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In the Kitchen

Are you looking for gifts for one of the cooks in your life? I have a number of spurtles. A spurtle was originally a stir stick for porridge. It's good for stirring sauces, tossing veggies while  a stir-frying or placing over top of a pot of pasta to prevent it from boiling over. Because spurtles are designed to scrape the sides of a pot I make them in right and left handed versions. Spurtles are available in Manitoba maple and walnut.

 

I've recently completed a course in letter carving and have a limited number of bread boards and cheese boards available. All are made from poplar. The bread boards are approximately 13" by 10". Cheese boards are approximately 9 1/4" by 5 3/4". Both bread and cheese boards are between 3/4 and 1 inch thick and come treated with mineral oil and Clapham's salad bowl finish both of which are food safe.

Hand wash all wooden kitchen tools in warm water with mild detergent. Rinse and dry them immediately. When they start to look dull apply a generous coat of mineral oil and wipe off the excess. Some people use only oil on their kitchen tools while others follow a fresh application of oil with a coat of food-safe wax. Clapham's salad bowl finish is a mixture of bee's and carnauba waxes and mineral oil.You can find mineral oil in the pharmacy section of food stores. The advantage of mineral oil is that it won't go rancid as other oils might. It isn't a tough finish but it's very easy to reapply when needed.

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