Butcher Block Reviews – 3 Top Picks

2010 September 29
by Karen

As I’ve become more and more skilled in the kitchen I’ve found it necessary to upgrade many of my utensils and equipment. While an IKEA plastic cutting board can undoubtably perform many functions – from cutting board to serving platter – I’ve found the flimsy plastic knife-ridden piece just doesn’t “cut it” when it comes to some of my more daring culinary creations. In fact, it downright takes longer to use a plastic cutting board than a nice, hefty solid butcher block. These butcher blocks stay put when you’re slicing and dicing – they don’t skid around the countertop like their plastic counterparts. And, for some reason it’s just easer to chop and slice veggies, meats, and cheeses on a solid butcher block. I’ve made the switch, and am so happy about it. Yes, butcher blocks cost more than plastic cutting boards but they last longer and they work better. Period.

Since you can now buy butcher blocks online in our store, I figured I would pick the top 3 in terms of price, look, and purpose.  All of them are made in Vermont using Vermont hardwood. They’re beautiful and would complement any kitchen. Here we go:

Large Vermont Maple Butcher Block: this strong and durable block is handmade using Vermont rock maple boards and includes some beautiful sunburst patterns that stand out even more when you apply mineral oil. It’s approximately 22″ wide and 13″ deep, with a good 2.5″ thick. Used in some of the most prestigious kitchens, it’s our top choice. For just under $210, you can happily use this for years.

Solid Maple Cutting Board: This pick is for those not quite ready for the heft of a full butcher block but, like me, have accepted that plastic cutting boards and cheap wooden imitations should just be a fond college memory – not a staple in our grown-up kitchens. This board measures 16″ x 9″ and is 1.5″ thick. It comes mounted on rubber non-marring feet so it will stay put while in use! A steal for only $64 (and sometimes on sale – check it out).

Large Walnut Butcher Block – this rich, dark solid walnut block sure makes one impressive statement. Some would say it is a work of art. It’s the same size as the Maple Butcher Block (22″ x 13″ x 2.5″) and features a warm stripe design. Many people choose this block based upon their kitchen colors and decor – it’s striking against dark cherry cabinets.

If you’re set on a buying a new butcher block, but can’t decide between the Maple and Walnut – check this out: Maple & Walnut Butcher Block. Best of both worlds!

Let me know if you have any questions – thanks!

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