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All About End Grain Butchers Blocks: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide

4 Responses to “All About End Grain Butchers Blocks: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide”

  1. I’m interested in purchasing an oak butchers block work top full of character and colour – can you give me a quote for 1140×600 . It may be possible to have the end of the worktop as an additional piece 600×100 for behind the butlers sink

  2. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for your comment on our information guide.

    We have emailed you a fabrication quotation separately. If for any reason you do not receive this quotation email, please let us know.

    Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

    Regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

  3. Hi,

    I’m interested in an oak end grain island top, but have read on multiple sources that oak is not recommended for end gain blocks because of its open grain structure which (unlike maple and walnut for example) can provide spaces for bacterial growth. As you sell oak (which I prefer aesthetically to both maple and walnut) end grain boards I assume you don’t share this view. Can you please explain why? Do you provide a more substantial Base finish than mineral oil in your factory?
    Thanks,
    Ciaran

  4. Hi Ciaran,

    Thanks for getting in touch regarding our oak end grain butchers blocks.

    All hardwood timbers are porous on the end grains, and like any other natural material can become a home for bacteria if not properly treated. We have provided oak butchers blocks for a number of years now, and have never been advised that they are inferior to maple or walnut equivalents. You are right that the two aforementioned timbers have a denser grain, which helps to create a less-porous surface, though we are not ware of evidence that suggests oak would present dangers in food preparation.

    Though our butchers blocks are supplied without any finish as standard, we recommend that all of our endgrain butcher blocks are finished with Danish oil to help protect the timber sufficiently whilst being safe on areas used for food preparation.

    When installed, we suggest that the area is cleaned with a natural mixture after each use and dried with clean, soft cloth to remove any excess moisture. Occasionally, you may also want to scatter a fine covering of salt across endgrain butcher blocks, to help inhibit any further bacterial growth.

    With regular cleaning and maintenance with a suitable oil or treatment of your choice, an endgrain butchers block should provide a unique kitchen feature that lasts for many years.

    Kind regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

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