Updates

The Best Way to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board Posted on 14 May 14:57

The most common question we're asked by our customers is how to clean their wooden cutting board or serving platter properly, there's some basic information on our care page but we thought a few photos of the process would help everyone, so without further ado...

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 1: Pick your board. We picked out the most used, loved but least cared for board in the workshop kitchen, one of our (sadly) discontinued Asterisk Boards. It's about 6 years old and is showing its age in the form of deep discoloured cut marks, food stains, a few burns and some dry spots (lighter areas). We're going to improve all these problems with three simple ingredients: salt, citrus and oil.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 2: Squeeze some citrus fruit directly onto the board, We've used a couple of cumquats but lemon will work just as well. The citrus works as a gentle bleach on stains and deodorises the board. Citrus also helps carry our next ingredient deep into the board.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 3: Take a small amount of salt and drop it into your pool of citrus. We've used rock salt but any flake or rough salt will do. The salt will be working as a natural abrasive and sanitiser.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 4: Scrub the chopping board thoroughly using a clean dishcloth or scourer. Make sure to focus on scrubbing the deep cut marks with a circular motion. The scrubbing will help to remove any cut and burn marks and give the board a deep clean.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 5: Leave the citrus and salt to sit for about 10 minutes while the citrus clears up stains and the salt soaks into the chopping board.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 6: Scrape off the remaining salt and citrus with a kitchen scraper or any hard flat bottomed tool, we used one of our Stix for Cooks. Depending on how old and clean your board is, your scrapings should be slightly discoloured.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 7: Wipe the cutting board dry then apply oil. As mentioned on our care page, we use coconut oil but there are many good alternatives such as walnut oil, orange oil or linseed oil.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Step 8: Rub the oil in with a dry cloth.

cutting board being cleaned and oiled

Finished! The surface of this board had greatly improved after its spa treatment, however some cut marks are still visible. With regular care using the steps above, most of these marks can be removed from the board over time. This "spa" process will improve the condition of any wooden chopping board, cheese paddle or serving platter.


Upgraded Website Posted on 12 Feb 14:14

If you're reading this then "hoorah for technology", you're using the new Sands Made website. Among many changes is an increased amount of product information, better organisation, and new and improved checkout system which accepts credit cards! Expect to see more updates on what we're working on via this updates page, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Another great new feature is the addition of a reviews section for each product. Many customers send me feedback on their new purchases, I'd like everyone to be able to hear about their experiences.

Forwards into 2015 Posted on 16 Jan 14:02

Last Year was an exciting year at Sands Made, we expanded our product range substantially, locked down deals with new timber suppliers, and started working with some new materials. The Cheese Paddle range has gone through several structural improvements and now come gift boxed in recycled cardboard. The Space Plate range turned out wonderfully and is now available in a number of stores Australia-wide including the National Museum of Australia.
 
2015 promises to be another busy year with the focus being on expanding the range into new materials such as porcelain and stainless steel, finalising our overseas distribution plans, and of course expanding the product range further.

Our first event of the year will be at Life inStyle in Sydney in February where we'll be releasing several new products including a pepper grinder range we're quite proud of. Look out for updates around the end of Feb.