My Savvy Review Of The John Boos & Co Cherry End Grain Round Chopping Block
June 21, 2021
I am a lover of all things pertaining to the kitchen and food and have loved cooking and creating yummy meals for my family… honestly since I was like 12 years old and probably even younger. My mom worked full time so when I got home from school…. I would pull out a cookbook and find a recipe that I had all of the ingredients for and then try and make it. I kept at it and now… I am the cook in the family that everyone comes to for special recipes, recipe requests and more. Now this love of cooking also means that I am a bit obsessed with my kitchen and my culinary tools which is why anytime that I have a chance to work with John Boos & Co I am in! Hands down… John Boos & Co is my favorite culinary brand and the only brand of chopping blocks and cutting boards that I will use in my kitchen. I absolutely love the rich history behind the brand and I love their products even more as they are exquisite plus they are handcrafted right here in the USA which means everything to me.
Check out this video about the craftsmanship and integrity that goes into every single John Boos & Co Product & the reason I love them:
I had the chance to review the John Boos & Co Cherry End Grain Round Chopping Block and I have to say that this piece is a stunningly beautiful as are all John Boos & Co Cutting and Chopping Blocks. Each and every piece is handcrafted by skilled craftsman in Illinois like featured above in the video and each piece that they create is a true work of art. This board is a premium cherry wood cutting board that will make a lasting impression due to its sheer beauty.
This John Boos & Co Cherry End Grain Round Chopping Block will make a lasting impression to anyone that sees it. This board is end-grain style which is everything. You may be wondering what is the difference between End Grain and Long Grain cutting boards and chopping blocks? Well… it is all about the type of grain that is used to make the surface of the cutting board and the type of grain that the board is made with goes a long way towards determining the boards qualities. When you see mentions of end grain and long grain…. it is really all about which ‘side’ of the wood is being used to create the cutting board or chopping block.
When it comes to End Grain chopping blocks….. using end grain wood is the most labor-intensive material to use to create a cutting board, but it ages really nicely and it is also easy on your knives and will not wear them down as early as other surfaces will. When you cut on an end grain cutting board, the knife edge spreads the wood fibers apart on the hard surface. When the knife is removed, the fibers move back together and mend themselves. This results in less knife marks on the board and a board that will stay looking fabulous for years and years to come with proper care. This is completely the opposite of long grain boards as when you cut across long grain wood fibers, the fibers aren’t able to separate themselves and the pressure of the knife breaks the fibers which results in visible knife grooves in the board. This is why I am all about End Grain cutting boards and chopping blocks as end grain wood also creates the least amount of pressure on your knives and because the fibers of the wood are pointing upwards, the knife cuts into the fibers rather than across them. What you end up with is a sturdy cutting surface that will also not dull your knife blades. Add to that the fact that this chopping block is made with end grain construction plus it is American Cherry wood…. means that you will have a strong and durable chopping block that will add richness and warmth to your kitchen space.
Now about that proper maintenance discussed above…..
John Boos & Co. Board Maintenance
Caring for your John Boos Board is super easy to do as you can simply hand wash and dry the board as needed. You will also want to apply John Boos & Co Mystery Oil regularly (more often in dry climates and especially when the board is new), and I can say I probably use the Mystery Oil once a month or whenever the wood is looking a bit dry. I also highly recommend using the John Boos Board Cream to seal the wood surface after applying the Mystery Oil. The blend of mineral oil and beeswax will keep the moisture in the wood and bacteria out. The oil penetrates deep in the wood and the beeswax leaves a silky, protective barrier. You can find everything that you will need to properly care for your John Boos & Co. cutting board or chopping block in the John Boos Cutting Board Care & Maintenance Set. This is worth the investment as it will ensure your boards are cared for and with proper care they will seriously last a lifetime.
So what do you think of John Boos & Co and this gorgeous John Boos Cherry End Grain Chopping Block? It is the perfect addition to every kitchen and it is perfect for all of your chopping and cutting needs….. Plus it is made by John Boos & Co. right here in the USA in Effingham, Illinois by skilled craftspeople using time honored techniques. The final result is a stunning work of art each and every time. Check out John Boos & Co. online and visit them on social media too!
Since 1887, John Boos & Co. has been handcrafting the finest butcher blocks, cutting boards, and countertops in the USA. Their craftsmen love and know wood and are experts in handcrafting American Hardwoods into top quality products of beauty, durability and function.
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