The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place that people congregate to enjoy each other’s company while enjoying wonderful food. In our home the kitchen is the place I make simple practical meals to nourish my family but I also strive to make food that makes them sigh with simple sweet delight.
Out of all the areas in my home I am most willing to invest in great quality tools is in the kitchen. Good tools in the kitchen, that are easy to care for and will last many years and even a lifetime, are priceless.
Cutting Boards: The workhorse of the kitchen.
The Practical, the Pleasing and the Pampered.
The Practical: The cutting board has been greatly simplified and neglected in many of our kitchens. The boards most common on the market only last a couple years before they are cut so deeply that they become a harbor for illness. We then replace them with a new board (usually long after they have heightened that risk of illness). That board then is run through the same cycle. So, what we view as practical is really just a cheap investment that ends up costing us much more in the long run.
An investment in a good hardwood board is a one-time expense that lasts a lifetime. The natural hardness combined with the antibacterial properties of the wood lend itself to a safe and long-lasting cutting surface. When the cuts make the surface rough, you simply take some fine grit sandpaper, rub the surface smooth, rinse, and coat with mineral oil. Waa LA! Your board is now just as beautiful as new and you don’t have the added expense that a new board brings.
Pleasing: I use my cutting boards daily. I want a tool that is efficient, the perfect size for the job and something pleasing to look at. I use wood vs. plastic for all the reasons I explain below (see Why Buy a Hardwood Cutting Board?) It pleases me to know that the board I am using will help me prep food safely. I also love the feel of wood as a prep surface.
Pampered: If you are a practical soul like me being pampered is the last thing on your list. Practical and Pleasing will always win out over pampered. However, if you have a chance to be a bit pampered then take it! The thing I love most about hardwood cutting boards is that they are practical, pleasing and make me feel pampered. I have one of our 3D “Qbert” cutting boards. I love it! It is practical but fun to use each day.
As you explore our cutting boards you can see that a practical hardwood board can be beautiful and functional. I love that a tool I use daily can bring a smile to my face because of its lovely design.
Why Buy a Hardwood Wood Cutting Board?
Wood cutting boards conceal less bacteria than plastic
- Dean O. Cliver, PhD from University of California, Davis, conducted research on this subject and found that wood cutting boards contained less salmonella bacteria than plastic. On wood cutting boards, the bacteria sank “down beneath the surface of the cutting board, where they didn’t multiply and eventually died off.”
Wood cutting boards can be resurfaced easily
- Wood cutting boards made from a hard wood, not bamboo, can be sanded and then refinished with food-safe mineral oil. This eliminates the need to completely replace a wood cutting board.
- Once a plastic cutting board has deeper cuts it should be replaced. When washing a plastic board with deep abrasions even a thorough washing will not fully clean deeper cuts.
Wood has a warmth that plastic doesn’t
- Though this doesn’t have to do with germs, the feel of wood is wonderful. When we are selling a fair or market people always feel compelled to touch the wood surfaces. Wood is inviting. Plastic…not so much.
The downside of wood…
- Any cutting board should be thoroughly washedwith warm water and a mild detergent directly after use and allowed to dry to prevent bacteria from growing. However, Wood cutting boards must be hand washed. Soaking wood cutting boards in water can cause swelling of the wood and will cause any glue holding them together to break down. Do not put a wood cutting board in the dishwasher.
- Wood Cutting Boards are heavier than cutting boards made out of other materials
Charcuterie Board and Cheese Board
There is a reason why the popular food shows put such an emphasis on displaying food beautifully. The eyes are an important factor in flavor. A gourmet meal wouldn’t taste the same if it was served on a paper plate. A wooden serving board with lovely colors and designs is a beautiful reveal as you have a repast of delightful foods.
Charcuterie is a term for prepared meat most commonly referring to platters of specialty meats eaten as an appetizer or snack. Speaking in basic terms, a charcuterie board has the meats as the centerpiece versus a Cheese Board that has cheeses as a centerpiece. However, both can have meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and spreads. It’s about textures, flavors and beauty.
The goal of a charcuterie or cheese board platter is to create a delightful repast that involves a pallet of flavors that delight the tongue and the spirit. Even though these beautiful foods speak for themselves, it would be a shame to gather all this beauty and display it on a plastic platter. Even simple charcuterie and cheese boards taste better when put on display.
Our cutting boards are not just for cutting. They also make a beautiful base for a charcuterie or cheese board display. Our American Flag Cutting Board and 3D design boards are a popular choice or there are many striking designs to choose from in our store (see 3D Boards, straight line or curved line cutting boards under Kitchen Items)
Want something similar to what we offer in the store? What you see is close to what you are looking for but not quite? We can make you a custom piece at a reasonable price that is perfect for your display.
The French Rolling Pin
I can’t count how many people have told me about the rolling pin they have that their grandmother also used to roll out pies or some kind of yummy pastry. Even those who don’t cook or bake treasure that rolling pin used by previous generations.
A quality made French rolling pin never needs to be replaced. Unlike modern tools on the market that are made to be replaced within a couple years, a quality hardwood rolling pin doesn’t have to be replaced. The same rolling pin that you used can be used by your grandchildren. The rolling pin captures the love that went into all those pies, rolls and even that play dough fun.
Our hardwood rolling pins are exquisite. If simplicity and beauty is what you are looking for the maple rolling pin is a perfect match. If you are looking for something more striking, than our 2-tone rolling pins are a perfect addition to your kitchen. The maple rolling pin is made from locally sourced wood and the 2-tone rolling pins are made with a mix of local and exotic woods.
Tampers, Mallets and Muddlers… Oh my…
What is a Tamper and Muddler used for?
The most basic answer: Pounding and packing.
A muddler is an essential bar tool that is designed to smash and mix (muddle) drink ingredients (such as mint or berries) or to crack ice cubes. Essentially, it is a bartender’s pestle. It needs to be the right size to fit into the average mixing glass. Our muddler has two sizes and rounded ends for use in different glass sizes and at 12 inches it is long enough for tall glasses.
Tampers have a similar job. However, we designed it specifically to be used with quart size canning jars. One of the problems with small batch fermenting in pint and quart size jars is that the opening makes it hard to push down the items in the jars. When fermenting and canning pickles the product needs to stay under the brine level. So, we designed our Tamper to tackle this job with ease. One side fits in a regular mouth jar and the other into a wide mouth jar. The middle is arched to allow for easy handing. Our tamper is perfect for small batch fermenting and canning. I love using it when canning pickles. It helps me rearrange the food in the jar without having to shove my hand in the opening.
Haven’t ever fermented before? There is lots of information out there to get started. Be brave and explore. Fermenting is not new. The earliest types were beer, wine and leavened breads (primarily by yeasts) and cheeses (made by bacteria and molds). These were soon followed by fermented foods such as pickles, yogurt, sauerkraut, vinegar, butter and many others. The recently popular ferment is kombucha. Ferments are great for a natural source of probiotics. There are many Fermenting specialists out there that will help guide you in your new adventure.
Also known as a meat mallet or meat pounder, this tool is not only relegated to flattening or tenderizing meat. Our kitchen Mallet is a handy tool for many tasks. With its long dowel shaped end and easy to hold handle it can be used for pounding, breaking up crackers and can even substitute for a small rolling pin. (My kitchen mallet has also done double duty and I have used it to pound in garden stakes.)
As you explore our store, we hope you enjoy all of the beautiful wood grains and designs. Please keep in mind that we are always adding new things and much of what we have added to our store is through customer request. We have more ideas then we have time to build. So don’t hesitate to send a custom order request to us at email@example.com