WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Butcher Blocks come in all shapes and sizes and are an amazing work area in your kitchen.
Hardwood Butcher Blocks should be just that... Hardwood, and a true Butcher block is solid wood.
A butcher block should be considered an investment so you want to be sure you are making a good investment so here are some things to look for when making your purchase.
1. Is the block edge grain or end grain?
The construction of a Butcher Block is very important for its functionality and your satisfaction.
Whether you are looking to purchase cutting board size, island size or a full Butcher Block counter top there are 2 ways it can be constructed.
Edge grain: most blocks that we build are edge grain, they are very functional, they "heal" well and are beautiful. Edge grain construction is less expensive than end grain.
End grain is most expensive but also has the most "healing" abilities.
2. What is the finish on the block?
True Butcher Blocks are sold either unfinished or finished with mineral oil or a mineral oil/ bees wax combination. These are the only finishes that should be used.
An unfinished block must be cared for with one of the above finishes in order to keep it in good working order.
3. What glue was used for the laminations?
Since your block will be used primarilary for food preparation it is important the glue used is FDA approved. We use only TITE BOND 111.
CARE OF YOUR BUTCHER BLOCK:
True Butcher Blocks need to be cared for regularly, it is important that maintanence is kept up or the block will have the opportunity to warp or crack from drying out.
When you first purchase your block, wipe it on all sides with mineral oil or Elixer (mineral oil/ bees wax), let it soak in for about 2 hrs. Wipe off the excess.
Each time you use your block wipe it off with mild soap and a damp cloth, Hardwood has natural bacteria fighting properties so disinfectant or harsh soaps are not needed.
Your board requires moisture so your home environment will play a vital role in the maintanence of your board, winter months will require more upkeep, heat from your stove, dry air or moisture in the air will all affect the board.
For more information, please use the contact form and we will be happy to assit you!