A wide variety of butcher blocks are available for sale and are designed for both the home kitchen and for commercial use in restaurants and bigger kitchen spaces. Butchers blocks are usually made of strong, good quality wood and are heavy and thick. They are ideal for chopping meat and fish. Single blocks can be quite cheap but models that include shelving systems can reach for much more. We will have a look at a selection of different models and outline what they are designed for and who may find them useful.
A simple and elegant Butcher Block can be found at Ikea.The NORDBY is a simple wooden block that can be placed on any kitchen or work surface and will do the job that is required. This butcher block is stable and simple, but lacks the features of more sophisticated chopping blocks. The block should be rubbed with oil occasionally and should only be hand washed. The block is made from oak and is available to buy in the Ikea store but is sadly not currently available to buy online.
The John Boos Butchers block is a much more advanced butchers block and comes built on a stainless steel storage shelf. The wooden block is extremely thick and is made of high quality end grain hard rock walnut. The wooden block is also treated with an oil finish. The actual butchers block is 12.7 cm thick and is designed for commercial kitchens and restaurants. The shelf unit is mounted onto wheels and is mobile. The tubular steel shelf is very easy to clean and designed to be very hygienic. This is a very stylish butchers block and will feel at home in a cutting edge and modern kitchen space. This butchers block is not cheap and should only be considered by those that are serious about cooking.
The Eddingtons butcher block trolley is less than half of the price of the John Boos Butchers block, but manages to pack a similar design, whilst being sleek and modern in its use. The butcher block is attached to a shelving unit and the whole piece is made from good quality beech wood. The unit includes a large utensil draw which is useful for storing knives and other kitchen utensils in and the shelf section also includes a wine rack. The whole piece is also made by hand which gives a more organic feel. This butchers block is available online and comes with free delivery. Those that are serious in the kitchen should consider this model
There is a wide variety of butchers blocks and chopping boards currently available on the market. All have pros and cons and are designed for different requirements. Those that are sturdy and made from good quality material will last for years and should be an essential requirement for any serious cook in the home kitchen. Commercial restaurants may want to pay more attention to butchers blocks that come with extra features such as added storage space and mobility.