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A necessity in every kitchen, cutting boards can take the form of many types and styles. Decorative; to enhance a presentation of particular foods e.g. cheese or possibly bread boards. Carving boards are often used to enhance and add to the theatre of, "The Carvery", popular with Thanksgiving, Christmas or at Hotel Buffets etc.

The principal purpose being to protect surfaces from foods and protect your knife from leaving marks on bench tops. Whatever the application, board type or style, a true cutting board should be common in one feature, that is, boards should be yielding to a knife's edge. This is to say, that the board should be softer, much softer than the knifes' cutting edge, therefore, preserving a sharp working edge for longer on your knives which means less sharpening and less wear on your knives. One should expect cut marks in the surface of your cutting board, this is normal. Avoid boards that do not mark! If they don't mark with normal knife use, chances are that your knife is being worn out unduly. The board types to avoid, broadly speaking is, glass and glass derivatives, laminates and some hard plastics, stainless steel and some very hard woods, stone based material such as marble, granite etc.  Cutting_board_rack.jpgCutting_boards_poly.jpg

Polyethylene is a man made, soft, hygienic material which is mostly not effected by moisture and is fairly maintenance free. It is recommended that plastic boards be well washed between uses. A light dilution of bleach is often recommended, rinsed thoroughly. Segregate boards to reserve them for their intended purpose, the polyethylene range has been colour coded for specific uses to help avoid possible cross contamination of foods, e.g. Red = raw meat, Blue = fish, Yellow = poultry, Green = vegetables or fruit, Brown = cooked meat, White = Dairy product (or general purpose). Commercially this coding is required by some health authorities (HACCP).  


The Natural Alturnative -

Wooden boards should be made from a renewable, softwood (for general cutting and chopping). Hardwoods are often preferred for presentation, as they can have end user appeal and aesthetics, usually because they can have interesting grain configurations.

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    Timberfood

Raw untreated boards must be prepared prior to use. Most raw softwood boards are kiln dried before manufacture, this keeps the timber stable during manufacturing process. The timber is left dry and vulnerable to moisture, therefore, it is imperative that the board has some protection prior to use. This protection can come in a variety of forms. The best form is to replace the natural oils that have been removed during the drying process. Unfortunately, most timber and food derived oils can leave a taste, odour or can go rancid that makes everything taste a little off. Scullerymade has solved this problem with "Timberfood". Timberfood is a clear, tasteless, non-toxic oil that feeds untreated timbers protecting them in day to day use. That said, it does not perform magic. If your boards are warped, split or discoloured Timberfood will not restore the wood back to new, however, it can help extend the life of a damaged board.   

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Cutting Boards 75mm. thick! and Timberfood
 
Timberfood should be used regularly during the initial usage. A good rule of thumb is rub in lightly to a dry board prior to use, treat all faces and ends of the board as equal, what you do to one side, should be done to the other, (even if only one side is used), do not bother if the board has not dried thoroughly, as Timberfood will only seal in the moisture and trap the problem! A dry board is one that has air dried at normal room temperature (not over a heating duct, oven or in direct sun behind a window). needless to say that dishwasher use is totally forbidden! Drying a board means that it should not be standing or laying on a wet surface. This is known as "wet feet" syndrome which creates different pressures on the timber when it is in a wet/dry state. The uneven pressures push and pull creating splitting or warping and can virtually destroy a board.  
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Bread Board with Crumb Catcher                 Gustation Boards

Washing; rinse down only and allow to dry on edge, ensuring that the edge that is resting on is not in a "pooled" stand of water. Best solution is a board rack, this storage rack not only stores your cutting boards on edge, allowing you to choose easily, but the rack is elevated so the board doesn't suffer from "wet feet" syndrome allowing air to naturally dry your valuable boards. cut_board_rack.jpg
No dishwashers please - ever!

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  Carving Boards with juice run & well        

With all wooden products, being a natural material, is subject to change, usually due to environment and conditions in which it is kept. Renewable, plantation, natural wooden boards are generally bonded with industrial strength, environmental and food safe glues. We go to extreme lengths to obtain the best available materials for our wooden boards, employing only experienced, well practised craftsmen that hand select straight and true timbers that are knot free. Scullerymade has employed timber consultants and timber component engineers to improve the quality of our natural timber boards. We have designed a unique jointing system for our multi-join boards.The system virtually triples the joint strength of regular boards which gives the product the best chances of a long and useful life.   

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 Beechwood  Boards 

Board Storage - Vertical Rack

Board Rack - A valuable tool for any kitchen. Store an assortment of boards timber or poly. The boards are stored on edge allowing air to circulate and dry and air naturally. Therefore, prohibiting bacteria to breed on the board surface and will help prevent mold developing. From a hygiene aspect - great! From a storage aspect - great!  From a retrieval aspect - great! ... Storage of oven sheets, trays or similar - GREAT!  

It is well known that the strength of bamboo is amazing. With the innovation of superior adhesives and the abundance of the material it has recently been a proposition to consider this as material for cutting boards. The main problem is that bamboo as such is a very hard fibrous material and when used flat or when a cutting board is made-up of long strips of bamboo the knife is cutting across the fibres and creating a resistance to the knife, therefore, dulling the knifes' cutting edge prematurely. Scullerymade has found that by using this highly fibrous material can be reconfigured to work with the knife edge instead of against it, hence, extending the life of the sharpened edge. 
Take a look at the examples below.

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                               End grain Bamboo (Extra thick) 

The user should be mindful that timber can "move", especially when exposed to moisture, heat and unexplained circumstances. The potential pressure from distorting or moving timber is enormous and can and will often delaminate glue joints exposing a gap usually at the exposed ends of the board. Furthermore, the same pressures can warp or actually split a piece of timber. All timber product are carefully inspected by our team to ensure the highest possible quality is delivered prior to sale, timber is a natural product and we cannot anticipate the end users treatment, preparation, washing practices, storage environments or natural movement of the timber. Therefore, please be advised that no warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied, accompanies any wooden products marketed by Scullerymade.

Timber - The Natural Alternative

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