Cutting boards at their core are designed for food preparation; which includes cutting, smashing, even pulverizing. It’s important to keep them up to the task by making sure they’re properly cleaned and sanitized. Continue reading to learn the proper way to clean cutting boards to keep them looking like new, while preventing cross-contamination in your kitchen.
Butcher block cutting boards are made up of end grains, meaning the board’s surface consists of exposed wood fibers. Butcher block cutting boards are resistant to nicks and scratches and even self-heal over time, as the fibers will push back into place.
Techniques to Clean Cutting Boards
Always wash your cutting board by hand only. Use anti-bacterial dish soap and warm water. If the cutting board is small enough, it is recommended to wash both sides.
You can add a small amount of bleach or vinegar (a teaspoon per gallon of water) to the water for extra bacteria killing power. You can also rub the block with a half a lemon to kill bacteria.
Never put a wood cutting board into the dishwasher. Wood is porous and moisture will seep in to it and damage the board.
After washing, thoroughly dry the cutting board. If possible, allow the block to dry standing up on edge to help the block dry properly and prevent warping.
Preparing Valentines Day Dinner can be stressful, but with the right food preparation surface and advice your meal can be a success.
The first step in preparing Valentine’s day dinner is to select the recipes you want to make as an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choose something that you and your date will both enjoy and that you have confidence to make to ease stress.
Allrecipes provides plenty of appetizer inspiration, from crab-stuffed mushrooms to brie cheese fondue. Country Living offers over 40 romantic dinner recipe ideas like butternut squash ravioli, bucatini with winter pesto, pancetta and brussel sprouts linguine and more. The Food Network made a list of decadent chocolate desserts perfect for the holiday, like chocolate raspberry mousse candy cake and chocolate cheesecake.
Once you have selected the recipes you are going to make and purchase all of the ingredients, it is best to ensure that you have all of the tools you need for preparation. The most important tool is the surface that you will be using to prepare the food.
Grothouse solid wood butcher blocks are the surface preferred by top chefs at home and in restaurants. Butcher blocks are very hard surfaces and knives keep their edge far better because the blade slides between the wood fibers much like cutting into a firm brush. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is a heavy weight pure mineral oil used for lasting protection that is food safe and hypoallergenic. It does not contain any Tung oils. You can prepare your meal with no concerns if your date has any nut allergies.
One of the best ways to prepare Valentines day dinner is by cooking together! It is a fun and romantic way to start the evening and enjoy each other’s company. Together, you can start the night by preparing a delicious meal and end it by enjoying it together!
Cutting boards crafted by Grothouse make the perfect unique personalized gifts for anyone – including family, friends, and even clients – because they can be customized for anyone’s taste and budget.
Designing Cutting Boards for Unique Personalized Gifts
Designing cutting boards is easy when they are crafted by Grothouse because they can include a multitude of features – including laser engraving, edge profiles, and more.
Anything can be engraved into a cutting board crafted by Grothouse. This is a major reason as to why they are such great gifts for clients. A company logo can be engraved as well as the client’s name if desired. Showcase Kitchens designed this cutting board to feature their company logo.
The Fisher Group designed the cutting board featured below to include their company logo in the upper left hand corner and “Habitable Art” in a different font style in the bottom right hand corner. This design is clever because it is not only personal, but also leaves plenty of space on the surface for food preparation.
A special quote or design can be engraved on the cutting board for a family member or friend. The design does not have to be engraved on the top of the board. Designs can be engraved on the sides or even the back of the cutting board. One client had a cutting board custom crafted for their sister with engraving of their sister’s name on the front side.
Custom cutting boards make for great event giveaway gifts as well. Cutting boards can be purchased in bulk and prepared for your event. Engrave the cutting board with event information or add a ribbon with a nice tag to each board that is given away. Grothouse has crafted cutting boards for events by House Beautiful magazine, Lehigh Valley Style magazine, and many more.
