Product Care for Kitchen Items
- Dust it regularly with a soft cloth
- Clean it occasionally with a very mild detergent and warm water; let it air dry.
- Avoid exposing the wood to extreme temperature or humidity changes and direct sunlight
- Apply a coat of beeswax, mineral oil, or olive oil to maintain natural color and protect from scratches
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials
- Do not put Walnut wood in the dishwasher or microwave.
- Clean it regularly with a soft cloth and warm water, and avoid using detergents or soaps.
- Dry thoroughly or air dry after cleaning to prevent water damage.
- To maintain the wood's natural color and protect it from drying out, you can occasionally apply a food-safe oil such as mineral oil or olive oil.
- Avoid exposing the wood to extreme temperature or humidity changes and direct sunlight.
- Do not put olive wood in the dishwasher or microwave
Lemonwood utensils can be cared for in a few simple ways to keep them looking and functioning at their best. Here are some tips:
- Hand-wash your lemon wood utensils with warm, soapy water after each use. Avoid soaking them in water or putting them in the dishwasher, as this can cause them to crack or warp.
- Dry your utensils thoroughly after washing them. Use a clean dish towel or let them air dry on a dish rack.
- Avoid using harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners on your lemon wood utensils, as these can damage the wood and strip it of its natural oils.
- Oil your utensils occasionally to keep them from drying out. Apply a small amount of oil to a clean cloth and rub it on the utensil's surface. Use food-grade mineral oil, walnut oil, or another food-safe oil.
- Store your lemon wood utensils in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing them in a damp environment, as this can promote mold and bacteria growth.
By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your lemon wood utensils last for many years to come.
Market Baskets and Bread & Fruit Baskets
- Clean the basket with a damp cloth: To remove dirt or stains, use a damp cloth to wipe down the basket. Avoid using soap or harsh cleaning chemicals, as this can damage the natural fibers and colors of the basket.
- Air dry the basket: After cleaning, allow the basket to air dry completely before using or storing it. Avoid exposing the basket to direct sunlight, as this can cause fading and discoloration.
- Avoid exposing the basket to moisture: While Moroccan market baskets are made to be durable, they can still be damaged by exposure to moisture. Keep the basket away from water, rain, and high-humidity areas to prevent mildew and mold growth.
- Store the basket properly: When not in use, store the basket in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of the basket, as this can cause it to lose its shape over time.
By following these simple care tips, you can keep your Moroccan market basket looking beautiful and functional for years to come.
Tagine Curing and Seasoning
It is highly recommended, if not mandatory, that you season your tagine before initial use. Please follow these simple instructions below for maximum results.
- The new Tagine needs to be first submerged in water for 12 hours.
- Let it dry in open air for 48-72 hours before you cure it in the oven
- After it’s fully dry, rub the inside of the base and lid with olive oil.
- Put in a cold oven and set temperature at 350F and leave it for 2 to 2.5 hours
- Please do not add cold water on a hot tagine during cooking. Tagines cannot resist such thermo shocks and can easily crack.
Start cooking with low heat until you see that your tagine is warm. Then proceed with medium heat and do not increase the heat too high, keep it at a steady/stable temperature all the way.
It is recommended that you hand wash your tagine and leave it to dry flat. Do not leave it submerged in soapy water. NO MICROWAVE and NOT DISHWASHER SAFE.
Tagines sometimes may look chipped on the sides or the top. As tagines are being fired in traditional kilns, they may stick to each other and they are hand separated, which leaves the impression of a chip. Please understand that this is a normal occurrence and in no way is a defect. These tagines are hand-made using basic tools and in somewhat primitive conditions. Small imperfections, such as tight fits and natural color variations are to be expected and valued as part of the non-industrial beauty of the product.
Most tagines do not have a hole punched on the lid and its presence makes no difference.