Butcher block was creates in the 1880s to meet the needs of the meat processing industry. Their prior cutting boards had been stumps of trees, which are notoriously difficult to move about and keep clean. Butcher block is notable for being thick and consists of strips of boards that are glued together on the end. The wood used for butcher block tables are usually hard maple. The butcher block table has many benefits.
Due to the porous nature of the wood. According to a study published by the University of Wisconsin, it was discovered that disease bacteria such as
"these were not recoverable from wooden surfaces in a short time after they were applied, unless very large numbers were used." The butcher block tables can be cleaned easily. In order to keep down the risk of cross-contamination, it is a good idea to keep more than one wood chopping block reserved for meat, vegetables, etc.
One of the reasons why the butcherblock table was create for the meat industry was not only for the sanitary concerns but because they needed a surface on which to cut that would not dull their knives. In fact, "a butcher would buy a block as an apprentice and us the block his entire career. When the block became worn, it would be planed down to create a rejuvenated cutting surface." The butcher block should be thick to withstand the years of cutting use. Make sure that the butchers block table is treated with food-safe oil.
The appearance of the butcher block makes it a classic for any kitchen. Whether the kitchen is modern or traditional, the butcher block table will serve you well. Butcher block tables can take the form of movable kitchen islands, like a kitchen island cart, or butcher block countertops or a kitchen work table. Antique butcher block tables are available as well as new ones. The antique butcher-block can be restored. You can save money by making the butcher block table yourself. While it will take some time to put the table together, the butcher block is inherently strong and will serve you for many years to come.