Caring for your Board


Newly crafted boards absorbing their first coat of oil applied to the edges

Just made board butter cooling in jars.

Just made board butter cooling in jars.


Each board is unique in its type and its history: Length and manner of drying, exposure to sun and water (or mud); age since being cut; type of wood.

To get you started, each board comes with hand- made board butter: Beeswax courtesy of my bees, with mineral oil.

STORE your beautiful board vertically, away from light and heat. Or, hang on wall!

OIL the board as soon as you get it home, then periodically, depending on use; at least once a month. Use food-safe oil (walnut, grapeseed, mineral, coconut), especially the ends where the drying starts; Some oils such as olive oil may become rancid or moldy so are not recommended. You can purchase compounds online such as Walrus Oil or Boos Butcher Block oil. Use these oils on all your wooden kitchen tools!

KEEPING your 5 Cow Farm Board oiled will reduce its absorption of food, liquids, and food odors, and ease cleaning; wetting and drying cycles, which can cause cracks or splits in wood, will be minimized. The more oil applied, the more protection. Since some of the oil is picked up by the food and ingested, make sure to use a food-grade oil. 

CLEAN with warm water and mild soap, dry by hand; Do not immerse or leave in water.To eliminate an odor, scrub salt into board using half a lemon, then rinse.

SAND: If wood fibers ever become raised or discolored due to liquids, sand effected area (going in the direction of the grain) with fine sandpaper, then oil. Or bring to me! For a nominal fee I will refresh your board.

Unwarp: If your board ever becomes warped you usually can solve this by placing the board concave side up on a counter overnight.Moisture, heat and sunlight all will affect the shape of a board as they cause it to dry unevenly.


For more on this:

How to clean your board

How do you maintain a wooden cutting board

How to Oil and Maintain Cutting Boards