For another collector, Staci House Thompson, the cutting boards remind her of her father, Frank House. A professional baseball player, Frank was known from childhood by his nickname, “Pig.” “About 10 years ago after my father passed away I started buying them in memory of him,” Staci says.
No matter the size or shape of these hard-working boards, they have become a kitchen staple that’s just as often seen as decorative, making them a delightful gift for a collector or would-be collector.
Caring for your Boards
❊ Never place wooden cutting boards in the dishwasher.
❊ Wash wooden boards with soap and hot water after using, and allow them to air-dry.
❊ Sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board periodically, and rub with a sliced lemon. Rinse well with hot water.
❊ To help keep the board from cracking, apply a small amount of food-grade mineral oil, using a clean, lint-free cloth. (Do not use olive or vegetable oils because they will turn rancid.) Reapply until the wood stops absorbing the oil, and wipe off the excess. Let the board dry overnight before using.