HOW TO: CLEAN YOUR FRANKFURTER BRETT
At first glance, the Frankfurter Brett (any model) looks much more complicated than it is - and the same goes for cleaning.
The container system can also be used for cleaning, which is a tangible advantage in everyday cleaning:
A container is filled with soapy water, leftovers of food on the board are thrown into the attached waste bin and the board is thoroughly scrubbed directly at the place - excess soapy water also flows into the waste bin after scrubbing.
The board no longer has to be carried to the sink to clean it. Over time, this new cleaning routine becomes ingrained and is simply fun compared to the cleaning of normal cutting boards in sinks that are too small.
Here is the procedure en detail, step by step:
01. THE DAILY DOSE OF LOVE - CLEANING AS YOU GO
1) EMPTY THE BRETT:
Dump leftover food/waste etc. into the still attached waste bin when the board is still assembled.
Thoroughly scrub the board with hot water and plenty of soap on spot with a pot sponge. Then scrape off the dirty soapy water with the help of the sponge into the attached waste bin.
Dismantle all remaining containers, put the waste into the bin and the containers into the dishwasher/sink.
4) LET DRY:
Dry the board thoroughly with the kitchen towel, pull out the front brackets if necessary and also put it into the dishwasher - as a rule, however, it is sufficient to wipe and dry the brackets briefly by hand.
5) FLIP REGULARLY
To prevent uneven usage, please flip the board regularly and use it as evenly as possible.
(Exemption BASIC, since it can only be used on one side. If your Basic needs maintenance, see below.)
02 PROFESSIONAL TIP: PEELING FOR THE BRETT
Sometimes the board absorbs smells for a short time - especially with garlic or onions.
A simple household remedy helps here, which can help in the short term (smells usually disappear after a few days by themselves):
1) PEELING PASTE:
Make a creamy paste from the juice of a fresh lemon and normal salt in the affected area directly on the board.
2) SCRUB LIKE THERE IS NO TOMOROW:
Distribute the paste with a pan sponge over the affected areas (usually the front working third) and scrub it thoroughly. This procedure actually has a similar effect to peeling: The top layer of the board is lightly sanded and deposits are removed, the lemon juice also neutralizes odours.
3) ALLOW TO DRY
Allow to dry overnight, then apply a layer of oil to the maltreated wood.
In principle, although wooden boards are more hygienic than plastic boards (here our article on the subject), foodstuffs such as raw meat or fish must also be classified as potentially dangerous foodstuffs in the private kitchen and should be strictly separated from vegetables and fruit.
In order to process meat (or also chili and garlic), we always recommend the use of a separate chopping board, for simplicity's sake made of plastic, which is simply placed on the Frankfurt board and can be put into the dishwasher afterwards. In this way, the various components can be kept separate and the container system of the Frankfurt board can still be used.
03 Cleaning the containers
The containers are easy to clean and basically indestructible.
If you wish to keep them good as new, there is one thing you want to know about:
The plastic-containers have a highly polished surface. If you use a pot-cleaning-sponge to clean them by hand, you will leave fine micro-scratches in the surface, which causes the surface to turn "blind" after a while.
This does not mean any real damage to the functionality, the container is just not as pretty anymore.
If this would bother you, you should only wipe the containers with a cloth and put it in the dishwasher afterwards.
And in case someone is wondering if we don't find it quite weird to write 2 DIN A4 pages for the cleaning of cutting boards: Yes, no question at all.
But it's also a bit cool - after all, it's not a normal cutting board.