The pizza board is made out of maple while the other two are from reclaimed oak. Mitch stained the shorter one with coffee and coated the other two with mineral oil. The oil darkens the boards up a bit and also prevents the wood from drying out. It's food-safe so it's a perfect choice for this job. You don't want to use any vegetable-based oils on boards since they can turn rancid. I'll be sure to rub oil on the boards occasionally to keep them in tiptop shape.
I love that they're all different shades.
While Mitch was researching about making bread boards, he learned that wooden boards are actually very sanitary. Despite what people used to think (including myself), bacteria doesn't survive on wooden surfaces for more than a couple minutes and are actually much more safe than plastic boards. According to a study done by the University of Wisconsin, when contaminated boards were left unwashed overnight at room temperature, bacterial counts increased on the plastic, but none of the organisms could be recovered from the wooden boards the next morning. Interesting, isn't it?
And here's the little one in action.
These were my favorite gifts this year. I think it's so cool that Mitch made them for me. Did you have any homemade gifts given to you? What was your favorite gift this Christmas?