Congratulations on purchasing your Hawequas wood board! We trust that you will enjoy endless happy years with our product, and in the process create memories and moments beyond your greatest expectations. We love our board products – we use them everyday in our own home – and our hope is that yours will also become an integral part of your everyday life.
All Hawequas products across all our ranges are made with love, dedication and attention to the finest details. We use only the finest imported and local lumber, safe in the knowledge that they were sourced from responsibly managed and sustainable forests, and we carefully select each and every piece of wood that goes into our products.
Only the best wood glues are used during construction, as well as the purest food-safe mineral oil and beeswax in the final finishing touches. You can rest assured that we have poured all our love and craftsmanship into every single product.
WOOD - THE NATURAL CHOICE FOR EVERY KITCHEN
Apart from just being gorgeous, wood is by far the best natural material for chopping boards, cutting boards and serving plates. Wood is very kind to all cutting blades and the wood’s gentle give ensures that blades remain sharper for longer. Wood is also remarkably safe as bacteria has a low survival rate on a well-kept wooden board. The worn effect of a well-used board conjures up nostalgic images of great times, great food and cherished moments with family and friends. A kitchen with a variety of wood boards is definitely a warm and inviting space.
CLEANING YOUR WOOD BOARD
Contrary to popular belief, cleaning your wood board is not a schlep at all! Although wood boards require a little more effort and care to clean, they are always the preferred material of professional chefs and home cooks. Just follow these simple guidelines, and you will enjoy many years of great service from your wood board.
STEP 1: CLEAN IT PROPERLY
Immediately after use, rinse your board with warm water and soap. That’s right – don’t be afraid to get it wet! To ensure that you get the surface properly clean, you can also use a brush with firm bristles if a cloth or sponge is not enough to remove any stubborn remains on the board.
Never soak your wood board! If you leave the board in water too long, the wood will start absorbing water, and this may lead to warping, cracking and/or splitting.
And last but not least – never put your wood board in a dishwasher. Never!
STEP 2: REMOVE STAINS AND ODORS
Once you’ve washed your wood board you may want to remove any remaining stains or odors. Personally, I prefer to rub a board with salt and half a lemon. This will eliminate any odors and also kill off any remaining bacteria on the board. You can also use vinegar or a baking soda paste to achieve the same results. Gently scrub the board, and then wipe it clean.
STEP 3: LET IT DRY
To ensure that your board bounces back properly from the exposure to the warm water, wipe it dry with a cloth and then store it upright in such a manner that all sides dry evenly. Resting your board on a flat surface will cause the board to dry uneven, which may lead to warping, splitting and cracking.
STEP 4: GIVE IT SOME LOVE!
A little board oil and a little pampering will ensure that your board stays in great shape for years. Simply apply a thin layer of food-safe mineral oil every now and then to keep the wood nourished. How often? A heavily used board will require a little bit of oiling at least once a week, but other than that your board will be happy with a little oil once a month. For new boards I always follow the following rule:
One a day for a week. Once a week for a month. Once a month for a year.
Easy to remember, right?!
Occasionally, you can also treat your wooden board to a proper conditioning by applying a good wood conditioner. These are normally made up of mineral oil and beeswax, and will not only give your board a nice shiny finish, but it will also seal the board and protect it from odors and stains.
REVIVING AN AGEING BOARD
Through the years your board will start to show some wear and tear – or character, as I like to call it. Nothing says “loved” like cutting marks on a wood board, and you surely don’t want to just chuck it into the bin.
To revitalize an ageing board, I use soft aluminium oxide sanding pads of 150 and 400 grit to gently and progressively sand the board surface and get rid of the worst nicks and scars. Once sanded, ensure that you thoroughly oil the board with numerous coats of mineral oil, and finish it of with a couple of layers of wood conditioner. Your board will be as good as new, but with all the character of the years!