Juice grooves can also be engraved into any cutting board. Juice grooves are a great feature because they collect fluids from cutting meat, vegetables and fruits to avoid drippings onto the floor or countertop. Juice grooves can be added in a simple design, like along the edges of the cutting board, or they can be added as a more complex design like the tree pictured below.
Cutting boards can be custom crafted out of any wood specie. By choosing a cutting board crafted by Grothouse, you know you are receiving a board built out of the finest quality wood, no matter the specie.
To keep the overall appearance of the wood cutting board simple, choose a classic edge profile like the Roundover. For a more dramatic appearance choose an edge profile like the Roman Notch or the Perlen.
Per request, Grothouse can add feet to the bottom of the cutting board to sit on so that it does not scratch the surface it is placed on and so that the board itself does not scratch.
Wood Cutting Board Finish
Compliment the cutting board with a bottle of Grothouse Original Oil™. Our oil is the best wood cutting board finish for keeping the wood properly maintained. The finish is hypoallergenic and contains no Tung oils, permitting the entertainment of guests with no worries of nut allergies. It is also fragrance free and color free. When applied to the board, the wood may appear darker at first. Over time the color will appear lighter, as it looked before the oil was applied. Cutting boards should be oiled on a regular basis, depending on the amount of use and the environment it is typically stored in. Cutting boards need to be oiled when they appear visually dry.
If you are interested in designing Unique Personalized Gifts crafted by Grothouse, request a quote by clicking here. Please contact us if you have any questions about our custom cutting boards!
At Grothouse, we refer to wood surfaces crafted in End Grain construction as Butcher Blocks. According to Wikipedia, Butcher block, or butcher’s block, is a style of assembled wood used as heavy duty chopping blocks, table tops, and cutting boards.
The Evolution of Butcher Blocks
The history of wood butcher blocks is not defined. Some say the use of a butcher block first originated in China. Others say that wood has been used in the preparation of food since the prehistoric ages. Butchers used tree rounds to carve meat on. The rounds were often too soft and they rapidly became unsanitary.
Throughout the centuries, mankind evolved and started creating machines. When the circular saw was invented, nicer, cleaner slabs of wood were cut and used as cutting boards. Since soft wood was the most available type of wood at the time, it was the material of choice to be used for cutting boards.
The boards were made smaller since the slab of wood could now be cut to any desired size. Since they were made smaller, they were also used to eat off of and some people referred to them as trenchers. Trenchers were originally pieces of stale hard bread that were used as substitute plates. Wood trenchers quickly became the replacements of the eatable dinnerware.
Hard wood butcher blocks were the preferred choice of the butcher industry. They were made to be extremely thick and durable, so durable in fact, that a butcher could use the same block for almost his entire career.
One fact remains true, butcher blocks have been used in butcher shops for centuries, and still are in many European countries today, as well as in homes for the use of food preparation.
The most common use for a wood surface is a wood cutting board counter top. This is because wood surfaces can be easily sanded and renewed of knife marks caused from food preparation.
Wood tops can be crafted in flat, edge, or end grain construction style. End grain construction style is considered to be the best surface for cutting, chopping, and direct food preparation. Knives stay sharper longer on these surfaces because the edge slips between the fibers rather than slicing across them.
However, the most important requirement in order to be used as a cutting board is that the wood counter top must be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. When the knife marks are made in the wood top, the surface can be sanded and refinished with the oil to look like new.
Wood Cutting Board Counter Top Design Inspiration
LS Lindstrom LLC designed this Wenge wood counter top crafted in edge grain construction. This counter top can be used as a cutting board because it is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. The wood counter makes for a great food preparation space due to the clever placement of the sink. Easily transfer freshly washed fruits and vegetables from the cleaning area to the food prep area.
Blue Bell Kitchens designed this Walnut wood cutting board counter top crafted in end grain construction. This cutting board includes a trash hole for easy clean up after food preparation.
Visit our Houzz profile to view more designs with a wood cutting board counter top.
As decorating styles evolve and diversify, Grothouse continues to expand its product choices. The Trencher Cutting Board is a uniquely crafted working surface exclusively available at Grothouse.
