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Caring for a Butchers Block

Row & Sons butcher’s blocks are individually built by our experienced craftsmen to your exact specifications. The blocks themselves are made from exceptionally solid, hardworking Canadian Rock Maple and are constructed to the highest achievable standards in order to ensure they will stand the test of time in the most demanding environments.


High quality wooden butcher’s blocks do need to be made this way as they are constantly put under tremendous pressure and stress with repeated blows from heavy duty meat cleavers and frequent everyday slicing employing the sharpest of knives.

If you are looking to get the most from your superior strength chopping block then you should find that the included instructions will suffice as a practical and invaluable guide in terms of increasing the longevity of your trusted workmate, which you can achieve easily by following a few simple steps as recommended and endorsed by Row & Son’s own in-house experts.

In addition to the printed instructions that you will find in the leaflet accompanying your wooden butcher’s block, we also recommend the following steps:

Daily Care: Using a brush block brush or a scraper, remove any loose scraps of meat or glued on debris from your wooden chopping block before wiping clean with a damp cloth. DO NOT wash or soak your block as this can cause irreversible damage.

If your wooden butcher’s block has become swollen following prolonged contact with wet food products then you can simply apply dry salt liberally across the surface which you should leave overnight before scraping off the following morning.

Weekly Care: Turning your block over once a week will prevent the overuse of any one side. Wooden chopping blocks are often susceptible to damage caused by the use of sharp implements when cutting the meat. By turning the block over on a weekly basis, you can significantly reduce the amount of damage caused.

Monthly Care: Flip your block around every three to four weeks. By turning the face of your block around 180 degrees each month, you give your block some much needed breathing space whilst preventing the build up of repeated incisions which can occur in the same places over and over again. Top Tip: Applying vegetable oil every once in a while to the working surface of the block will rejuvenate the end grain whilst keeping it looking pristine. If you are uncertain on how to go about this, or you are not confident with any other area of our care instructions then please do get in touch and we will be glad to advise!


Keeping Your Wooden Chopping Block Clean and Fresh – Scraping

Drawing a scraper across the surface of your board serves as a tried and trusted method of removing any meat, poultry or other foods that have become stuck to the surface of your chopping block.

If you are struggling to clean your butcher’s block using the methods and techniques listed above then please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of experts for any additional help and advice you may need.