All of our wood items are sourced from local acacia farms (all with legal logging permits) in Pangasinan and handcrafted by real people in the Cordilleras. You are ensured that all trees that are cut down are replaced with new trees, acacia being one of the trees that take significantly less to fully grow.
We don’t use lacquer or any plastic-based varnish. Although that substance protects wood from most bacteria, wear and tear, varnish, in time, chips off and goes to your food and down the drain. Yuck! Instead, all our dinnerware is finished with plain food-grade mineral oil.
We had been regularly using varnish-free wooden dinnerware, with our parents and grandparents even attesting that they had been using theirs for three decades or so. So how do we take care of our wooden dinnerware?
How do I wash my wooden dinnerware?
Use a gentle dishwashing soap to wash your plates immediately after use. For tougher food particles, you may sprinkle coarse salt over the plate and rub with half a lemon/calamansi (also good for eliminating smells and oily residue) Dry your plates and bowls on a rack sideways, never flat, to make sure that the moisture does not settle on the bottom.
How do I make my wooden dinnerware last?
Every once in a while, let’s say three months, rub your wooden dinnerware down with a food-safe oil (mineral oil works best, but if you do not like the idea of using petroleum byproducts in your everyday life, you may use other food-safe oils.) This refreshes the plate’s finish.
My plates and bowls look dry.
As with the tip above, rub your plates and bowls down with any food-grade oil of your choice. Other than mineral oil, we can also recommend tung oil, linseed oil, or walnut oil. Other oils such as olive oil or coconut oil will work, but will turn rancid over a shorter period of time, unlike the previously stated oils that do not turn rancid at all.
Wood must be really prone to bacteria, right?
No actually, plastic is more prone to bacteria. Studies have shown that bacteria does get absorbed into wood especially chopping blocks but due to the natural properties of wood once dry, the bacteria then dies down. Bacteria settling in the knife-indentations on plastic chopping blocks however, are impossible to remove and multiply over time.
My wooden dinnerware appears to have brown fuzzy dust-like patches. Is this mold?
It is normal for acacia wood especially when untreated. As per our makers, this is only superficial and can be wiped down. Just wash your plates and they will be gone. Also don’t forget to keep the wood in a well-ventilated area and to rub down with oil every once in a while.
How do I remove the wood-y smell from my wooden dinnerware?
Of course it smells like wood, because it is wood. Please do not expect our wooden dinnerware to smell like melamine, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, or metal. The natural smell goes away over time as you use and wash the plates daily, but we cannot guarantee that the smell will be gone completely, because the fact remains, the item is still made of wood. All materials used (wood and oil finish) are food-safe, and the wooden smell will not poison you or your family.