The butcher block cutting board as it is typically referred consists of a laminated slab of wood that is comprised with end grain edges. It has existed for ages and was derived in the 19thcentury when old-fashioned butchers implemented it into their meat cutting routines. As time progressed, the notoriety and use of the butcher block expanded and by the year 1940 butcher cutting blocks were commonly used in butcher shops, restaurants, and food stores around America. Presently butcher block has been implemented into a significant variety of kitchen uses from butcher block countertops, tables, and most popularly- wooden kitchen cutting boards.
Butcher Block Wood Cutting Boards
The popularity and wide use of butcher block wood cutting boards can be attributed to the durability and sturdiness of them to withstand continuous chops, nicks, and slices from sharp precision knives, cleavers, and chopping blades. These cutting boards consist of end grains which take on a rectangular shape and transpire into an extremely hard surface that allow the forceful inertia and action of the knife blade to be absorbed by the fibrous grains of the wood.
Care of Butcher Block Cutting Boards
When you have purchased a butcher block cutting board it is of the utmost importance that you coat it or ‘season’ it to protect it from absorbing harmful bacteria into its surface. By seasoning the butcher block you also prevent it from extracting odors from foods that have penetrated the surfaces of the cutting board’s wood. You should always use mineral oils made for butcher blocks or the traditional standard- mineral oil. NEVER use vegetable, canola, or olive oils as your seasoning as these will produce a rancid odor after time, can alter food’s taste, and make your cutting board unusable.
You can season your butcher block cutting board very easily. Just first heat up a full cup of either mineral or butcher block oil for about 30 seconds in the microwave. But be careful as this oil is hot and will burn you! Then pour the entire cup full of oil onto the butcher block cutting board. Give the oil time to penetrate into the wood’s surface (usually about 15 minutes.) If it is a larger cutting board, it may require more oil than merely a cup. After the cutting board has absorbed as much oil as possible, you can use a soft cloth to wipe it down. You should season your butcher block at least once a month to keep it nice looking and long lasting
Besides being beneficial for safe kitchen use and as an effective surface for chopping, cutting, and preparing food, butcher block wood cutting boards offer homeowners a versatile and appealing addition to their kitchen designs. Alongside their capabilities of withstanding use in commercial kitchens, their sturdy end grain thickness, superior performance, and space allowance are all impressive features of choosing this as a cutting board option.