The butcher block was designed originally for the use in meat markets and butcher shops but now these are used in homes for various purposes. You can set these as storage shelves, decorations, tables and for preparing food. The main purpose why the butcher blocks are used in home is that it is been used as a chopping block. Others materials tend to get damaged very easily when the things are chopped on it, but the butcher blocks are made of woods and the woods are a durable kind of material and one can handle it well. These are, usually, made up of unfinished woods like teak, walnut, maple and other which allows for easy chopping without the risk of damaging and splitting the finished surface.
A butcher block proves to be a valuable tool whether you are chopping the vegetables or meats. It also offers you a whole new counter-top area where you are able to prepare your food. These are found in many kinds of woods and are of various shapes and sizes. You should always keep your butcher block clean so that it does not spread any germs from the raw meat or any other types of foods. The germs that are present in it can cause severe gastric problems.
Before using your butcher block you should treat it with mineral oil. You should avoid using vegetable oil for cleaning it as it might become rancid and it can ruin the board and it can also ruin the foods that we cut on it. You should look out for the mineral oil with health products. You should clean the board with a clean damp sponge after each use and you should then dry it with a clean towel. This will help to keep the board clean for several weeks.
Deep cleaning of the butcher blocks should be done over a period of time. You should scrape the wood of the blocks in order to deep clean it. You can do this by using a utility knife or an old butcher knife that is dull. Woodworkers scraper is a better choice to deep clean the butcher block. Woodworkers scraper is a flat piece of metal which have straight edges which help to keep the surface of the board flat. Next you should rinse it with a vinegar solution. You should pour over the vinegar solution over the surface of butcher block and allow it to soak for around five to six minutes. Finally, you should scrub the block with salt and lemon juice. Apart from removing bacteria, the lemon juice and salt also helps in removing stains. After rinsing it off you, should apply some oil on the board.
If the butcher block is been not cleaned and if it is abused then you can clean it by using a sandpaper. This can also be done if you have used vegetable oil on the board to remove the oil and rancid wood. After your butcher block is been cleaned, you should now treat it with mineral oil.
Published: October 16, 2014