Our wood platters, like any other products made from an organic material such as wood, have natural antibacterial properties - they suck in moisture from your food along with some good ole bacteria. Before you panic (because we know you started to), we have put together some proper care tips to keep your platters safe, fresh and lasting.
\\One Platter, One Job
First of all, it’s important to know that cross contamination is real and potentially dangerous, especially for boards that are being used as cutting boards and not just as serving platters. To illustrate, if you cut raw meat on a board, and then proceed to cut up some pineapples on the same board, there is a risk of getting bacteria from the raw meat unto the pineapple and this could be harmful.
Note that this is an issue if you are cutting AND serving on the same platter. If you are only serving cooked meals on your platter, there’s nothing to worry about. As such, it is advisable to have more than one platter for your different food needs.
We have developed a diverse platter family with different platter sizes and shapes that would be great for a diverse set of needs - cutting vs serving, vegetables and fruits vs meat, etc. In addition, our S\\B platters are treated and polished on both sides and as such, you can choose to dedicate one side to cutting and food prep, and the other side to serving. Visit our online store to check out the S\\B Food Platter range!
\\ Clean and Sanitize Right
Secondly, treat your wooden platters as you would treat your skin - wash it right, dry it right, moisturise it right and watch it glow.
Wash your platters by hand with warm, soapy water. Constant contact with heat and water can damage your wooden platter and cause it to bend and crack. Thus, using dishwashers are not advisable. Not only will it be difficult to chop/serve food on a warped board, but cracks in the wood are a breeding ground for bacteria, mould and other microbes that feed on trapped food particles and water.
If the platter has been exposed to raw meat, you can sanitise the platter after it has been washed by making a solution of one teaspoon of vinegar and 4 teaspoons of water and leave to dry.
It is also worth noting that you should sanitise your kitchen sponge/rag/brush after you’ve used it to scrub your platter to avoid the risk of contaminating the next thing you wash. Or better yet, keep a separate kitchen sponge/rag/brush for your wooden platters.
\\ Drying it Completely
Air drying your wooden platters thoroughly is essential to keeping them food safe. Bacteria need moisture to grow, and you really don’t want to give them a welcoming environment. After washing, you can pat dry with a paper towel and let them air dry completely in a well ventilated part of your kitchen.
As mentioned before, extreme heat causes wood to bend so placing your wooden platter in direct sunlight for a long period of time can disfigure your platter. The outer sides of wood, the sapwood (usually the lighter parts of a piece of wood), looses moisture faster than the centre of the wood, the heartwood (conversely, usually the darker parts of a piece of wood). However, don’t panic if you start to see your wooden platter bending. You can wrap the wooden platter in a damp towel and place heavy weights such as a stack of books on the bent spot. Leave it to sit for 2 - 3 days. This method is effective because whilst the wooden board is being expanded by the water, the weight is bending it back into place.