Original butcher block working boards were exactly that – designed for professional butchers to use as a cutting surface to replace the then traditional tree rounds which were causing hygiene problems. Thanks to the natural beauty and appeal of these boards, many are choosing to use them in the non commercial setting as well, rather than just for commercial uses.
A lot of people now buy these chopping boards for use in the non commercial setting or residential because their natural beauty and longevity make them extremely good value for money in the long run. The old way of food preparation meat on a slice of wood cut from a tree was always an unhygienic way of doing things and the butchers block was a major step forward in dealing with this issue. The way in which the wood pieces are glued together makes for a far more hygienic surface which can be sanded down as needed.
These Monarch Butcher blocks are a big long lasting working block that is easily used by those commercial meat chopping boards on the market. They are built to hold many pounds of meat that means they can be used even on the large pieces that would at time make the other blocks become unstable.
Butchers blocks are designed to be used for many, many years and the end grain structured blocks are favored by both professional butchers and gourmet chefs because they are less wearing on the knife edges. When a cut is made, the blade can slip between grains and will last longer between sharpening.
The dovetail and double dovetail joint combined with pressurized glue application produces a solid, heavy finished product that will last many years, and certainly longer than a single piece of wood. The joints are almost impermeable to bacteria although exposure to hot water such as in a dishwasher should be avoided.
Sometimes these boards are available used, either in flea markets or on websites such as ebay because they are so long lasting. the commercial ones tend to be less pleasing to the eye, but are extremely practical.
To find the best deal you should visit several different web sites, and read up on reviews. See what people who’ve bought the butcher block you’re looking at think of theirs. Pick out your favorite ones and picture which one would look best in your home decor. Remember find one that will fit in with the theme of your room.