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How to Care for your Butcher Block: Top 5 Tips
1. A minimum of once a month (depending upon the use and household conditions), apply an even coat of Boos® Mystery Oil to all surfaces of your butcher block using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Mystery Oil to fully penetrate through the wood fibers overnight, then wipe off any excess oil. Apply additional oil to any visible dry spots or for any other necessary reasons.
For additional protection, it is recommended to use Boos Block® Board Cream to seal the top of the wood surface in conjunction to the Mystery Oil. Apply an even coat of the Board Cream using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Board Cream to penetrate the wood surface overnight, then wipe off any excess cream.
• Boos Block® Mystery Oil is a food-grade oil that easily absorbs and penetrates deeply into the grain of the wood to help protect, revitalize, and moisturize the wood fibers.
• Boos Block® Board Cream contains a natural, unbleached beeswax and food-grade oil formula. Board Cream is denser, thicker which gives a protective top layer to the wood surface against foods and liquids. It helps keep the water out and the oil in.
2. DO NOT allow liquids of any type to stand on the butcher block for long periods of time. DO NOT let fresh, wet meats lay on the butcher block longer than necessary. Brine, water, and blood, contain liquids, which soak into the wood, causing the butcher block to expand, the wood to soften, and affects the strength of the glued joints.
3. Use a good steel scraper or spatula several times a day, as necessary, to keep the butcher block surface clean and sanitary. Scraping the surfaces will remove 75% of the liquids. DO NOT use a steel brush on the cutting surface of your butcher block.
4. DO NOT cut fish or poultry on the butcher block work surface, unless you have thoroughly followed the instructions in step #1. The moisture barrier must be intact prior to cutting any type of fish, seafood, or poultry on the butcher block work surface. ALWAYS CLEAN THE BUTCHER BLOCK SURFACE THOROUGHLY AFTER CUTTING FISH OR POULTRY.
5. Be sure NEVER to cut continuously in the same surface area. Distribute your cutting over the entire work surface so that it will wear evenly. DO NOT use a razor-edged cleaver. It will chip or splinter the wood and produce soft spots. Your cleaver should have a dull sharpened edge for best results.
6. Sanitize your butcher block by wiping all surfaces down with mild dish soap and water. Dry thoroughly. DO NOT use harsh detergents of any type to wash your butcher block surface. DO NOT wash your butcher's tools on your butcher block surface.
7. Maintain the same bevel on the edge of your butcher block as it had when purchased. This helps prevent splitting or chipping on the outside of the butcher block.