush with a knife, that you'd sever the bristles. This is in fact what happens when cutting into edge-grain cutting boards. And while end-grain does have a leg up in this respect, edge-grain cutting boards have their benefits too. For one edge-grain is less permeable, meaning it's difficult for liquids, smells, or flavors to absorb into the wood. This same quality also makes an edge-grain cutting board very stable, and less susceptible to movement, or at an extreme, warping, because its impermeable nature doesn't let moisture in or out, which is what makes for wood movement.
How do I care for my cutting board?
- Clean // Cleaning a wooden cutting board is as simple as washing it with soap, warm water, and a sponge. As a more earth-friendly option that often works even better on tough stains, sprinkle a healthy amount of salt on the board, and with a sponge dipped in warm water, scrub the stain out. The salt absorbs the stains quite well, pulling any tastes or smells out along with it. Hand dry the board with a kitchen towel, and reach for your mineral oil to condition . . .
- Condition // After cleaning, pour a liberal amount of Mineral Oil onto the surface, rubbing it into the wood with a disposable rag. Allow a few hours for the oil to absorb, then wipe the excess off. This routine should be implemented once per week for the first month, once a month for the following few months, and once per season for the life of the board, though frequent use may require conditioning more often. Overtime, the cutting board will become saturated with oil, requiring less frequent conditioning.
Well, there you have it. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Now sit back and enjoy the beauty of your wooden cutting board. If you employ this technique, you will have a clean, antibacterial cutting board that will last many many years.
- What to Avoid // Never submerge your cutting board in water, or run through the dishwasher. The over use of water will saturate the board, making it expand, and the harsh chemicals will eventually dry the board out, making it contract. This may lead to warping or cracking.
About cutting board feet
We install feet on all of the larger cutting boards and butcher blocks for several reasons. They lift the board off the counter and away from any potential moisture or smooshed foods, whilst creating an elegant floating look. Made of rubber they keep everything in place while you're working. And they're also adjustable. While each Deoria Made cutting board has been flattened to a machined surface in the studio, not all countertops or tabletops are quite as flat. If you need to adjust the feet for your particular work surface you can do so by unscrewing the stainless steel, rust proof screws to level your board, either by removing, or doubling up on washers depending on your particular countertop.
Can you cut a juice-groove into my order?
Yes, for an additional $25 we can route a juice groove into your board. We can either take care of this before or after checkout. Just let us know.
We accept all major credit cards for orders placed online via our website's secure shopping cart. For your protection and the protection of Deoria Made, we do not collect or store your credit card data. All credit card information is processed through a secure server and is encrypted before transmission to our order queue.
All orders ship from Deoria Made in Tucson, AZ, USA. Within the United States, all cutting boards and wall hangings are shipped via USPS or UPS ground shipping within 1-2 business days of order placement. You will receive an order confirmation after you've placed your order, and a shipping notification, including tracking number, once your order has shipped. Shipping takes anywhere from 1-5 business days depending on how far you're located from the Deoria Made studio.
Do you wholesale?
Yes! Please contact Deoria Made here with interests and for access to the wholesale page.
Do you accept returns?
Each of our products are handmade to order, so we do not accept returns. However, we will do our best to accommodate an exchange for an in-stock item. Please contact us for availability and for a return authorization number. Shippings costs for exchanges will not be covered.
We do our best to hand craft the finest products, with the most durable construction methods and best materials possible. Having said that, wood is not an indestructible material, and requires regular maintenance and care. For example, keeping a cutting board oiled and avoiding large fluctuations in temperature, moisture, or humidity are necessary to its well being and longevity. Wood can be dented, scratched, scarred, and even broken if not treated with the respect it requires. Should you need a repair, please contact us with a description of what happened and we'll be happy to take care of it if possible. Repair fees apply.
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