The gradual sloped design collects juices in the well at the back of the board—and away from the work area—making it a popular choice for slicing watermelon, citrus and carving meat. The ascending wall keeps flying vegetables, like carrots, at bay and confined to the cutting surface.
The trencher reverses to a flat surface, perfect for slicing bread or serving hors d’oeuvres. The flat reverse side of the cutting board can also be used for general chopping and prepping tasks.
Trencher Cutting Board Specifications
The Trencher measures to be 15 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Only weighing 6 pounds, it can be easily transported from one area to another. The wood species is Sapele Mahogany. It has red and brown tones with iridescent stripes for a truly remarkable appearance.
The trencher can be cleaned with mild soap and water. It is important to periodically oil the trencher with Grothouse Original Oil™to ensure the surface is properly moisturized. To learn how to properly oil the cutting board, read the instructions here.
Trencher Cutting Boards can include Laser Engraving. Anything can be laser engraved, from pictures to logos to words, the possibilities are limitless. The text ‘The Grothouse Lumber Company’ in the trencher pictured was strategically placed at the end of the cutting board so that no crumbs get stuck in the engraving.
This feature allows you to truly customize your trencher. Many designers use laser engraved cutting boards for Christmas gifts, charitable donations, and much more.
A classically designed cutting and serving board storage system, The Butcher Block Prestige Chef Box™ is designed to fill all of your kitchen food preparation and food presentation needs. The Prestige Chef’s Box includes a series of cutting boards, all fashioned with custom features for culinary endeavors, stored beautifully in a solidly built case.
Prestige Chef Box | The Cutting Boards:
The standard cutting board size is 1-3/8″ thick x 16-1/4” deep and 18-1/8″ wide. The cutting boards are crafted in edge grain construction. The boards can be ordered in any of the wood species we offer. The depth and width can be adjusted to meet your specifications. Clients can customize the topography of each board based on the intended use. The cutting board pictured below includes juice grooves around the outside of the board and in the center of the board creating an image of a tree. Juice grooves are great for carving meat because all of the juices collect in the grooves, allowing a clean preparation space.
Prestige Chef Box | The Case:
A hand made, all solid hardwood box is custom designed to hold your size and number of cutting boards. The case is assembled with box joint joinery. The case can be ordered in any of the species of wood we offer and will be automatically sized to fit the number of cutting boards and size of cutting boards you specify. The typical thickness of the box walls are 3/4″. You can choose a 3 drawer or 5 drawer configuration. Rubber feet are standard and will be installed on the bottom of the case.
Prestige Chef Box | Finish:
The standard finish for the cutting boards is Grothouse Original Oil™. Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish is not recommend for the cutting boards. This is because most food preparation applications include cutting or chopping, which would scratch the finish.
The cutting boards are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. You will need to care for the cutting boards by oiling them. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of once a week for the first month after you receive your box and monthly thereafter. The frequency will vary based on the environment and amount of use. The boards should be oiled when they appear visually dry.
» Letting a board dry out because of a lack of oil is the #1 cause of problems of cutting boards. Oiling will help keep that beautiful sheen and create the desired patina. It will also prevent cracking.
» You can wash your surface by hand using anti-bacterial dish soap and warm water. If required, add a small amount of bleach or vinegar to water for extra bacteria killing power.
» Use a steel scraper to keep the top free of food build-up. When required you can use 220 grit sandpaper to keep the top smooth and free of knife marks. For deeper cuts, start with 150 grit sandpaper and then use to 220 grit sandpaper to finish. Always oil the top after sanding.
» Do not expose cutting boards to excessive heat, cold or moisture! Never put in a microwave or dishwasher. Never place on stove burners.
» The Durata® case can be cleaned with soap and water; furniture polish may also be used if desired.
» Please allow 30 days for the Durata® Finish to fully harden after receipt of your box.
You can learn more information about the Prestige Chef’s Box on our website. To order your very own, Request a Quote.