We like to keep things simple for our users. We make sure that they get the support they need. For your convenience here is a list of the most commonly asked questions:
ChopBloc makes custom butcher block cutting boards and countertops. We have some of the most beautiful blocks in the world. We are 100% made in the USA.
Traditionally, butcher blocks are end grain and cutting boards are edge grain. Although more expensive, End grain is better for your knives, require less maintenance and will last longer than an edge grain cutting board.
Food-grade mineral oil or a wax-based butcher block oil, Howards is a great brand and available at your hardware store.
Organic oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil should not be used, they have fats that can turn rancid over time.
Glass is nonporous and easy to clean, however, glass is the worst for your knives.
Plastic is easy to maintain and is gentler on your knives, but not nearly as long lasting as wood. Over time, plastic cutting boards can become ‘furry’ allowing the plastic to harbor bacteria. In addition, plastics are bad for the environment.
When ordering an end grain or edge grain style countertop that will NOT be a working surface, we highly suggest getting a lacquer finish to seal and protect the wood.
You can put wood into two categories, ‘Hardwoods’ and ‘Softwoods.’ In general, if you are using any hardwood for a cutting board or butcher block, you have made the correct decision. All the woods we use are hardwoods.
Wash with soapy water, rinse and dry after each use, oil regularly with food-grade mineral oil or butcher block oil.
Dab with peroxide to lift the stain.
You can use a solution of 1-TBSP of bleach to 1-quart of water or a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water.
Keep the board oiled and clean to prevent odors.