Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD, CID of Roomscapes, Inc.
About the Designer: Principal Designer and owner of Roomscapes, Inc., designing kitchens and baths, laundry rooms, bars, wine rooms, etc.
About the Designer: Don’t be afraid to mix materials.
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.
Butcher block knife slots are a popular feature selected for kitchen counters. Knife slots are built-in knife storage custom crafted into a wood butcher block countertop.
The term “butcher block” is used by Grothouse when referring to wood countertops built in end grain construction style. End grain is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for food preparation. Knives stay sharper longer when used on butcher blocks because the knife blades slide between the wood fibers, much like cutting into a firm brush. An additional benefit is that butcher blocks don’t show knife marks as readily as wood countertops crafted in edge grain or flat grain construction. Knife slots can be integrated into a butcher block crafted out of any wood specie available at Grothouse.
Knife slots free counter space by eliminating the need for a knife block. They are designed so that knives are easily accessible, but also safely tucked away so that young children cannot reach them.
Knife slots take many different forms, from a single slot to a series of slots that fit different size knives. Knife slots designed to be one long singular slot are more universal, as they fit different size knives. Designing butcher blocks with knife slots of different sizes may be a problem if you change your knife set in the future. Removable knife slots are also available and can be replaced with another piece when you update your knife set.
Designs with Butcher Block Knife Slots
Cabinets Plus designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block to include knife slots. The knife slots were cleverly placed behind the sink, making the knives easily accessible but also out of the way as to not interrupt the food prep space.
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!
Butcher block stations are custom crafted to turn any kitchen into a veritable work horse. The best stations function as both mobile food preparation spaces and storage centers.
The surface area is a butcher block countertop crafted out of solid wood in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is preferred by chefs because it keeps knives sharp and can be sanded down and oiled to look like new. Butcher block countertops are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.
The ultimate butcher block station was designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011. Crafted in all solid wood construction, the station features custom laser engraving on the front face of the butcher block. The butcher block also features one long integrated knife slot, keeping knives out of the way but easily accessible.
The base of the station includes five drawers for convenient storage, each 150 lb rated undermount drawer slides with soft close. 500 lb rated casters for heavy duty use were installed to enable the station to be mobile.
Placed in front of a handy message board, this movable kitchen island station designed by TRK Design Company has a 6″ solid Lyptus wood butcher block engraved with the name of the farm estate.
While butcher block stations are often designed to be mobile, they can also be built into a kitchen island or perimeter kitchen countertops. The Walnut butcher block pictured above was designed by Blue Bell Kitchens. The butcher block is rabbeted into the granite countertop and features a waste hole, enabling food scraps to be easily thrown away by removing the stainless steel lid.
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Parker explains that what sets one space apart from another is often not a big, grand gesture, but rather a small, thoughtful addition that stays with you even after you’ve left the room.
Chopping stations create the ultimate food preparation area and are often located near the range. End grain butcher block countertops are the chef-preferred surface material for chopping stations. This construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps their blades sharp. In addition, butcher blocks tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning and re-oiling.
Kitchen Designs with Chopping Stations
Stonington Cabinetry & Designs selected a Walnut butcher block for the chopping station in this bright, white transitional kitchen. Matching the Walnut wood kitchen island, this chopping block is conveniently located across from the sink and near the range.
Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens cleverly designed a Wenge butcher block chopping station to be located parallel to the range. Kate explained, “The Wenge butcher block is not only practical, but adds another layer of texture and interest to this mostly monotone kitchen.”
Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block for a food prep station in between the sink and the cooktop. The butcher block adds warmth and ties in the flooring and floating shelves.
Designing a chopping station for your kitchen can make the space one-of-a-kind. To learn more about end grain butcher blocks, click here. Be sure to follow Grothouse on Instagram for daily design inspiration.
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.
Grothouse Wood Polish™ is the best polish for moisturizing and concealing minor scratches on cabinetry, furniture, and Grothouse Wood Surfaces with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.
Our wood polish is a hand mixed, organic beeswax. The natural ingredients create a refreshing lemon scent. The ingredients in our polish include organic beeswax, organic carnauba, refined linseed oil pressed from North American seeds, herbal essential oils, and tree resins. It is biodegradable, has a very low toxicity, no chemical fumes and no petroleum or solvents.
This old-world recipe of all natural ingredients has been handed down through many generations of a French family. The timeless recipe is colorless, reassuring it does not change the color of the wood after application.
How to use Grothouse Wood Polish™
You can easily use the Grothouse Wood Polish by following the simple steps listed below. You will need a tin of our polish and two clean cloths.
» Apply a small amount of the French polish to the wood surface with a clean cloth.
» Rub the polish onto the wood in a circular motion.
» Let the polish stand for one hour.
» Then buff the wood to a new shine with a clean cloth.
» For best results or first time use, consider waiting overnight before buffing.
» You can apply our natural wood polish when minor scratches appear on the wood surface.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our polish. You can call and speak to a member of our customer service team at 610-767-6515 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our wood polish is a great solution for those who wish to purchase Spekva oil since it is no longer available. You can purchase the polish from the Grothouse Online Store.
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.