Aaron Yonge boards dull your knives less than other boards, resist contamination of bacteria, and can last generations with the proper care. Follow these steps to ensure your board remains in great condition.
After use, wash your Aaron Yonge board with soap and warm water with a sponge to release any particles off the board. Dry immediately with a lint free towel, let air dry vertically upright. Once the board has dried, apply mineral oil liberally to the board to all sides with a clean lint free towel. Set the board vertically upright and let dry for several hours or until its next use.
If you have board butter you may apply it 5 minutes after applying mineral oil to your board.
Oil Monthly or when dry to the touch.
New Board Seasoning
Like a cast iron pan, a new board needs to be seasoned. Apply mineral oil daily for the first week as described above. If boards are still dry after a week, continue to apply mineral oil. New boards are still adjusting to each home’s unique humidity level and cutting usage.
New cutting boards arrive smooth and will not have the texture of the grain. Upon the first use the grain texture may become noticeable; this is normal. After several more uses and continued maintenance, the texture will begin to smooth again, not to the original smoothness, and your board will be fully broken in.
Use a food grade oil for the board such as Food grade mineral oil, vegan cutting board oils, or beeswax based creams.
Don’t let the board remain wet or stand in water. The board will absorb the water and warp, split, or otherwise damage the board.
Don’t use harsh cleaners like bleach, peroxide, degreasers; they may dry the board out and compromise its quality
Don’t use non food grade oils such as vegetable, peanut, olive, walnut, sesame, teak, or other similar oils. They are rich in fats and will eventually oxidize and go rancid creating a foul smelling board.
If your cutting board has collected scratches, discoloration, or is rough beyond oiling, refinishing it should restore it to its original condition.
Wash the board with warm water and soap and allow to fully dry. Sand the board with 200 grit sand paper lightly in the direction of the grain. Wash and dry completely again. Repeat as necessary until the surface is smooth, this should not take more than 3 times. After you are satisfied with the sanding, liberally apply mineral oil to the board and let it fully soak in for several hours, then wipe off the excess. Then, resume to oil according to the Seasoning Board schedule.
Remember, sanding removes some of the wood, this should not be done too frequently. Some things are best that show use and cleaning maintenance can be overdone.