Learn the Truth About Butcher Block Cutting Boards Myths
Though many people consider butcher block cutting boards for
their kitchen, there are so many myths about the surface that have been circulating for a large number of
years, that it can be difficult to know what information is true, and what is simply inaccurate. Among
the most popular beliefs about butcher block cutting boards are that they are a struggle to maintain, they are
easy to scratch, they stain easily, and are they not resistant to water.
These myths have been passed around and passed down from one generation to the next, altering the perception we
have over what remains the preferred cutting and chopping surface for professional chefs and meat
cutters. That said, today’s butcher block cutting boards are made in a way that keeps their required
maintenance to a bare minimum and that makes them a great deal cleaner and more durable than those of generations
past. Get to know the truth about butcher block cutting boards myths so that you can make the right choice
for your kitchen.
Myth: butcher block cutting boards are easily scratched
Though butcher block cutting boards have held a reputation for being easy to scratch, the
truth is that they are no easier to scratch than any other kind of cutting board. The reputation was likely
the result of confusion between a wood plank cutting surface and one made out of actual butcher block. The
difference is the construction of the two types of cutting board. Butcher block cutting boards are made in a
way that uses the grain of the wood to its best advantage to resist scratches without dulling the knives and
Myth: butcher block cutting boards are easily stained
As butcher block cutting boards are made of wood, many people associate the ease of staining of many wooden
surfaces with this material. While this can be true when butcher block cutting boards are not properly
maintained, by simply giving the surface a treatment with mineral oil or another surface protector, any moisture
will not be absorbed into the wood and will therefore not stain easily. Any stains or water should be wiped
up immediately, as they should be from any other kind of material.
Myth: butcher block cutting boards are a high maintenance product
Butcher block cutting boards require treatment in order to maintain the beauty of their surface. For this
reason, many people assume that they are a high maintenance kitchen item. However, the maintenance that is
required is actually a simple oiling using a mineral oil or other food-safe product.
Myth: butcher block cutting boards are easily damaged by heat
Though many people believe that the wood or binding product in butcher block cutting boards is not very heat
resistant, the truth is that it has significantly greater heat resistance than plastic or engineered stone.
Though it is not recommended that exceptionally hot items be placed onto the surface, as burn marks can eventually
result, it should also be noted that if this type of damage does occur, it can be sanded out. Hot pots and
pans from the stove are not generally hot enough to create this type of mark.
Myth: butcher block cutting boards are a breeding ground for bacteria
Any surface, including butcher block cutting boards, but also plastic, glass, and other materials, have the
ability to retain bacteria. The issue at hand is whether or not the surface can be disinfected. If a
food preparation surface made out of any material is not properly disinfected, bacteria will be able to grow on
it. By properly cleaning butcher block cutting boards, they can be kept very sterile. Moreover, woods
naturally contain antibacterial properties, which allows butcher block cutting boards to help you to fight the
battle against bacterial growth.
As you can see much of the common knowledge about butcher block cutting boards is actually myths and
misunderstandings. Now that you better understand the material, you can make the decision as to whether you’d
like to include it in your kitchen.
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